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I have noticed within the past year that when I do leg lift

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i have noticed within the past year that when I do leg lift excercises my naval will start to bulge out. when I stop the excercises it goes back to normal. I am a 55 year old male. I weigh 210 lbs about 5'9" and a little bit of belly fat. Is the protruding caused by fat being squeezed by the ab muscles? anything to worry about? No pain from the area.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  911Doctor replied 5 years ago.
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most likely something called a ventral hernia

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a defect in the abdominal wall

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strangely, the smaller these are the more dangerous

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so it would certainly be worth getting a surgeon to look at it

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the repair, if i am correct about what this is and there's not much else it could be, is pretty simple if this is done early when the hernia is small

Customer:

ok thanks


911Doctor :

you are most welcome

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just so you know

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there is an emergency condition

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that can occur with any kind of hernia

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and it is called an 'incarceration'

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basically

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this would occur if the bulge appears but does not go away

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then, over the course of an hour or two the area becomes quite painful

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THIS is a surgical emergency

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and while this is unlikely to happen to you, you should be aware of this possible problem.

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do you have any final questions for me?

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