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A 29-year-old female asked:

Is it common to get hernia after cholecystectomy?how to find out if u got it?how to avoid getting one? how much weight one can lift after the surgery?

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Dr. Peter Denk
General Surgery 20 years experience
Not common: Hernias after laparoscopic surgery (assuming you didn't have it done "open") are not very common but can still happen. A hernia is a bulge at the incision. Your surgeon can examen you and determine if you have an incisional hernia. Surgeons have different recommendations for lifting restrictions after surgery so follow your surgeon's recommendations. I tell patients <25 pounds for 4 weeks.
Dr. Buck Parker
General Surgery 17 years experience
Not common...: But it does happen. Did you have a laparoscopic cholecystectomy or open? With laparoscopic i tell my patient to go easy for a 2-4 weeks depending on the person. Nothing over 15lbs for at least 2 weeks, more depending.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Hernia where?: It is uncommon to get a trochar site hernia after laparoscopic gallbladder surgery . It can depend on how your surgery was done, as some reports of single site umbilical port only surgery can have a slightly higher rate of umbilical hernia formation. Usually patients are directed not to lift over about 20 pounds after surgery, but need to see your surgeon for your specific situation & examination.

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