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Can you always see your hernia?

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Dr. David Earle
Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which abdominal organs can protrude, and you may see a lump under the skin.
If there is only a small amount of fat in the hernia, or you are obese, you may not see the lump.

In brief: No

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which abdominal organs can protrude, and you may see a lump under the skin.
If there is only a small amount of fat in the hernia, or you are obese, you may not see the lump.
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Some yes, some no

Hernia=an organ or part of an organ protruding beyond/outside of its cavity through a defect in the wall.
You cannot see hiatal hernia (stomach up in lung area) without imaging or during surgery. Large surgical hernias can be seen/felt all the time. Smaller reducible umbilical/inguinal hernias often can be seen/felt better in upright position etc.. If you have concern, consult doc. Good luck.

In brief: Some yes, some no

Hernia=an organ or part of an organ protruding beyond/outside of its cavity through a defect in the wall.
You cannot see hiatal hernia (stomach up in lung area) without imaging or during surgery. Large surgical hernias can be seen/felt all the time. Smaller reducible umbilical/inguinal hernias often can be seen/felt better in upright position etc.. If you have concern, consult doc. Good luck.
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No bulge, No hernia

Abdominal wall hernias are evident as bulges that protrude with exertion.
They can be subtle (to patient & doctor, both) and can be more obvious some days more than others. My philosophy is that if i can't find a hernia, i shouldn't recommend surgery no matter what description i hear or ct findings--if its there, it will make itself evident in time.

In brief: No bulge, No hernia

Abdominal wall hernias are evident as bulges that protrude with exertion.
They can be subtle (to patient & doctor, both) and can be more obvious some days more than others. My philosophy is that if i can't find a hernia, i shouldn't recommend surgery no matter what description i hear or ct findings--if its there, it will make itself evident in time.
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