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After Umbilical Hernia Repair
Depends: It really depends on the size, use of mesh, surgical technique, surgeon preference and patient factors (diabetes, smoking, obesity, steroids, etc). Most people heal completely in 6 weeks. Some surgeons give no restrictions, others recommend waiting 2-3 weeks, and other surgeons want 6-8 weeks. The best thing to do is follow what your surgeon recommended. ...Read more
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
Maybe: Some intermittent, mild discomfort is common, but more severe pain is not. Call your surgeon for a follow up exam. ...Read more
Pain/sleep meds: The amount of pain after umbilical hernia repair depends on if it was done open (single incision) or laparoscopically (multiple tiny incisions). You may need narcotic pain meds (norco, vicodin, percocet, tylenol (acetaminophen) #3) or tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen) for a week or so after surgery. You can also take over-the-counter sleep aid medications from the drug store, or get a prescription for ambien, etc. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the type of repair and the specific location of the infection within the abdominal wall. If mesh or permanent sutures were used, AND are involved in the infection, they may need to be removed. If the infection is only in the skin (no pus, red skin only), then antibiotics may suffice. Best to get an evaluation from your surgeon. You can also ask for a second opinion if warranted. ...Read more
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.
2 weeks after umbilical hernia repair, can't eat as much. Get full much faster than before. Used to eat 1 cup oatmeal (dry meas.) before bed. Some days, more. Now, it makes me too full. Is this ok?
Go back to doctor: See the surgeon who performed the procedure and have them examine you for potential complications. Good luck. ...Read more
Umbilical hernia sex: Ask your surgeon. Most will say keep it cool for a couple of weeks but please double check with the doctor. Some doctors are very funny about postoperative instructions. There is an on call person at all times that should be able to help. Good luck and good health! ...Read more
YES: YES- the surgical mesh will hold everything in place. ...Read more
Generally, one: Would avoid any exercise for 6 weeks that would stress the repair site while just doing mild cardiovascular conditioning such as walking. Once this initial phase has been passed, you should have a specific discussion with your surgeon as to what expectations in terms of an exercise regimen that may be anticipated including any restrictions that may be specific to your surgical repair. ...Read more
Can drinking 9 beers cause permanent damage two weeks after open umbilical hernia repair due to bloating?
Not likely: You're not likely cause any damage from "bloating". Generally it's just not a good idea to drink nine beers in one setting ...Read more
Two weeks after my umbilical hernia repair my stomach seems a bit high can I wear a belly band since I can't do any exercise right now.
Severe bruising after an umbilical hernia repair 2 wks ago. The top flap of skin above bellybutton is still very swollen. When will it go down?
It depends: Swelling is common after surgery. The amount of swelling is based on the extensiveness of the operation, your body size, the location of the incision, but also can be due to a collection of fluid or blood under the skin, or an infection, or a recurrent hernia. it can last from a few days to several weeks. ...Read more
Strong Pulling sensation one week after tension free mesh umbilical hernia repair? Is this normal?
It depends on how big the hernia is and how the surgeon fixes it (open or laparoscopically).
The total cost includes the surgeon's fee, the anesthesiologist, nurses, operating room and equipment, and medications. This is usually several thousand dollars.
Insurance should cover the surgery. If you don't have insurance, some surgeons' offices will work with you to reduce the cost. ...Read more
Umbilical hernia: If the hernia is 2cm or less, surgery is usually quick, 20-30 minutes and doesn't require mesh. If larger, it may require mesh placement. This can be done as an open or laparoscopic operation. I perform most of my hernia repairs laparoscopically but that's a matter of preference. Recovery is a few days. No strenuous activity for 6 weeks. Pretty simple procedure. ...Read more
Short: Most umbilical hernia repairs are done outpatient and require a very short recovery. If you do a lot of liftinig, bending and stooping and straining your time for recovery may be longer (~2-4 weeks). If you have a less strenuous vocation, then perhaps less than a week to up to 2 weeks. It will depend on your size, condition, health and complications and your doctor's opinion. ...Read more
This is a hole in the abdominal wall at the belly button, the location of the umbilical cord during fetal development. It usually closes by itself as it fills with scar tissue. Infants with a hernia here usually resolve by age 4-5. Adults may develop a hole here for unknown reasons, and will see a lump under the skin ("outie") where intra-abdominal contents have ...Read more
A surgical procedure where a defect (hole) in the abdominal wall at the belly button or umbilicus is closed. This can be accomplished with sutures, mesh, or both. The procedure can be done with general or local anesthesia, and the patient is usually discharged ...Read more
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