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abdominal muscles were not reattached, what can i do?

I was in a severe car accident almost 3 years ago. Due to the accident I lost my spleen, my stomach ruptured and liver was cut. Apparently once the surgery was complete my vitals kept dropping so as a last resort they cut me open to relieve pressure and left me that way - I ended up healing from the inside out - Due to all of the other injuries My abdominal issues were the least of their worries and all focus was on saving my leg - Something I noticed once I was home was that my abdominal muscles were not reattached to each other and now (unless I wear a girdle like garment) my stomach slips through the hole. If i do not wear a garment I get motion sickness whe nI walk and my back hurts - i dont think anything really is WRONG with this but it is uncomfortable and I no longer know what would be "normal" activities for me - What can hurt me and what cant because i never saw the doc that did the abdominal work after i came out of the coma - I still see the Ortho because the leg is still severely damaged. So I had no way of finding out what I need to do from here - Where do I start? What can I do and what can I not do? What SHOULD i do?
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replied March 29th, 2012
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The detailed history is suggestive that you have developed a Abdominal hernia, at the site of the abdominal surgery, as a result of weakness at the site.

A hernia is usually a sac formed by the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum). The sac comes ‎through a hole or weak area in the fascia, the strong layer of the abdominal wall that surrounds the ‎muscle.‎

Most often there are no symptoms. However, sometimes there may be discomfort or pain. The ‎discomfort may be worse when you stand, strain, or lift heavy objects.‎

Although a hernia may only cause mild discomfort, it may get bigger and strangulate. This means that ‎the tissue is stuck inside the hole and its blood supply has been cut off. If this occurs, you will need ‎urgent surgery.‎

Surgery is the only treatment that can permanently fix a hernia. Here a surgical mesh made of a strong, sterile, synthetic material is placed under the hernia site to strengthen the weakened muscle and prevent herniation of abdominal contents. Recovery from this procedure may take about 2-3 weeks depending on the size and location of the hernia.

You may consult with your doctor or a Surgeon for a examination and proper treatment and advice.

I hope this helps.

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