I have a very very small umbelical hernia. The dr said I could have surgery or not. Just wondering what the thought is here. Should I have surgery?? I have never had surgery for anything and not sure if this is needed. I am 34 yrs old btw and pretty active.

Let me know as I have it scheduled for wednesday but not sure if I should do it. As it is not affecting me and only visual now.

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replied August 31st, 2009
The risk with hernias is that a loop of intestine, or other intra-abdominal organ, can become stuck, or incarcerated, inside the hernia. This, in turn, can lead to bowel obstruction or even bowel strangulation.

If your hernia is very small, not enlarging, and is totally asymptomatic, then you might get away with watching it carefully. However, by not having it repaired, you do accept a small risk of incarcertion.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS


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