June That is so strange that you should mention about going to the Dr. for 20 yrs. and having liver function test. My husband saw the same Dr. for over 20 yrs. He started taking lipitor 15yrs ago so they did liver function tests every 6 months to begin with then yearly. They were always normal. He kept complaining to his Dr. about his hernia's. That same Dr. kept telling him to just live with the hernia's because the surgery was major. Finally after complaining for over a year his Dr. sent him to a surgeon. The surgeon took one look at him and knew what was wrong. That was a year ago. His last MELD was a 16. I think it might be higher now. They don't check again until the middle of the month. I bet there are a lot of us on this forum with a similar story.
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June This is so strange. I had Hep A as a child. Isn't that odd. I was thinking about that the last time I took my husband to his Dr. appt and I asked the DR about it. He said Hep A shouldn't cause any problems when you get older. But you know, I'm not sure I believe that. I don't think they really know. I wish Dr. would say that instead of guessing. I wish there was more public awareness of this horrible disease. I talked to a Dr at Vanderbilt about it and she said there is NOT much. I wish we all knew how to change that. Hope your doing well.
JoAnn, as I have posted previously, I developed an incisional hernia in the midriff section a couple of months after my liver cancer surgery. That was repaired in Dec., but 2 months later I had it again...and much bigger this time. It looks like I swallowed a basketball. Am awaiting the 2nd repair. What I am now doing, and suggest for your husband (since it's an umbilical hernia) is to obtain an abdominal binder. It wraps around the stomach and has velcro to close it wherever it feels most comfy. I didn't wear this after the first hernia repair (I had asked them for one...they didn't just give me one or even suggest it), as it felt uncomfortable. However, I assure you I will wear it this time. I am wearing it now when my tummy starts to really bulge (such as after eating.) I also got a waist cincher with stays and hook and eye closures, which is so tight I cannot tolerate it more than a couple of hours, but I wear it when I'm going out so that my clothes fit right and I don't look pregnant.
Since my hernia is higher than the bellybutton, they don't feel it's in danger of being strangulated, as can happen with an umbilical hernia or inguinal hernia. Since your husband's is umbilical, you must check for hardness, inability to reduce it (put it back in place), fever, or severe pain. These are indications of a life-threatening problem! However, if you can get a belly binder for him, it should ease some of the discomfort of the bulging and prevent it from getting worse.