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Marietta, GA
A 46-year-old female asked:

How long does swelling last after umbilical hernia repair? i am 46 years old, at a healthy weight, and exercised for 60+ minutes before the surgery.

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Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 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 strains for a couple of months to minimize recurrence.
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 26 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 swelling is growing see your surgeon as this may be a sign of recurrence. If however the swelling is slowly decreasing it can most likely be watched.
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Dr. David Henry
General Surgery 13 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 (tiny incisions and a video camera). Usually, most of the swelling should be fading by about 4 days after surgery.
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Last updated Jan 30, 2021

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