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I had an incisional abdominal hernia repair with mesh in March 2014 and my bellybutton has been infected since and been in pain too and another hernia?

I had an incisional abdominal hernia repair with mesh in March 2014 and my bellybutton has been infected since and been in pain too and another hernia?

2 answers: 1. Most likely not a 2 year infection unless the mesh is infected and it drains moderate pus daily. Most likely a reaction to a hernia repair permanent suture knot. Only the eyes of a experienced surgeon can tell you. 2. You either have a new bulge, or you don't, to answer your question on whether you have a repeat hernia. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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I have had incisional abdominal hernia repair on 1st September, can I exceed use my abdominal muscles in the future ?

I have had incisional abdominal hernia repair on 1st September, can I exceed use my abdominal muscles in the future ?

Risk of recurrence: After repair of abdominal hernias , can do all normal activities and moderate exercises but not heavy ones to built ' six pack ' abdominal wall as there is always a risk of recurrence , speak to your surgeon will tell you what 'not to do' ...Read more

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I was wondering are the rectis muscles tightened during incisional hernia repair?

I was wondering are the rectis muscles tightened during incisional hernia repair?

No: Usually incisional hernias are repaired laparoscopically by placing mesh to cover the defect from within the abdomen. In an open case, the mesh can be implanted above, below, or in between the abdominal wall. ...Read more

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How can I know where the infection is coming from? 4 weeks post large incisional hernia repair with infected fluid drainage. Mesh or tissue?

Possibly both: It is exceedingly hard to determine if a post-operative infection spares any prosthetic material that was implanted, including mesh; if the infection approaches the material, we assume it is infected. Due to the risk of treatment failure if infected foreign material is left in place, it is generally recommended by id to remove any prosthetic material in these situations. ...Read more

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I had a very large incisional hernia repair 12 weeks ago that failed. I am 5'2" and 230 lbs. How much weight loss is recommended before I try again?

I had a very large incisional hernia repair 12 weeks ago that failed. I am 5'2" and 230 lbs. How much weight loss is recommended before I try again?

As much as possible : The best results are when you are as lean as possible. If you are going for it again make sure that you find a surgeon that performs complicated redo hernias. ...Read more

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2months post op incisional hernia repair with mesh . Still looks like a hernia to me why?

2months post op incisional hernia repair with mesh . Still looks like a hernia to me why?

Could be fluid: Post-operative seromas, a collection of fluid at the site of an incision, may cause some protrusion under the skin, looking like a hernia. It is possible that there is a recurrent hernia also, the only way to know, is to have your surgeon examine you and if necessary to get additional imaging studies. Make an appointment ...Read more

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I have 19 incisions from incisional hernia repair recently, when will i be able to lay on my sides again?

I have 19 incisions from incisional hernia repair recently, when will i be able to lay on my sides again?

As tolerated: Sounds like you had a laparoscopic incisional hernia repair. This is quite painful, often more so than the operation that caused the hernia. Try aspercreme or myoflex cream. Just rub it on your belly where it hurts. It will get better with time, usually 3-6 weeks. Hang in there! ...Read more

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Is intermittent, intense pain that radiates down to my labia normal 6 months post incisional hernia repair in the groin area?

Is intermittent, intense pain that radiates down to my labia normal 6 months post incisional hernia repair in the groin area?

Local anesthetic: Unfortunately nerves can be damaged in surgery, especially when it's the second operation (you said "incisional hernia"). Your surgeon shoudl be able to inject local anesthetic into the area near the incision to see if this is really a nerve, or just scar tissue. See the doctor who operated on you. ...Read more

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How long should you wait to return to normal duties after incisional hernia repair?

Incisional hernia: This is a tough question to answer as not all hernias are equivalent. Smaller hernias may allow patients to return to desk jobs in a few days. Larger hernias may take 6-12 weeks prior returning to work. Manual laborers will also require more time prior to returning to work. This is a question that needs to be discussed with your operating surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia Repair (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which the lining of the abdominal cavity protrudes, creating a sac. Hernias are common in the groin, belly button, upper-midline, or associated w/scars. The exact method of repair varies w/the type & size of the hernia as well as patient-factors, however, the basic principle is the same: close the hole, often ...Read more