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Can you die from ventral hernia?

Can you die from ventral hernia?

Possible, but rare: Although death from a ventral hernia is rare, they can cause significant discomfort, enlarge, and cause life threatening problems that require emergency surgery, which is usually successful at saving the life, but not always so for repairing the hernia. See a surgeon interested in hernia repair for a more complete evaluation. Find one on the Americas Hernia Society website. Hope this helps! ...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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What happens when a ventral hernia pops?

What happens when a ventral hernia pops?

May end up surgery: Most of the time small ventral hernias do not need surgery, simple binder and weight reduction is enough, large hernias had risk of gettting incarcerated (getting stuck ) most likely by transverse colon will cause dangerous complications. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a ventral hernia?

Lump, pain: A ventral hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall muscle that allows abdominal organs to protrude causing a lump or mass. If these organs are squeezed or trapped in the defect then pain can ensue. Pain is relieved by reducing the hernia contents or laying down. ...Read more

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What happens if a ventral hernia ruptures?

What happens if a ventral hernia ruptures?

Strangulated hernia: The greatest danger of a hernia is the risk of strangulation. This occurs as a result of the intestines becoming trapped in the hernia and the blood supply becoming constricted. This is a sequela of an incarcerated hernia (one in which the hernia cannot be pushed back in). Incarcerated hernias should be evaluated immediately to prevent strangulation. ...Read more

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Do I have to get surgery for a ventral hernia?

Do I have to get surgery for a ventral hernia?

No: but enlargement over time is likely. Discuss risks, benefits, options with your surgeon. ...Read more

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As between a ventral hernia and an incisional hernia?

The same.: A ventrlal hernia is a hole anywhere along the front or ventral surface of the abdominal wall. An incisional hernia is a type of ventral hernia that forms after the abdominal wall is weakened by prior surgery. ...Read more

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Please help! what happens when a ventral hernia ruptures?

Please help! what happens when a ventral hernia ruptures?

Increased size: Ventral hernias don't rupture to the outside world, the skin holds the abdominal contents in place. However, they can become very large and difficult to repair if the contents cannot be easily returned into the abdomen during the repair. ...Read more

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What are common ventral hernia post-operation complications?

What are common ventral hernia post-operation complications?

About 10% rate: Depending on the size, the nature of repair and findings in the OR, in general there is about a 10% complication rate. The most serious is a hole in the intestine created while freeing it up from the hernia, while not common, can cause infection and death (1%). The most common complications include chronic pain (often present before surgery) requiring surgery (2%) and recurrent hernia (about 3%). ...Read more

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Ventral hernia, high deductible - should I travel to india for this?

Why ?: Ventral hernia repair is relatively inexpensive simple surgery, if you really can not afford go to the clinic, most of your local hospitals will not charge you , and it is usually an out patient procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Roth
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Ventral Hernia (Definition)

Of an abdominal structure(s) through a failure in the abdominal wall at the level of ...Read more