Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Treating an Abdominal Hernia

Tuesday, 01 November 2011 07:41 AM

Question: I have a bulge on the right side of my stomach just to the right of my belly button. I told my doctor, but he doesn't seem to be bothered as much as I am. My hands are swollen, and that doesn't concern him either. Also, I have gained from 133 to 151 pounds in two years, which is highly unusual for me.
I think it may be time to switch doctors. I only started going to him last June, mainly for a pap smear and a blood test to check on my lupus.
Dr. Hibberd's Answer:
I agree with you. If your doctor didn't understand how important the hernia of your abdominal wall was to you, it is time to find someone who understands how much a nuisance they can be. The correction is surgical, so obtain a referral to a surgeon for evaluation not only for repair, but also to be sure nothing else is there such as a lipoma (fat tumor) that also is easy to remove.
The swelling of your hands with a history of lupus suggests to me that a rheumatology consultation may also be in order. First, though, you may want to select a new primary physician since that may save you a visit to a rheumatologist.

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