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Dr. Joey Bluhm
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I had 2 "vertical" c-sections 39 & 40 yrs ago. Now i'm told I have a large hernia in my rectus abdominis: surgery to repair? Recovery time?

I had 2 "vertical" c-sections 39 & 40 yrs ago. Now i'm told I have a large hernia in my rectus abdominis: surgery to repair? Recovery time?

Yes: Surgery is required to repair any hernia. This can be done by opening your previous incision or laparoscopically. Recovery time varies depending on size of the hernia, technique of repair, and individual patient recovery process. I would plan on at least one night in hospital for bigger hernias and anywhere from 2-6 weeks of limited activity. ...Read more

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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


Dr. Larry Greenbaum
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Hello.I have a groin strain ,where Rectus Abdominus attaches to Pubis Symphsis,It is swollen and tender.Could I have caused myself an inguinal hernia?

Hello.I have a groin strain ,where Rectus Abdominus attaches to Pubis Symphsis,It is swollen and tender.Could I have caused myself an inguinal hernia?

Location, location!: The pubic symphysis is right in the middle of the pelvis (straight down from the umbilicus). An inguinal hernia causes a lump in the groin (left or right) and may or may not be painful or tender. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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What do the following symptoms mean: ventral hernia, a tumor and a rectus diastasis?

What do the following symptoms mean: ventral hernia, a tumor and a rectus diastasis?

Alphabet Soup: Ventral hernia: a bulge in the abdominal wall; most common site is the umbilicus. Diastasis rectii: separation of the normally-fused "6-pack" rectus muscles; it may look like a hernia but the fascia that covers the muscle is intact; tumor: is simply a growth; it can be benign or malignant (cancer). Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dr. John Fung
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Precisely on rectus abdom attaches to Pubic crest, area is swollen and tender area.Did it with deep ext stretch.Have I given myself an Ingui Hernia?

Precisely on rectus abdom attaches to Pubic crest, area is  swollen and tender area.Did it with deep ext stretch.Have I given myself an Ingui  Hernia?

Probably not: Sounds as if you may have injured the insertion of the rectus muscle, which is pubic symphysis, similar to a muscle strain. It would be unusual for you to have subsequently created a hernia. If indeed you did, it would be a direct hernia, which is the floor of the inguinal canal. Put a heating pad on it, rest it, wait a couple of weeks and if it is still bothering you, see your MD ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Michaels
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Could an injured/strained rectus abdominal include symptoms related to upset stomach, stomach pressure & hernia?

Could an injured/strained rectus abdominal include symptoms related to upset stomach, stomach pressure & hernia?

Depends: On the severity of the injury.If complete rupture or tear of the muscle there may be bleeding & abdominal hernia & stomach pressure.If your symptoms are this severe please see a doctor soon. Minor strain would not cause any of this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. Myron Arlen
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Surgeon ordered CT of hernia repair site bc of pain said I have right side thickening of rectus by my mesh. Left side loss of muscle. site is under belly button. More surgery he said poss. granuloma.

Surgeon ordered CT of hernia repair site bc of pain said I have right side thickening of rectus by my mesh. Left side loss of muscle. site is under belly button. More surgery he said poss. granuloma.

Possible surgery: When a hernia of abdominal wall repaired, it is essentail to have the wall intact. This is accomplised by inserting a mesh to cover the defect so the newly constructed wall is complete. The mesh is sutured into place with strong unually non absorbable sutures. It is possible that at one of the suture sites there is a hematoma or granuloma developing. Surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Can a tummy tuck fixed a ventral hernia?

Can a tummy tuck fixed a ventral hernia?

Not always: If you have a true ventral hernia this is sometimes best corrected laparoscopically. This can be done at the same time as a tummy tuck. Hernias can always be repaired when doing a tummy tuck, however some repairs hold up better if done from the inside (internally). ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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When I do a crunch my abdominal wall axis protrudes up like a pup tent. Is this a lateral hernia or a diastis recti? No protruding lumps when relaxed.

Diastasis: Is likely from what you describe, if what you are seeing is located in the upper middle of the abdominal wall. Diastasis can be quite common ; nothing of concern. See your doctor if it is uncomfortable or bothersome to you to be sure it is nothing else. ...Read more

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Dr. Janet Meller
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Dr. Yash Khanna
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What can be done about a moderate size fixed hatial hernia?

Moderate size hiatus: Small to moderate hiatus hernia and do not need any surgical intervention, if you have symptoms, treatment is recommended 1 if you are overweight try to lose weight 2 avoid strees 3 you can use antisecretory drugs like pump inhibitors or h2 blockers if the reflux symptoms are severe and do not respond to meds may need nissen funoplication you need treatment for symptoms and prevent stricture esoph. ...Read more

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