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Hello, I'm a 37 year old female was wondering if anybody can help me out with a little bit of information. I had gone to the E.R. with severe abdomin pain , they drew blood and did an mri of the stomach which shown i have 2 hernias (1 at the mouth of the stomach and the other on the right side of the belly button) went to a surgeon and this thursday he wants to operate and repair the hernias with mesh. Scared yes indeed i don't know what to expect but before i go through with it i want to know if i will have complications if i get pregnant? Thank You
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replied April 10th, 2011
Your surgeon should carefully explain the potential risks and benefits of surgery (as well as those that might arise without surgery). However, all surgical operations are associated with at least a small risk of infection, bleeding, unintentional injury to the abdominal organs, hernia recurrence, and various risks of anesthesia.

In terms of future pregnancies, for most women, the abdominal wall stretches out very gradually, allowing the hernia repair site(s) to gradually adjust to the changes in a pregnant woman's body. That being said, pregnancy will put some stress on previous hernia repairs, and may increase the risk of developing a recurrent hernia.


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