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What is a hernia?

What is a hernia?

A fascial tear: All hernias are caused by a disruption in the fascia of the abdominal wall. Fascia is a strong sheet of connective tissue that extends from the top of you abdomen (where it meets your chest) down past your groin. The fascia is the strength layer of your abdominal wall. It is responsible for keeping your abdominal contents in your abdomen. A hernia is a hole in your fascia. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more


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What is a hernia ?

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Defect or hole: Hernia is a defect in abdominal wall most of the time, but more correctly abnormal protrusion of a viscus ( like disc, brain etc ). ...Read more

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What causes a hernia?

What causes a hernia?

Nature/Nurture: Most hernias develop due to a "birth defect" of sorts, where natural holes in the abdominal wall present in fetal life fail to close. This may manifest itself at birth or require years of "exertion" before the hole reaches a size large enough to be evident. Other hernias are strictly "wear-and-tear" phenomena, although it is believed that they occur in-part due to inherently weak tissue. ...Read more

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What are some hernia symptoms?

What are some hernia symptoms?

Variable: Abdominal wall hernias can cause pain or discomfort, often worse with activity or certain positions. There is typically a lump under the skin that represents the abdominal contents coming through the hole in the abdominal wall (the hernia). Thus lump can enlarge, and in some cases become so large it becomes difficult to fit clothes and perform your usual activities. ...Read more

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What is a hernia and what can I do?

Weak/torn abdominal: Fascia (wall) tissue in the abdominal region is fairly common (more in men) and the only correction is surgery. Depending on the location, some can wear devices that externally substitute for the structure and hold things 'somewhat' together. Especially if it hurts or interferes in activity you'll want surgery. It's not particularly dangerous. Have it evaluated to plan. Best! ...Read more

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What is a hernia? Can woman get them?

What is a hernia? Can woman get them?

A hole: And abdominal wall or groin hernia is literally a hole in the abdominal wall through which abdominal contents may protrude, causing a lump and/or pain. Belly button hernias are very common in women, and though they are less common then men, women can get groin hernias as well. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What is a hernia? What are its symptoms?

What is a hernia? What are its symptoms?

Defect or hole: Hernia is a defect in abdominal wall most of the time, but more correctly abnormal protrusion of a viscus ( like disc, brain etc ).Symptoms depends on what type of hernia , usual groin hernias will have swelling that could be pushed inside , pain untreated will get complications ...Read more

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What is a hernia? What are the symptoms?

What is a hernia? What are the symptoms?

Hole: Abdominal wall her is are a hole in the muscular wall of the abdomen, through which abdominal contents can protrude, usually fat and/or intestines. Symptoms are typically pain/discomfort, and a bulge under the skin that often goes away when lying down or with manual pressure. Your primary care doctor is a good place to start if you think you have a hernia. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Please help me? What is a hernia, and what are symptoms?

Please help me? What is a hernia, and what are symptoms?

It is a hole or tear: If an abdominal muscle tears, a hole develops in the abdominal wall. This is a hernia. Just like putting your fist through the wall in your home, you would need a plasterer to repair the hole in your wall. A general surgeon can help explain and determine if you have a hernia and if it needs to be repaired. ...Read more

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What causes recurrent hernias that mesh does not stay in place. Are there any ithers ways to repair hernias instead of mesh?

What causes recurrent hernias that mesh does not stay in place. Are there any ithers ways to repair hernias instead of mesh?

Recurrent hernias: The incidence of hernia recurrence is dependent on the size and type of hernia, patient factors such as obesity, and the method of repair. The use of mesh has significantly reduced the rate of recurrence, but it is not perfect. When a hernia does recur it is not due to the mesh moving as much as persistence of the same factors which caused the hernia, leading to a "blow-out" ...Read more

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What does a hernia feel like when you push back inside your body? I have a hard, reducible mass on my lwr lft side. It is not always present. No pain.

Doesn't always hurt: To answer your question, a hernia doesn't always hurt, and some people are able to push the hernia in, or "reduce it" without discomfort. The problem is that over time the muscles holding the hernia "in" can become stretched causing the hernia to become larger, or worse, the hernia can become "strangulated" where it twists on itself, requiring emergency surgery. It is best to repair these early ...Read more

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What is sports hernia?

What is sports hernia?

Due to strenuous: activity ( as in sports ) layers of muscle will tare and cause defects ( hernia ) Usual physical examination may not show , some times will need special radiological studies . ...Read more

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What causes groin hernias?

What causes groin hernias?

No specific cause: Groin or inguinal hernias are quite common in men, and may be somewhat hereditary. It is a weakness in the fibers that may be weak since birth. Can sometimes be associated with heavier lifting or repeated straining. ...Read more

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What is diaphragmatic hernia?

What is diaphragmatic hernia?

Bowel in chest: Bowel pokes through defect in diaphragm and gets into chest cavity. Congenital causes poor development of the affected lung, causing a newborn to need a ventilator or ecmo. Adults can get with abdomen trauma, like stab wounds that cut the diaphragm. Less dangerous because lung is normal and should re-expand when fixed. Similar is hiatal hernia, where stomach slides through opening for esophagus. ...Read more

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What causes inguinal hernias?

What causes inguinal hernias?

Congenital/acquired : The path taken for testicular descend can stay open or predispose one to inguinal herniation - this is aka indirect hernia. The hernia more common with accident, sport injury or heavy lifting as with construction workers is frequently through the direct inguinal space - direct inguinal hernia. ...Read more

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What causes diaphragmatic hernia?

What causes diaphragmatic hernia?

Lack of development: Poor or incomplete development of the pluroperitoneal membrane which forms the diaphragm muscle. ...Read more

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What is hiatal hernia?

Hiatal hernia: A hiatal hernia is a laxity or defect of the diaphragm where the esophagus travels through the back of the chest into the abdominal cavity and your stomach. Some patients have heartburn associated with hiatal hernias while some do not. ...Read more

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What causes hiatal hernia?

Stretched diaphragm : There is normally a hole in the diaphragm through which passes the esophagus. The diaphragm separates the abdominal and chest cavities, and the chest cavity is like a vacuum. When the normal opening stretches out and becomes large enough, the stomach gets "sucked" into the chest slowly. Why some get this and others don't is largely a mystery. ...Read more

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What is lateral hernia in colon?

What is lateral hernia in colon?

???: Not sure i understand the question. Are you talking about a hernia in the lateral abdominal wall (muscles) that is filled by the colon? Or a hernia in the wall of the colon itself -- because that is not a typical way of describing a colon problem. There are diverticuli that are weaknesses in the colon wall that bulge out, but I have not heard these called herniae? ...Read more

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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