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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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Hernia (Definition)

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


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I have gallstones,largest is 4cm, will it continue to grow while i wait on surgery?Is it still possible to do surgery with keyhole when it is this big

I have gallstones,largest is 4cm, will it continue to grow while i wait on surgery?Is it still possible to do surgery with keyhole when it is this big

Yes and Yes: All stones enlarge slowly, a few weeks won't make any difference. The diameter is irrelevant due to the methods used for removal by crushing the stone inside the gall bladder upon removal ...Read more

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It is always necessary to have surgery for a femoral hernia?

It is always necessary to have surgery for a femoral hernia?

Typically : The vast majority of inguinal and femoral hernias require surgical repair especially if they are symptomatic. They will not improve without treatment. ...Read more

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Is it okay not to exercise if I have a uti?

Is it okay not to exercise if I have a uti?

If it hurts: A UTI would not neccessarily keep one from exercise unless it causes you to go to the bathroom so often that exercise makes it inconvienent. Jogging for instance may be quite uncomfortable and make finding a bathroom hard. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 40mg of Prilosec a day? I have no insurance so a simple yes it is safe or no it is not is what I am after.

Is it safe to take 40mg of Prilosec a day? I have no insurance so a simple yes it is safe or no it is not is what I am after.

Yes: Side effects are few and far between and are more likely with long term use. These include certain infections and weaker bones. ...Read more

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Is it safe to wait a year before possibly having a surgery for an umbilical hernia?

Is it safe to wait a year before possibly having a surgery for an umbilical hernia?

Most likely: Unless there was a rare complication of the hernia getting stuck, there is no urgency to repair of an umbilical hernia. ...Read more

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Is having to wait six days until you can get surgery for a fractured jaw likely okay? This is a lot longer than I thought it would take.

Is having to wait six days until you can get surgery for a fractured jaw likely okay?  This is a lot longer than I thought it would take.

Swelling: surgeon may be waiting for swelling to go down. If you have question about timing ask the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon for the reason for this time schedule in your particular case. ...Read more

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A not is on my sphincter muscle it is as big as a grape do I need to go to the er it just happen an hour ago

Let me help: Straining can push an internal hemorrhoid through the anal opening. This is known as a protruding or prolapsed hemorrhoid and can cause pain and irritation, if is not very painful you go to your doctor. Or could be external hemorrhoid. ...Read more

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How possible is it that I have a hydrocele?

How possible is it that I have a hydrocele?

It's possible: Smooth fluid filled swelling o scrotum is usually a hydrocele. Worth seeing a urologist for an e4xamination & ? scrotal ultrasound. They are usually benign but sometimes can result from &/or mask a testicular tumor. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to undergo a double balloon enteroscopy if I have an umbilical hernia?

Is it possible for me to undergo a double balloon enteroscopy if I have an umbilical hernia?

If your hernia: Is not causing any symptoms, it should not interfere with this study. Ask your GI for specific advice. ...Read more

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Is it safe during a hysterectomy to have a hernia repaired?

Is it safe during a hysterectomy to have a hernia repaired?

Yes, if your: Surgeon suggests it. Any operation is a balance between risks versus benefits, and your surgeon is the best person to judge this balance. ...Read more

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Is it likely bad to not have a groin hernia removed?

Is it likely bad to not have a groin hernia removed?

Inguinal hernia: Repair of an inguinal hernia does not always require surgical repair. Depending on the size of the bulge, the pain that it causes and potential for being incarcerated (bowel and fat trapped in the defect) or strangulated (bowel losing blood supply) recommendations for repair may vary. Other factors are patient age and state of health. Ie risk of anesthesia may out-weigh benefit of repair. ...Read more

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If i have a epididymitis, and after a surgery,its not affect to do a baby,?

If i have a epididymitis, and after a surgery,its not affect to do a baby,?

Not sure what: you mean by "after surgery". Do you have epididymitis after surgery or was surgery done to correct epididymityis. In either case, epididymitis can block the sperm channels in some cases. However, the opposite side if it is normal should be enough for normal fertility. Any questions, ask you docotr. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump near the vagina (but not on) it is quite sore as well however, I do not want to see a doctor. I am only 14 if that helps...

I have a hard lump near the vagina (but not on) it is quite sore as well however, I do not want to see a doctor. I am only 14 if that helps...

Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on Healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have surgery to tighten your virginity and make it seems like never had sex? Is this surgery safe?

Is it normal to have surgery to tighten your virginity and make it seems like never had sex? Is this surgery safe?

I : I believe the question you are asking has to do with tightening the opening to the vagina. I don't believe "normals" have been established in this arena. Many of these vaginaplasty procedures are becoming more common place but they are also very elective. In other words, it is rare when there is true medical necessity. These procedures are usually outpatient and very safe in the right hands. You can find gynecologists and plastic surgeons that perform these procedures. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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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

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How can surgery fix a hernia?

How can surgery fix a hernia?

"close the hole": A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which the inner lining of the abdominal cavity may protrude, creating a sac. This hole is typically closed by either suturing it shut or bridging the gap with a patch of artificial tissue. ...Read more

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Do you need surgery for incitional hernias?

Do you need surgery for incitional hernias?

Incisional hernia: Incisional hernia requires surgery if they can't be reduced(pushed in) easily, are enlarging, painful or tender. I feel a general surgeon is best to advise and follow the patient, however. ...Read more

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Can you get over a hernia without surgery?

Can you get over a hernia  without surgery?

No: A hernia will not resolve on its own without surgery. However, a hernia may be stable and change little, or have no discomfort, and can be observed carefully after having a doctor's examination to be sure that observation may be an option for your specific situation. ...Read more

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Does incisional hernia always require surgery?

No: But most do or they enlarge and cause other trouble. Risk - benefit is the calculation. Includes what surgery was original. Where is the incision? How large is the current defect? Contain bowel?Etc. ...Read more

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How probable can a hernia come back after surgery?

How probable can a hernia come back after surgery?

Depends: Depends on patient factors such as connective tissue disorders, steroid use and obesity among other things. Also depends on the amount of strenuous activity and the location and size of the hernia. The technique of repair is also critical, along with the experience if the surgeon. In general, you should be able to expect a 90% or greater chance of success. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Could doctors perform surgery on multiple disc hernias?

Could doctors perform surgery on multiple disc hernias?

Yes possible: Spine surgeons will perform multiple discs usually if they are in sequence, and stabilize the spine with hardware. Take the opinion from your surgeon. ...Read more

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I am having surgery on my hiatial hernia. Is this risky?

I am having surgery on my hiatial hernia. Is this risky?

Fundoplication : Hiatal hernia surgery is relatively common and also very safe; however, no operation is risk-free. Therefore, the decision to have surgery requires balancing the benefits w/the risks--this is a conversation that you need to have w/a surgeon. Risks include injury to the spleen, stomach, esophagus & a collapsed lung. This would be considered an advanced operation; experience is a must. ...Read more

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Any issue with delaying surgery for hernia that is mild?

Any issue with delaying surgery for hernia that is mild?

Close observation: Yes small groin hernias , it is possible to observe closely if it get incarcerated ( can not be pushed in , wii have pain ) emergency surgery could be done , as long as not away from medical help . In general should be fixed ( surgery ) is simple low risk out patient procedure. ...Read more

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How long does a double hernia laperscopic surgery usually take?

Variable: Primary bilateral laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair requires about 15 to 30 min to complete per side depending on surgeon experience, the exact type of hernia (direct vs. Indirect), patient body habitus and other factors. If one or more of the hernias is recurrent, that can up to double the time. ...Read more