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When is it okay to not have surgery for a hernia?

When is it okay to not have surgery for a hernia?

Small, asymptomatic: If a hernia is very small and not causing any symtoms, it can be safely watched (depending upon the location and type of hernia). The decision to operate is always balanced by the age and health of the patient. ...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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Saroma: how long before one disappears following surgery for a hernia?

Saroma: how long before one disappears following surgery  for a hernia?

Weeks to months: A seroma is the fluid trapped by the repair that is "secreted" by the damaged tissue from the surgery. It will go away. I always tell my patients not to have someone drain it as they could get infected and that would be worse. Give it time and it will get better. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wait after getting surgery for a hernia for flying on a 3 hour plane?

How long do you have to wait after getting surgery for a hernia for flying on a 3 hour plane?

No rule for flight: although there is no specific rule for when you can fly after most hernia surgeries, It makes sense to wait 1-2 weeks if having substantial pain after surgery or you are high risk for complications. If you had laparoscopic surgery it is often recommended you wait about 24 hours to let the Air introduced in to your abdomen completely otherwise it could cause increased pain due to pressure changes ...Read more

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Have discomfort in my left testical. Doc suggested surgery for a hernia. I still have discomfort and swelling there as well. What does this mean?

Nonspecific : It depends on whether or not you had the operation or not. I would suggest calling the doctor that you already know. It doesn't sound like something specific, but your doctor can help explain it i'm sure. ...Read more

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When my sister was 5 years old she has surgery for a hernia and now every time she eats the top of her stomach hurts. Does it have to do with that?

When my sister was 5 years old she has surgery for a hernia and now every time she eats the top of her stomach hurts. Does it have to do with that?

Possibly: The hernia that forms in young females is umbilical in origin. Occassionally small defect at site allows knuckle of bowel or omentum to catch into remnant of hernia repair. This will cause the symptoms of abdominal pain. Examination and x rays at time of symptoms can rule this process out. ...Read more

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Have discomfort in my left testical.The doctor suggested surgery for a hernia. I still have discomfort and swelling there as well. What does this mean?

Have discomfort in my left testical.The doctor suggested surgery for a hernia. I still have discomfort and swelling there as well. What does this mean?

See a surgeon: Groin hernias are the result of weakness of the abdominal wall. More common in men. Usually have a buldge/pain in groin. Can have pain radiate to testicle as well. Isolated pain in the testicle without other findings would concern me it could be related to a problem with testicle. Best to see the doc who fixes hernias to make sure you really have one. ...Read more

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I had one Fallopian tube removed. but on the otherside I had surgery for a hernia and nerves. my periods have been horrible. can my other tube rupture?

I had one Fallopian tube removed. but on the otherside I had surgery for a hernia and nerves. my periods have been horrible. can my other tube rupture?

Short answer: yes: If you still have an intact salpynx (tube and ovary), it is possible to get infected, twist on itself or have an ectopic pregnancy develop. If your menstrual cycles are off or bad, seek help from gynecologist. The hernia surgery probably didn't do anything to the remaining tube or ovary. ...Read more