could it be a hernia ?

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 6/10/2009 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I had surgery on March 20, ( third time ) resection . Started having pains about a month ago , just above the insision , so my doc did a small bowel  and everything is great. Except the pain is still there. He mentioned I should go see the surgeon to see if it could be a hernia. I am going to see my primary next thursday anyway so I thought I would check with her. Any body ever heard of getting a hernia after surgery ? cmn
 diagnosed in 1994, resections in 1994,2004,2009. Got the best G.I. ever.

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 6/10/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Yup, I got one shortly after my ab surgery. I have another one right now. It happens occasionally.

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 6/10/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
After my resection I  now have a hernia above my belly button. It is uncomfortable especially after I eat a big meal or sit for an extended amount of time. My primary doc said not to worry about it unless it gets red and warm or too painful to handle. I just push on it when it sticks out and you can feel and hear it go back into place.  Sorry if that was too much information. If I pushed I could have it fixed but who wants to have another surgery....
Dx'd with Crohns 1984 and polycystic kidney diease in 1996
I was in remission for 16 years, Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, folic acid, and Enalapril, Have been flaring on and off since August.
I love my life and everyday I pray that my body cooporates and allows me to do what I have planned.

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 6/10/2009 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had two re-sections of small intestine. I developed a hernia above my belly button after second surgery. Ya, my GI doctor didn't want much to do with it. My regular MD said we'd watch it.
Well, it started getting pretty big ...kinda all of a sudden. It got as big as a softball. I saw a general surgeon and she explained to me that the intestine that is making it's way through the stomach wall can loose blood supply and die...and with us Crohnies..we need all the "good" intestine we can get. Don't let it get to big before you do something. Trust me I know surgery sucks...but what's a person to do. Easy recovery though.
Also, since I'm allergic to many things ...the surgeon suggested I get a piece of pig skin. vs. the regular "plastic" grids they put in. Sometimes your body can reject the plastic ones. I was so glad she mentioned it because I didn't know anything about the difference. I asked her why would they put "plastic" in anybody? She said, money! The pig skin is expensive and the hospital has to show cause for getting it.
So..just a little heads up! Good Luck
 41 yr old woman with 12 surgerys under my belt. Diagnosed in 2005 CD. PTSD 1999. Gullbladder taken 2000, Hysterectomy 2005, Back surgery 1998 with herniation L-4, L-5, S-1. Two-Re-sections on small intestine, total of 18 inches taken out 2006. Stomach Herniation from re-section 2007, Been getting kidney stones too! The good news...finding this website.
                Meds: Imuran 200mg daily, asacol, Bentyl, Coelestid, occasional flagyl and cipro, high blood pressure meds, paxil 25 mg, 4/20meq's potassium, synthroid...& try to get alot of laughter in.

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