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What does an intestinal/abdominal hernia feel like (symptoms)?

What does an intestinal/abdominal hernia feel like (symptoms)?

Hernia: Well, they can range from being completely asymptomatic to causing things like a bulge, pain, swelling, redness, nausea, vomiting, intestinal obstruction. ...Read more

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Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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What does a hernia in the belly button look like?

What does a hernia in the belly button look like?

A buldge: Usually the 'belly button' (umbilical hernia) protrudes out, not in the usual inward appearance. To check if this is present, you should lie on your back, relax your abdomen, and press in on the buldge and see if it goes in or flat. You may actually feel and soft opening. ...Read more

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What does hiatal hernia feel like?

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What does hiatal hernia feel like?

Hiatal hernia: Most commonly patients with hiatal hernias will experience symptoms of reflux such as heartburn and regurgitation if they have any symptoms at all. The vast majority of hiatal hernias encountered are small asymptomatic hernias that require no intervention. Only those hernias that are symptomatic should be treated. If surgery is required, it usually can be done laparoscopically. ...Read more

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What does a hiatal hernia have to do with heartburn?

What does a hiatal hernia have to do with heartburn?

Increased reflux : A hiatal hernia occurs when a portion of the stomach pushes up through the diaphragm and enters the chest. The negative pressure in the chest during the inspiratory part of breathing increases acid reflux into the esophagus and worsens the symptoms of heartburn. ...Read more

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What is hiatal hernia? What is hiatal hernia and how do people contract it?

What is hiatal hernia? What is hiatal hernia and how do people contract it?

Enlarged hiatus: A hiatal hernia is a hernia through the diaphragm. The natural opening where the esophagus comes through the diaphragm enlarges. Sometimes it gets big enough that a significant amount of stomach can get through the hole into the chest. This may or may not be related to reflux disease, which is the most common symptom associated with hiatal hernias. ...Read more

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What does a hemorrhoid look like?

What does a hemorrhoid look like?

Depends: External hemorrhoids are swollen tissue around the anus pink or red and soft but twender to touch. If it thomboses or clots, pain is increased and it will have apurple color and be firm/hard to the touch. If not sure what the swelling is, get an expert to evaluate and offer treatment options. ...Read more

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What does mean if your stools look like a rope?

What does mean if your stools look like a rope?

Means: less frequent bowel movements (Stool "fills up" the lower descending colon/rectum) and /or HIGH FIBER consumption! In any case does not sount "serious" Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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What does a bladder prolapse look like?

What does a bladder prolapse look like?

Bladder Prolapse: There is a color diagram at: http://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/bladder-prolapse-(cystocele) ...Read more

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What does a skin ulcer look like?

What does a skin ulcer look like?

Shallow skin crater : A skin ulcer in an opening in the skin that shows exposed tissue. Although they are generally round, the can be linear as well. ...Read more

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What does a hemmroid look like?

What does a hemmroid look like?

Depends: External hemorrhoids are swollen tissue around the anus pink or red and soft but tender to touch. If it thomboses or clots, pain is increased and it will have a purple color and be firm/hard to the touch. If not sure what the swelling is, get an expert to evaluate and offer treatment options. ...Read more

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What does a lipoma look and feel like?

What does a  lipoma look and feel like?

Soft and rounded: It would be a rubbery soft, rounded lump under the skin. They often feel like they move around underneath the skin too. ...Read more

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What causes a tortuous esophagus if its not a hiatal hernia?

What causes a tortuous esophagus if its not a hiatal hernia?

Motility disorder: It could be a motility disorder such as distal (formerly diffuse) esophageal spasm or a nutcracker esophagus. High resolution Manometry is the test to find out. A small tube is placed into the esophagus and you swallow water 10 times. It measures the valve pressures and the coordination and strength of the muscle contractions. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What is a hiatal hernia?

What is a hiatal hernia?

Hole in diaphragm: The diaphragm is the muscle that separates the chest- from the abdominal cavity. Many structures have to go thru the diaphragm in order to enter into the abdominal cavity, including the esophagus, the aorta, and the vena cava. The hiatus is the hole in the diaphragm thru which the esophagus passes. This can enlarge, allowing the stomach to "yo-yo" up into the chest: this is called a hiatal hernia. ...Read more

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How does a hiatal hernia cause gerd?

How does a hiatal hernia cause gerd?

"Yo-Yo" stomach.: One mechanism that prevents reflux of food or acid from the stomach up the esophagus is the fact that the pressure within the abdominal cavity is higher than the pressure in the stomach. If the stomach "yo-yo's" into the chest cavity through a hiatal hernia, the negative pressure within the chest cavity changes this pressure gradient, favoring reflux. ...Read more

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It looks like gastroenterologists specialize. How do I find one that might do hiatal hernia + acid reflux surgery?

It looks like gastroenterologists specialize. How do I find one that might do hiatal hernia + acid reflux surgery?

They don't operate: Under medical specialties, there is training program in GI diseases. These clinicians are the gastro enterologists who treat and handle the diagnosis of GI disorders such as Crohns disease, Ulcerative colitis, bleeding ulcer disease and are the one who do upper and lower GI endoscopy. Surgery of the upper GI tract is performed by general surgeons who can handle reflux and hiatal disease. ...Read more

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Is a hiatal hernia the same as a diaphragmic hernia? My endoscopy results use both terms so i'm confused. Online it seems a diaphragm hernia is worse.

Is a hiatal hernia the same as a diaphragmic hernia? My endoscopy results use both terms so i'm confused. Online it seems a diaphragm hernia is worse.

Same thing: There's a natural hole in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes to deliver food and drink to the stomach. When this hole stretches out, the stomach can go up in to the chest (herniate). Small amounts of stomach (small hernia) should be ignored. Large hernias are also called paraesophageal hernias, and should be considered for surgical repair. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a hernia in the groin area like bulge sac?

What does it mean to have a hernia in the groin area like bulge sac?

Inguinal Hernia: Inguinal, or groin hernias are very, very common (in men). If the hernia is small and not interfering with your daily activities, it is acceptable to take a "wait-and-see" approach. If not, hernia surgery is advised; this is an outpatient operation that can be performed "open" or via laparoscopy, typically with mesh. I recommend that you see a general surgeon for a formal evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

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What does it feel like to have a bowel obstruction?

What does it feel like to have a bowel obstruction?

Lousy.: A small bowel obstruction usually occurs due to scar tissue from prior abdominal surgery, causing the bowel to kink like a garden hose. This causes the intestinal contents to back up, leading to cramping abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, and, most tellingly, the absence of passage of stool or gas--we call this obstipation. Management requires hospitalization and sometimes even surgery. ...Read more

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Could a hiatal hernia really kill you?

Could a hiatal hernia really kill you?

Yes, but it's rare: Hiatal hernia is more likely the older you get ; can exist without symptoms.Hiatal hernia can have symptoms associated with reflux--hearburn, chest pain, difficulty swallowing.Long history of reflux can result in changes in the esophagus leading to bleeding, scarring, or cancer.Rarely, hiatal hernia becomes paraesophageal hernia (part of stomach alongside esophagus in chest) ; is life threatening. ...Read more

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Hernia (Definition)

A condition that occurs when part of the stomach bulges into the chest. It can cause severe ...Read more