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Doctor insights on: Are There Particular Foods I Should Eat After My Hernia Surgery

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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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What to eat after umbilical hernia surgery?

What to eat after umbilical hernia surgery?

Anything: There shouldn't be any dietary restrictions following umbilical hernia surgery. ...Read more

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Hernia surgery with damage to the bowels now everything i eat comes out my navel and am concerned?

Hernia surgery with damage to the bowels now everything i eat comes out my navel and am concerned?

Fistula: Sounds like you may still have a hole in the intestine that is connected to the skin, also called an enterocutaneous fistula. They usually heal on their own, but sometimes require operation. See your surgeon for a follow up to find out. ...Read more

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Generally, how long should I wait after my hernia surgery before exercising?

Generally, how long should I wait after my hernia surgery before exercising?

Days to weeks: The recovery time varies with the size and location of the hernia and the method of repair. The most common hernia operation i perform is via the laparoscopic approach. I encourage my patients to return to their baseline aerobic activities as soon as possible, typically within 7-10 days. In general, i advise against heavy lifting for 3 weeks. ...Read more

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After my hernia surgery, how long should I stay out of work?

Returning to work: After hernia surgery, it is normally safe to return to work after just a week or so. This assumes that your job does not involve any heavy lifting and that there is a "light duty" position available. If no such position is available, then being out of work for 5-6 weeks is advised. ...Read more

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Two weeks after my hernia surgery how do I knowmy wound is hhealing?

Two weeks after my hernia surgery how do I knowmy wound is hhealing?

Post Operation: First, the surgeon would have sent you home with instructions on how to care for yourself and the wound. Second, if you have no open sores or intolerable pain then you are most likely healing. And three, most surgeons have you follow up for a check in visit shortly after surgery to confirm you are healing well. ...Read more

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After my hernia surgery i'm having sharp pains. Should I be worried?

After my hernia surgery i'm having sharp pains. Should I be worried?

Probably not: Sharp pains that go away as quick as they came usually are not problems that are serious. If the pain is persistent, or worsening then you should see you surgeon as soon as possible. Pain after hernia surgery is very common, but should be gradually improving each week. ...Read more

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I do strength training exercise five days a week and yoga and Pilates the other two days, can I return 6 weeks after my hernia surgery?

I do strength training exercise five days a week and yoga and Pilates the other two days, can I return 6 weeks after my hernia surgery?

Exercise: You may be able to return but it depends on the extent and location of hernia. Also expect to return in a progressive fashion. Should definitely coordinate this with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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


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