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Pope Francis is now “better than before” after his release from a Rome hospital Friday following surgery on June 7 to repair a hernia and remove scarring.

The 86-year-old pope joked that he was “still alive," as he was met by reporters while leaving the Gemelli Polyclinic nine days after surgery to reduce pain and prevent a future intestinal blockage, the Associated Press r...

After three hours of surgery on Wednesday, Pope Francis was recovering at Gemelli hospital in Rome on Thursday.

Pope Francis had a hernia in his abdominal wall repaired, along with the removal of scar tissue in his intestine that had created a partial blockage and was causing him pain, the Associated Press reported.

Doctors placed a prosthetic mesh in his abdominal wall to...

Pope Francis will be hospitalized for several days after a planned surgery to repair a hernia that is causing him “recurrent, painful and worsening” symptoms.

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  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 7, 2023
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  • Moving a heavy object or even coughing can result in a medical condition known as a hernia.

    While it's common, many people don't know what a hernia is, according to an expert at Penn State Health, who offered details on causes, symptoms and treatment.

    “While we typically associate heavy lifting or strenuous activity with the development of a hernia, other congenital abdominal wall...

    Could you be at risk for a hernia?

    One expert gives the lowdown on hernias, who is most at risk for them, and how they are typically treated.

    Dr. Harvey Rainville, a general surgeon at Hackensack Meridian Mountains...

    If you've had hernia repair surgery and you think you've solved your medical issue for good, you might be wrong.

    A hernia occurs when an internal organ pushes through a weak region of muscle or tissue, often creating a noticeable bulge. Hernias typically do not improve without surgery. Left untreated, a hernia can cause severe complications, including cutting off blood flow to surrounding...

    A simple potty stool under your feet might help cure constipation, researchers say.

    "These toilet stools became popular through things like viral videos and social media, but there was really no medical evidence to show whether or not they are effective," said researcher Dr. Peter Stanich. He is an assistant professor of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at Ohio State Univers...