When to fix a hernia?

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   Posted 3/4/2010 4:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a 3 - 4 inch incisional hernia from my resection surgery in 2006. My GI said I should get it fixed when it began to"bug me". It does bug me and is painful sometimes,but not bad enough for me to want another surgery. My question is... do all hernias need to be repaired at some poin? My husband may be laid off in December so I need to decide what to do.  If I go to a surgeon of course he will say it's necessary. Any thoughts????
Dx'd with Crohns 1984
Polycystic kidney disease in 1996
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, Endocort, Prednisone, Imuran, Folic acid, and Enalapril.

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   Posted 3/4/2010 4:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the same.....and I have been told the same as well..don't need surgery until it starts to 'bug' me or gets uncomfortable.
Well some days it sticks out so much it is uncomfortable and I cant wear button up trousers or jeans , or end up undoing my trousers! I'm also not sure if this causes problems with the crohns sometimes too, as if I am having a bad day on the toilet, it seems to stick out more as well.But when I have been to the doctors and they have felt my stomach when I've been flaring nothing has been said about the hernia!
So when do you get it fixed!!!??? Good question!
Michelle 40 years old
Diagnosed with CD 2004 (undiagnosed correctly +- 3 years, wrongly diagnosed with IBS)
Bowel resection 2005
medication: pentasa 500mg , Co-codomol 500mg/32mg codeine
loperamide 2mg (prn - take as many as 10-20 a day)
calcium tablets, multivitamin tablets, Omega 3
Ferrous sulphate(anaemia)
levothyroxine (thyroid)
questran light (3 sachets/day), 3 monthly B12 Injections

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   Posted 3/4/2010 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I personally haven't had a hernia but my close friend has, she was given a support belt to wear which holds it in and makes it less uncomfortable. Her hernia is the size of a grapefruit, hope this helps abit . Bev x
Diagnosed with crohns at 13 now 43
Reversal of temp ileostomy finally have a date 7th April 2010
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