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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Hernia Surgery (Definition)

There are a variety or several types of hernias, and many are repaired differently. A hernia is a weakness in the abdominal wall (such as inguinal, umbilical, incisional) or diaphragm (hiatal hernia). Surgery to repair the hernia can involve use of sutures, and possible use of mesh. Open or laparoscopic surgery can be a means to repair hernias, with laparoscopic ...Read more


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Its been 18 days after my hernia surgery with mesh in left side abdomen, i feel very numbness under my incision but without any redness or swelling is it ok?

Its been 18 days after my hernia surgery with mesh in left side abdomen, i feel very numbness under my incision but without any redness or swelling is it ok?

Normal: Numbness around the incision site is normal. Superficial sensory nerves were cut during the procedure and they grow back very slowly. Eventually the numbness will go away or decrease to a very small area. ...Read more

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I had a umbilical hernia surgery 3 1/2 weeks ago. And my stomach is bigger than before my surgery. Is it normal to have swelling?

I had a umbilical hernia surgery 3 1/2  weeks ago. And my stomach is bigger than before my surgery. Is it normal to have swelling?

Yes: Anytime you have a surgery there is an inflammatory reaction and some swelling as the body heals itself. However, if the swelling seems excessive to you or if you have fever or pain, then see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Why are my testicles swelling after my hernia surgery?

Why are my testicles swelling after my hernia surgery?

Post Hernia repair: When you have hernia repair there is trauma to the tissues and surrounding tissue. This trauma leads to swelling and even possibly some edema and pain. Post operative swelling and pain should subside quickly. This sounds normal so far. ...Read more

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My testicles have become slightly smaller after my hernia surgery, what could be the reason, never had swelling after surgery, no pain either no mesh?

My testicles have become slightly smaller after my hernia surgery, what could be the reason, never had swelling after surgery, no pain either no mesh?

Likely had hydrocele: Small hydroceles surrounding testes could have made you feel testes were larger than they were before. Ur now feeling true size of testes. Unlikely 2B testicular atrophy as they have only become slightly smaller ; presumably are both similar is size. So u can stop worrying. ...Read more

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How long does it take for scrotum penis swelling to subside after hernia surgery?

Varies: But generally swelling & mild bruising can take a few days to a week or more to redolve. Can depend on medications you may be taking, size of hernia, type of surgical repair, etc. Contact your surgeon to answer your questions or concerns. ...Read more

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What would make my left foot and ankle swell after hernia surgery? Had it done on 12-18-15 and I noticed that my foot started swelling on 12-21-15

What would make my left foot and ankle swell after hernia surgery?  Had it done on 12-18-15  and I noticed that my foot started swelling on 12-21-15

Not due to surgery: Swelling of foot and ankle is not a complication of Hernia Surgery.I suggest you have your Doctor check it.
It may be due to edema caused by the Iv Fluids if given during the surgery.If it is painful then it may be some kind of trauma.But the surgery will not cause the swelling ...Read more

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I had open inguinal hernia surgery a few days ago, i noticed a lot of swelling at and around the incision, is this normal, what causes this, how long should it last and what could I do to reduce it.

Probably normal: If the repair was done with an open technique, there is usually swelling and a firmness felt under the length of the incision. Ice and antiinflammatory medication can help. If it is really large, call your surgeon to check it out - could be bleeding under the skin we call a hematoma. Hope you recover quickly! ...Read more

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Male 73 laparoscopic hernia surgery with mesh used is leg swelling common after surgery?

No, not common: You should consult with your surgeon. You might have developed deep venous thrombophlebitis. It could be a serious condition. ...Read more

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I have a high C-reactive protein level (25) after a laprascopic hernia surgery I still have swelling could this be the cause for the high level?

Likely: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, Tissue damage and inflammation from any cause can raise CRP. You may wish to repeat it after you have healed properly , preferably after about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Why would the testicle be hard and swollen a month after inguinal hernia surgery? Swelling has remained the same about 2 weeks. Little change!

Why would the testicle be hard and swollen a month after inguinal hernia surgery? Swelling has remained the same about 2 weeks. Little change!

Swelling: Swelling around the spermatic cord may cause a Hydrocele or other inflammatory fluid to build up in the scrotum. See your doctor and get a scrotal ultrasound ...Read more

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My husband had inguinal hernia surgery 3 days ago. Scrotal swelling is huge & has increased each day. Is daily increase normal? Used Ice & elevated.

My husband had inguinal hernia surgery 3 days ago. Scrotal swelling is huge & has increased each day. Is daily increase normal? Used Ice & elevated.

Here are some...: Go to be checked by the surgeon is the most reasonable thing to do although most of times nothing could be or need to be done since such occurrence after inguinal hernia repair is usually self-limiting, but taking much longer time to resolve. Clinically, it may result from bleeding at the surgical site. Again, go to be checked. Best wish to health... ...Read more

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Inguinal hernia surgery 5.5 weeks ago, some swelling at incision very small amount of blood today, should I be alarmed? No pain, no fever

Inguinal hernia surgery 5.5 weeks ago, some swelling at incision very small amount of blood today, should I be alarmed? No pain, no fever

Probably normal: If you are not having fever, pus drainage, spreading redness, or increased pain then these symptoms are probably normal postop occurrences. See your surgeon to make sure. ...Read more

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Left inguinal hernia surgery 3 weeks ago. Testicle still really swollen and cord swollen. Lipoma removed from cord. Is swelling of testicle normal???

Left inguinal hernia surgery 3 weeks ago. Testicle still really swollen and cord swollen. Lipoma removed from cord. Is swelling of testicle normal???

Not uncommon: After an inguinal hernia repair, swelling is very common. Without an exam, it is hard to say if your swelling is totally normal. Please seek advice from your surgeon to know if your swelling is normal or not. ...Read more

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Ihad umbilical hernia surgery last year. A few months ago swelling has appeared above navel. Doc said it was lack of muscle tone. Still concefned?

Ihad umbilical hernia surgery last year.  A few months ago swelling has appeared above  navel.  Doc said it was lack of  muscle tone.  Still concefned?

Need Hernia Check: It sounds like your doctor is describing diastasis rectii, a common condition where the normally-fused rectus ("6-pack") muscles separate; this may look like a hernia but is cosmetic only. Alternatively, you may have developed a recurrent hernia. I suggest you return to see your hernia surgeon or seek out a second opinion--this is easily resolved by a careful hernia exam. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you have a hiatial hernia without abdominal swelling?

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Can you have a hiatial hernia without abdominal swelling?

Yes: Sliding hiatal hernias are the most common of the hernias that occur around the lower esophagus and are commonly associated with reflux. Clinically significant reflux can occur with or without a hiatal hernia and is usually the cause of the symptoms mistakingly attributed to the hernia. Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease(GERD) can also co-exist with other digestive diseases . GERD medications work. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is distended abdomen a side effect of hiatal hernia surgery?

Hoping you can tell me, is distended abdomen a side effect of hiatal hernia surgery?

Maybe: A distended abdomen is common during the early recovery period after hiatal hernia repair. Long term, it should not be a problem, but if it is, see your surgeon. You could try some simethicone which is in over the counter anti-gas formulas. ...Read more

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A 28 year old female caucasion. I have to have abdominal hernia surgery. How can I get over this fear?

A 28 year old female caucasion. I have to have abdominal hernia surgery. How can I get over this fear?

Common: Hernia surgery is a very common & safe surgical procedure. It is also common and normal to have a degree of fear or concern for surgery. Think about what is worrying you and discuss these concerns with your surgeon. Your doctor can help answer your questions & alleviate your concerns. ...Read more

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What to do with 840 mililiters blood in abdomen after hernia surgery had hernia repair surgery on testicle was in bad pain 2 weeks later dr said blood floating around in abdomen

What to do with 840 mililiters blood  in abdomen after hernia surgery had hernia repair surgery on testicle  was in bad pain 2 weeks later  dr said blood floating around in abdomen

Many : Many times the blood you are talking about is bodily fluids tinged with blood. Sometimes you don't even have to drain that fluid. I'm assuming they did because you have an exact measure of 840 milliliters... Either way many times a collection of bodily fluids or even frank blood as long as the bleeding stopped is left alone for your body to deal with. ...Read more

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I was told today by my surgeon that I have a weakend spot in my abdomen wall where he was unable to bridge the mesh during my hernia surgery in july. Will a hernia form at the weakend spot ?

Sounds like: The surgeon was worried enough about that possibility to inform you that mesh could not correct the entire defect at the time of your repair. ...Read more

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How to treat a baseball size hematoma in abdomen following hernia surgery done 2 weeks agow?

Call your surgeon: I this occurs during the first few days after surgery, it is sometimes best to re-operate and drain/wash out the would and re- close. Two weeks is a bit long gift that, and the blood is spread into the tissues and not easily removed. May be best to wait until it reabsorbs, and that takes up to several weeks. See you surgeon to find out what's best in your case. ...Read more

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I had inguinal open mesh-hernia surgery a year ago. i've gained 10 kgs. Would it recur if i do abdominal exercise to reduce my belly. Pls advise.

I had inguinal open mesh-hernia surgery a year ago. i've gained 10 kgs. Would it recur if i do abdominal exercise to reduce my belly. Pls advise.

No: While hernias may recur, your activity won't be the cause. Best of luck with weight loss. Remember to eat fewer calories while exercising for more effective weight loss. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I had abdominal hernia surgery two weeks ago and still have pain. The area around the incision is tender and occasionally pain walking. What can I do?

I had abdominal hernia surgery two weeks ago and still have pain. The area around the incision is tender and occasionally pain walking. What can I do?

Give time...: Every hernia surgery is different. Give more time and be patient. Remember that there were bigger work done inside the skin that you can't see. Stick to your follow up dates to check wound etc. ...Read more

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Can a weak spot in my abdomen be causing a seroma to return almost seven months after lap. Ventral hernia surgery? If not than what could be causing the seroma to return?

Can a weak spot in my abdomen be causing a seroma to return almost seven months after lap. Ventral hernia surgery? If not than what could be causing the seroma to return?

R/o FB!!: Well, after surgery any surgery a foreign body like a stitch or a mesh that was probably used at surgery could cause a reaction in the tissues and seroma would be the result. Please go see the surgeon who performed the procedure... ...Read more

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My husband is about to have abdominal hernia surgery. What is the worst possible outcome we are looking at?

My husband is about to have abdominal hernia surgery. What is the worst possible outcome we are looking at?

A loaded question.: Every operation has risks, dependent on the procedure performed and the health of the patient. Thankfully, the risk of dying after elective hernia surgery is very, very low but not zero. More common risks include hernia recurrence, bleeding, infection, intestinal injury, to name but a few. Every case needs to be approached as "risks v. Benefits"--this should be discussed w/his surgeon pre-op. ...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


Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Swollen Abdomen (Definition)

An enlarging abdomen over what is normal for you, can develop over a period of hours to weeks. This excludes obesity, common causes are gas in the intestine, fluid in the abdomen, pregnancy, and rarely cancer. A CAT scan or ultrasound will show what is going on. Would be helpful to know if there are other symptoms, such as pain, ...Read more