Posted by: Real name is Samuel | 2009/03/21

A Hernia on belly button

I am a male, 45 and have a hernia as big as a golf ball right above my belly button. I weigh 108 kilo' s and is aprox 1. 68 m short. I am told that if I do have an opperation then it wont last as a direct result of my weight. I use to do body building and this is the cause of the hernia. A surgion told me that I need to loose at least 25 kilo' s before the opperation and that I need to not work for at least six weeks. Is this true seeing that I do not have medical aid and I have to pay aprox R 18 000 - 00 for the op, so I can not afford to waste the money.

Many thanks and God Bless !

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Unfortunately, you will have to loose weight before surgically repairing the hernia. The time you will not be able to work, will depend on the type of work you do.


Dr Anrich Burger

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