connection between hernia and cirrhosis?

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healthynow
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   Posted 11/10/2011 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone know if there is a connection between umbilical hernia and cirrhosis?

I think Connie mentioned it once and Mr. Ziffle. Hubby has one, first noticed a year ago when he received his cirrhosis dx. It's not too bad, but it bugs him when I touch it and it just doesn't look like he "use" to look.

Thanks for info/thoughts/sharing.

Emma

MamaLama
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   Posted 11/10/2011 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Connie told me her hernia wasn't a real hernia after all. It was a mesh failure from her liver lobe-ectomy that time she had the last HCC.

when they did her transplant they tucked everything back in where it belongs

I'm sure some of the others will chime in Emma. We have not had that experience. (one thing he didnt have)!
Mike received liver transplant May 1, 2011, Jackson Memorial, Miami, FL

Angie1953
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   Posted 11/10/2011 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
My hubby has a small unbilical hernia and he thought (before the crash Feb 22) that his stomach pain had to do with the hernia.  After getting the news that he was in esl failure, Doc explained that sometimes the ascites bloats the stomach so large that it will create a hernia, so it is not uncommon for persons with esld.  When hubby suggested fixing it, Dr. said that hubby had much larger problems to worry about and it was pretty risky surgery for someone with esld and compromised liver, so he is living with it.  Lots of things bother him worse now than the hernia.  Hope this is helpful.
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A.Ziffle
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   Posted 11/10/2011 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Emma , Yes there is a connection . The pressure from the fluid build up can cause the fluid to push the intestines out the belly button ( Naval Hernia ) . My hernia slowly went from a marble size to a golf ball size and became inflamed and very tender , It kinked my intestine and had to be rushed to E.R for repair after the pain became to much . Docs said if I would have waited any longer my intestines would have ruptured .

Bad thing is , It's very risky to perform surgery with a patient with liver damage and the transplant team should be notified prior to any surgery . My Hepatologist was out of town at that moment and split second decision had to be made , The surgeon did the repair but didn't use the mesh screen to reinforce the staples . Typically with hernia's they place a mesh screen over the repaired area to prevent staples from coming undone or reinforce them , Problem is the mesh is another source of potential infection problems ( Don't need infections with no immunity ) . My surgeon luckily was familiar with E.S.L.D and complications so didn't put the screen in .

I haven't had any problems since the surgery and that was a month prior to my T.I.P.S so it's been awhile . Just got to be careful about lifting things .

A. Ziffle

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   Posted 11/11/2011 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Emma,

My husband also had the hernia and we were told it was connected. He had the surgery a few years back and everything came out fine....He was on transplant list at the time and the team was aware of the procedure and kept a close eye on him and he never had any problems at all with the surgery or recovery.


DDMom (Dennis and Kathy)

healthynow
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   Posted 11/11/2011 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
A year ago, hubby's GP says she won't recommend anything unless it gets huge, causes pain, or the intestine twists. He has appt with GI doc next week for his 6 month follow up...just gathering information for the questions list.

Emma

A.Ziffle
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   Posted 11/11/2011 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Emma , I got the same response for the same reasons . They thought with my MELD at that time I would be getting a transplant before the Hernia gave any serious medical problems . My hernia was filled with fluid and you could push my belly button back in and it would slowly pop back out as the fluid returned back into it . It's when the hernia gets rock hard and very inflamed that it needs serious attention A.S.A.P .
 
Like the G.I explained to you , They really dont like to open you up and introduce possible infections and particularly when you may be close to transplantation . Glad to see you are ahead of the game with all the possibilities , Take care .
 
A. Ziffle 

Post Edited (A.Ziffle) : 11/11/2011 7:16:44 PM (GMT-7)

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