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Epigastric Hernias

Epigastric Hernias are a type of hernia that develop in the upper mid-abdomen, between the sternum and the umbilicus. They are known to become painful when fat and tissue are trapped inside the opening of the hernia.

While Epigastric Hernias occur mostly in adults, they are also known to occur in infants and in newborns at birth.

Epigastric Hernias in adults do not heal by themselves and therefor require correctional surgury. Infants, however, may grow out of an Epigastric Hernia as they continue to develop and grow stronger abdominals. If surgury is required it is normally delayed until the infant is becomes older and more tolerable.

Like all types of Hernias, Epigastric Hernias can become stangulated and starved of blood supply, which esculates the severity of the condition and where it becomes a medical emergency.

Epigastric Hernia risk factors:

  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy

What to avoid during Epigastric Hernia recovery:

  • Moving quickly
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Crying
  • Vomiting

Epigastric Hernia Operation Video:

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