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What causes abdominal pain after hernia surgery? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 11-Apr-2014
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User:I've had groin pain on left side for about a year. Had a hernia surgery on right side 7 years ago. Ultrasound showed weakness in wall but no hernia, surgeon couldn't find it either. Sometimes pain in in abdomen, but when I press on groin, or when I sit or lie down, the pain goes away. Would a hernia support help?
Doctor:Hello
User:I've had groin pain on left side for about a year. Had a hernia surgery on right side 7 years ago. Ultrasound showed weakness in wall but no hernia, surgeon couldn't find it either. Sometimes pain in in abdomen, but when I press on groin, or when I sit or lie down, the pain goes away. Would a hernia support help?
Doctor:Yes
Doctor:a hernia support would help
Doctor:sounds like a hernia for all practical purposes
User:would this explain abdominal pain?
Doctor:Yes
Doctor:I would think so
Doctor:but it is hard to be sure without being able to examine you personally
Doctor:the stretching of the week muscle or the omentum can cause the pain
User:The pain is relieved simply by pressing on one spot in the groin area
Doctor:so, yes in theory this can cause pain
Doctor:and I suppose that area is the internal inguinal ring
User:Would surgery be recommended even if technically there is no hernia?
Doctor:right?
Doctor:No, unless a demonstrable hernia is present, a surgical intervention is deferred
User:It's right above the crotch on the side
Doctor:Yes,
User:Would you then recommend a hernia support? and should it only be used when there is pain?
Doctor:that is exactly where the internal inguinal ring is
Doctor:Yes, I would advice you to go ahead with using a hernia support
Doctor:that will slow down the muscle weakness from getting worse
Doctor:You can use it all the time while you are sitting or standing
User:I'm told that a support should not be used for extended periods since it could make matters worse. Is that true?
Doctor:You should not use the support while sleeping
Doctor:You can use it while exerting
Doctor:using it for extended periods will limit the blood flow
User:Can you recommend a particular type of support? I understand that they come in several types: as a belt, or as larger unit that covers the abdomen as well
Doctor:and it will definitely cause a lot of discomfort
Doctor:A belt would be suitable in your case
Doctor:using a larger one that covers the entire abdomen will only make it worse
Doctor:even the belts come in different sizes
Doctor:depending your waist girth you can buy the appropriate one
User:OK. I'll make sure to pick one that fits well and is comfortable.
Doctor:It should not be applied too tightly
Doctor:Just a support when you strain, that should be enough
User:Thank you very much for your help. Do you have any other recommendations?
Doctor:is there anything else I can help you with?
Doctor:You can increase the fiber content in your diet
Doctor:that would decrease the chances of constipation
User:Good suggestion. Thank you.
Doctor:consequently straining, which is responsible for the hernia
Doctor:is there anything else you would like to ask me?
User:No. This was the main issue.
Doctor:Okay
User:Thanks again.
Doctor:Thank you very much for consulting me here
Doctor:You are most welcome
Doctor:Have a good day ahead
Doctor:Take care
Doctor:bye bye
User:Thank you, and the same to you. Good bye.
Doctor:Good bye
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