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Swelling after umbilical hernia surgery

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Soon: Usually local swelling around the surgical site resolves over 1 to 3 weeks depending on the size of the surgical repair needed.
Dr. Andrew Glantz
General Surgery 38 years experience
Swelling post-op: Swelling occurs after any type surgery, including hernia surgery. This swelling gets maximal over the first day or so. It normally takes a few weeks f... Read More
Dr. David Henry
General Surgery 12 years experience
~1-2 weeks: It depends on how the surgery was done. Swelling is greater and lasts longer if surgery was done open (single larger incision), if the hernia was lar... Read More

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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Several weeks: The fatty tissue will shrink. The bruising will resorb some residual scar is common follow instructions avoid sit-ups and abdominal strai... Read More
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 25 years experience
2-4 WEEKS: I assume there are no signs of infection (redness, fevers, increased pain). It can last longer if there was a hematoma (collection of blood). If the... Read More
Dr. David Henry
General Surgery 12 years experience
~4 days: It depends on how big the hernia was, how much dissection the surgeon had to do, and if it was done open (single larger incision) or laparoscopically ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Yes: Anytime you have a surgery there is an inflammatory reaction and some swelling as the body heals itself. However, if the swelling seems excessive to y... Read More
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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Need Hernia Check: It sounds like your doctor is describing diastasis rectii, a common condition where the normally-fused rectus ("6-pack") muscles separate; this may lo... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Wu
Vascular Surgery 18 years experience
Anything: There shouldn't be any dietary restrictions following umbilical hernia surgery.
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
It is not : Common but it happens it is a collection of serous fluid that the body will eventually absorb in moSt cases. Occasionally the need to be drained
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Small amount: May be seen under tagaderm dressing , due to skin oozing , call your surgeon and go for follow up visit.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
No: The defect in the abdominal wall necessitating hernia repair in the para umbilical area is small. With heavy and at least 2 layer suture repair esp... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Goals: Anything used in early recovery time should be run by the surgeon in order to allow for recovery. The main question would remain why.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Douglas Yajko
General Surgery 52 years experience
5-10 days: No significant lifting for 3-4 weeks.

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