Exercises To Do and Avoid If You Have a Hernia

Man in gym prepares to lift heavy weights, an unsafe exercise choice for someone with a hernia. MIIS logo at bottom left.

A hernia is a defect or hole that develops in the tough tissue surrounding the abdomen, known as the fascia. Hernias can form almost anywhere in the abdomen and symptoms can include swelling, pain, a bulge, or no symptoms at all. While the hole itself is not concerning, the small possibility of abdominal contents, like the colon or fatty tissue, getting trapped in the hernia defect is what we are truly concerned about. This is not to mention the pain and discomfort that can limit one’s lifestyle, when the hernia becomes symptomatic.

Of all hernias, the majority occur in the groin (inguinal) and the vast majority occur in men. Other common types of hernia include: Femoral (occurring in the upper thigh), umbilical (by the belly button) and incisional (at a surgical site).

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Do Gallstones Lead to Gallbladder Cancer?

Your gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ located in the upper right of your abdomen, connected to the liver and just under the rib cage. It serves as storage for extra bile, produced by the liver, and released into the small intestine when you eat. Bile helps break down and digest food (especially fatty foods). Removal of the gallbladder, known as a cholecystectomy, is the most common general surgical procedure performed, due to the prevalence of gallbladder conditions such as gallstones.

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Living Without Your Gallbladder – GI & Weight Gain Issues

Most patients understand that removing their gallbladder is the only way to eliminate significant, symptomatic gallbladder issues. Fortunately, gallbladder removal is very straightforward, and the vast majority of patients will have their surgery and get on with their lives very quickly. However, if you dig a little deeper on the Internet and research what others have said about gallbladder surgery, you might come across 2 worrisome post-surgical issues. While we do not suggest using the Internet as your guide to surgery, we do know that a bit of research is inevitable, so we want to discuss what you may see.

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Does A Hernia Always Need to Be Repaired?

Does A Hernia Always Need to Be Repaired?

Man in white tee shirt holds lower abdomen to support abdominal hernia before undergoing hernia repair. MIIS logo at top rightYour heart may sink when you feel a lump in your abdomen or find out you have a hernia. Surgery may seem inevitable. And to some degree this may be true. The only definitive solution for a hernia is indeed surgery. However, it should be heartening to know that hernia surgery is one of the most common general surgical procedures in the United States with over 1 million performed every year. In fact, it is estimated that about 27% of men will develop an inguinal or groin hernia in their lifetimes. But not all hernias have to be repaired – at least not right away. Following, we discuss when a hernia should be repaired and when, with your surgeon’s advice, you might be able to wait.

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