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Why am I still having stomachs pain after wall hernia above my belly button?

Why am I still having stomachs pain after wall hernia above my belly button?

Uncertain: If the pain is directly over the hernia, it is likely related to the hernia, and you should see a general surgeon for a consultation. If the hernia was repaired, and that's where the pain is, it should gradually improve over the course of 2-6 weeks depending on the type of repair and your response to operation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What is the difference between a weak spot in the abdomen wall and a hernia?

What is the difference between a weak spot in the abdomen wall and a hernia?

Matter of degree: A weak spot in the abdominal wall is on its way to becoming a hernia. Sometimes this happens suddenly and sometimes gradually. ...Read more

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Are there exercises which strengthens the abdominal wall and which can help against developing a hernia in first place?

Are there exercises which strengthens the abdominal wall and which can help against developing a hernia in first place?

No: Many people with strong abdominal muscles get hernias, and many people with weaker muscles don't have hernias. There is most likely a genetic predisposition to hernia formation based on the types of connective tissue that any given individual has. Keep exercising though, its great for lots of other things! ...Read more

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What causes a periumbilical ventral abdominal wall hernia?

What causes a periumbilical ventral abdominal wall hernia?

Opening in muscle : You may have a weakness where your umbilical cord went thru. Or it can be from a surgery that left a weakness there. ...Read more

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If there was hernia present in the testicle, wouldn't I be in pain? Wouldn't I feel pain in the abdomen if intestine goes through ab wall?

If there was hernia present in the testicle, wouldn't I be in pain? Wouldn't I feel pain in the abdomen if intestine goes through ab wall?

Not necessarily: You are likely describing an inguinal hernia, with bowel and fat contents herniating through abdomen into inguinal canal and sometimes into the scrotum. You may feel a bulge when performing heavy lifting, but typically a small hernia may not be painful at all. Extreme pain would only happen if the hernia twists on itself, which could cause bowel obstruction and a surgical emergency. ...Read more

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What should I do to repair my para-umbilical hernia itself naturally , and what time it requires to repair 2 to 3 CM hole in internal abdomen wall ?

What should I do to repair my para-umbilical hernia itself naturally , and what time it requires to repair 2 to 3 CM hole in internal abdomen wall ?

SurgeryOnlyOption: Umbilical hernias may be easily repaired under general anesthesia as an out-patient. Depending on the size of the hernia and other patient-factors, we often advise using mesh to close the hole (like patching a tire). I advise hernia repair if it is causing symptoms that are interfering with one's quality of life, or if the hole is so large that there is the potential for intestine to get stuck. ...Read more

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Does the intestine have to be pretruding through a weak spot in the abdomen wall for it to considered a hernia?

Does the intestine have to be pretruding through a weak spot in the abdomen wall for it to considered a hernia?

No: Any abdominal contents protruding through a hole in the abdominal wall are referred to as a hernia. This is usually fat or intestines, but can include the urinary bladder, liver, spleen and even the kidney on rare occasions. ...Read more

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Can pig abdomen wall or some other part be used in some way 2 repair hernias instead of artificial mesh which creates so many problems and recurrence?

Can pig abdomen wall or some other part be used in some way 2 repair hernias instead of artificial mesh which creates so many problems and recurrence?

Ask about ADM: Acellular dermal matrixes ("adm") are exactly the biomaterials that you are asking about. There are a number of types, including ones sourced from pigs. And yes, they can be used in hernia repairs. Speak to your local general surgeon about this option. ...Read more

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Is loosing weight initially associated with early symptom of ingenuial hernia? When abdominal wall weakens does blood test show anything?

Is loosing weight initially associated with early symptom of ingenuial hernia? When abdominal wall weakens does blood test show anything?

Hernias: Hernias can protrude with weight loss. The fat that was plugging the opening may shrink and allow fat or abdominal organs to protrude. You should start with a physical exam to see if your hernia can be felt. A general surgeon or general internist can examine you. If it is small, an ultrasound or ct scan can image the hernia. Blood tests will not help. ...Read more

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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.

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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Can prednisone irritate an abdominal hernia or could the use of prednisone weaken the wall that could cause a hernia?

Can prednisone irritate an abdominal hernia or could the use of prednisone weaken the wall that could cause a hernia?

No unlikely: Long term use of steroid s ( Prednisone ) will have several side effects on body, weight gain fat distribution , muscle weakness ( myopathy ) if have tendency for one , or a pre existent hernia will get one, other wise will not get hernia. ...Read more

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Can you feel and see your intestine move when you have thin abdominal wall muscles surgeon said no hernia?

Can you feel and see your intestine move when you have thin abdominal wall muscles surgeon said no hernia?

Yes: Actually it is common for people with, we call it scaphoid abdomen, to see the peristaltic movement of the intestines against the abdominal wall. ...Read more

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Had 4 hernias repaired n mesh. New CT had anterior abdominal wall hernia. Pain my r. Side of naval by mesh. Do I need it fixed, yes hurts off n on.

Had 4 hernias repaired n mesh. New CT had anterior abdominal wall hernia. Pain my r. Side of naval by mesh. Do I need it fixed, yes hurts off n on.

Increased risk: Abdominal wall hernias are repaired to prevent bowel from becoming stuck (incarcerated) in the hernia. Blood flow can become compromised, intestinal blockages and pain also occur. Larger hernias are safer then smaller ones. Each time a hernia is repaired the chance of success goes down. Weigh loss, smoking cessation, exercise, and good nutrition can improve your outcome. You have to weigh options ...Read more

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Might it be possible to get carry a pregnancy after abdominal hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction?

Might it be possible to get carry a pregnancy after abdominal hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction?

Yes: I have had several patients have a successful pregnancy after laparoscopic incisional hernia repair, some with large mesh. Should be equally as fine after a full abdominal wall reconstruction as well. ...Read more

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Can an ESR or full blood count blood test be high range after or when abdominal wall is broken by intestine for ingenuial hernia?

Can an ESR or full blood count blood test be high range after or when abdominal wall is broken by intestine for ingenuial hernia?

Yes: esr non specific. High white count expected when stressed like post surgical. All single tests performed always require a clinical understanding. For instance an elevated ear and high white cell count after are concerning. But if a patient just had surgery and is doing better than the clinical situation is reassuring. Talk to your doctor about your concerns. ...Read more

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Its said MRI is good in evaluating soft tissues in pelvis.So can it be used 2 diagnose weakness of abdominal wall in advance that can lead 2 hernia?

Its said  MRI is  good in evaluating soft tissues in pelvis.So can it be used 2 diagnose weakness of abdominal wall in advance that can lead 2 hernia?

Can't predict : While there may be a weakness there, there is currently no information about the likelihood this will become a hernia. I advise patients with a weakness only to carry on about there lives without restriction or worry. If they are having a her is repair on one side, and a weakness on the other, i usually repair both sides laparoscopically. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I havehad a nissen and hiatal hernia surgery then an abdominal wall reconstruction with surgical mesh then an abdominal wall reconstruction with pig?

I  havehad a nissen and hiatal hernia surgery then an abdominal wall reconstruction with surgical mesh then an abdominal  wall reconstruction with pig?

Pig - yes: I can't tell from your description the exact mesh or where it was placed. But generally speaking, there are biologic mesh products, some of which are derived from pigs (porcine mesh). Porcine mesh products are processed such that all the cells are washed away, and only the underlying matrix remains. Thus, the risk of adverse reactions from the mesh are very low and the products are very safe. ...Read more

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