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A 56-year-old male asked:

how difficult a hernia mesh removal surgery is?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Chand Rohatgi
General Surgery 37 years experience
Can be very involved: In any location it is difficult ; less so in groin position but ventral hernia infected mesh can become a big procedure especially if bowel is adherent to it.
Dr. Neel Karne
General Surgery 18 years experience
Difficult: Usually when mesh has to be removed, it is difficult to bring the tissues together unless another mesh is used such as a biologic. There is also an increased risk of recurrent hernia, infection, and nerve injury.

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How can surgery fix a hernia?

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When is it okay to not have surgery for a hernia?

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Does all hernias required surgery to fix?

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I have a minor hernia. What are the risks of not having surgery?

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Is a hernia operation anything to worry about and are there any necessary precautions?

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Risks vs. Benefits: Hernia surgery is very common and also very safe; however, no operation is risk-free. Therefore, the decision to have surgery requires balancing the benefits w/the risks--this is a conversation that you need to have w/a surgeon. In general, keeping one's weight down lowers the risk of hernia surgery. Of course, smoking increases the risk of any operation. Good luck.

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