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A 47-year-old member asked:

When will the swelling go down after umbilical hernia repair surgery?

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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 for most of the swelling to disappear. It may take 6-8 weeks for the swelling to completely dissipate.
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 larger, and if the surgeon had to dissect more into the fatty tissues of the abdominal wall. For most umbilical hernia repairs, swelling should be much improved by 1-2 weeks after surgery.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

When would a person have to get an umbilical hernia repair surgery?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Size, Symptoms: The biggest risk of any hernia is the potential for bowel to get stuck (incarcerated) within the hernia, necessitating emergency surgery to prevent intestinal death. If an umbilical hernia has reached a size where this is a real risk, or if the pain from the hernia is interfering with one's daily activities, surgery should be strongly considered. Best bet: see a surgeon for their opinion.

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Last updated Mar 2, 2019

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