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I have an epigastric hernia. Size is an egg and not painful. The surgery is planned for 30 april 2013. Is synthetic mesh the best solution? Symptoms?

I have an epigastric hernia. Size is an egg and not painful.  The surgery is planned for 30 april 2013. Is synthetic mesh the best solution? Symptoms?

Yes: Umbilical hernia repair is surgery to repair an umbilical hernia. An umbilical hernia is a sac formed from the inner lining of your belly that pushes through a hole in the abdominal wall at the belly button. At surgery the mesh is used to cover the defect and stitched to the adjacent tissues. Eventually, the tissues heal over the mesh and it becomes an integral part of the body. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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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


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Will my epigastric hernia go away if i lose weight?

Will my epigastric hernia go away if i lose weight?

No: It may not bother you as much, but will not go away without surgical repair. ...Read more

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Epigastric hernia - should I travel to asia with this?

Epigastric hernia - should I travel to asia with this?

Maybe: Depends on how long it has been there, how much it bothers you, how long you will be gone, and whether or not you will be in a location with access to health care. If it been there a long time, and doesn't bother you, then it is probably very low risk to cause a problem. Less time, more symptoms, higher probability of a problem. Hope this helps, and have a nice trip! ...Read more

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Epigastric hernia with pregnancy?

Epigastric hernia with pregnancy?

Hernia: Not sure what the question is, but the only way to fix a hernia is with an operation. You would like to avoid this if possible, but may need to operate for unrelenting, severe pain or problems with the intestines related to the hernia. See a gernal surgeon, your ob, and sages.Org guidelines for laparoscopic surgery during pregnancy for more info. ...Read more

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What is an epigastric hernia?

What is an epigastric hernia?

A hole: A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall muscle layer. When this occurs in the area between the belly button and breast bone, its referred to an epigastric hernia. They are commonly associated with hernias at the belly button as well. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it good to get an epigastric hernia repaired?

Is it good to get an epigastric hernia repaired?

Yes: Epigastric hernia is a defect in the linea alba - midline fascia. There is usually herniation of preperitoneal fat. Usually asymptomatic but sometimes can be associated with pain due to incarceration/strangulation of the fat or wall of intestine. Therefore, recommend surgical repair. ...Read more

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Can I do exercise while i'm waiting to have a epigastric hernia fixed?

It depends.: Aerobic activity and light weights should be no problem prior to hernia repair, assuming that the exercise does not cause pain related to the hernia. I suggest to my patients that they try and determine what exercises cause the most stress to this area prior to surgery; those are the ones i want them to avoid for 2-3 weeks after surgery. Of course, it's always best to check w/your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have an epigastric hernia and would like to get pregnant this year. Can i wait until after I have the baby to get the hernia fixed ?

Your choise: If the hernia is a problem effecting your day to day comfort, the time frame for scheduling a repair & resolving the problem is known & predictable. Achieving a pregnancy is a bit unpredictable ( could take a year or more) & would likely aggravate the hernia. You might want to consult with the obgyn that knows you & plan accordingly. ...Read more

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1 month since open repair of epigastric hernia using mesh. Is it ok to do 30min of 4mph walks or crosstrainer session. When is it ok for strength ex?

1 month since open repair of epigastric hernia using mesh.  Is it ok to do 30min of 4mph walks or crosstrainer session.  When is it ok for strength ex?

As tolerated: I would say to perform your activities as tolerated by pain and discomfort. Use common sense and listen to your body. There are however a variety of techniques that can be used for this type of repair, so check with your surgeon to be sure. Good luck! ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for epigastric hernia?

Hernia or diastasis?: You need to differentiate an abdominal wall hernia from rectus diastasis. A hernia occurs when there is a defect in the abdominal wall that allows contents to protrude through the defect, most common are inguinal, umbilical and ventral (post-surgical) hernias. Rectus diastasis is a weakness of the midline tissues that normally connect the two rectus muscles. The weakness is not a true hernia. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more