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Are there things I can do to speed up my recovery after hernia surgery?

Are there things I can do to speed up my recovery after hernia surgery?

Slowly increase: Gradually increase your activity with your doctor's approval. Walking and gradual light exercises that do not strain the area that had surgery can be helpful. Mostly it takes time, about 4 to 6 weeks, for full recovery depending on the type of surgery performed. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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How long does it take to recover from inguinal hernia surgery? I’m having surgery to repair an inguinal hernia. What is the recovery like? How long before I can lift and carry things again?

How long does it take to recover from inguinal hernia surgery? I’m having surgery to repair an inguinal hernia. What is the recovery like? How long before I can lift and carry things again?

There: There are several different ways to repair an inguinal hernia. A traditional repair involves an incision over the area of the hernia and the placement of a plastic mesh material to plug or cover the defect. Alternatively, your surgeon may perform a laparoscopic hernia repair which involves making a few incisions near your navel and placing mesh in front of the hernia. Generally, the recovery from a laparoscopic hernia repair is shorter and involves less pain. One can usually return to regular activities within a few days to a week. Traditional hernia repairs usually require a longer recovery (3-5 weeks) but can be performed under local anesthetic meaning the patient does not have to have a full general anesthetic. This is beneficial for some patients who may not tolerate general anesthesia. You should speak with your surgeon about all your options as every patient has unique conditions which may influence how the surgeon may recommend proceeding. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery for hernia surgery?

How long is the recovery for hernia surgery?

Depends: Not all hernias are the same. The most common hernia operation is an inguinal hernia repair which typically has a 1-3 week recovery period for a laparoscopic repair and a 2-4 week recovery for an open repair. ...Read more

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Is hernia surgery an out patient surgery. What is the recovery time?

Hernia surgery: Hernia surgeries are commonly performed as outpatient procedures. They may be performed in an open or laparoscopic fashion. Some details could determine whether or not it is inpatient such as complicating medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, or sleep apnea. Also, size and location of the hernia and age of the patient. The recovery times varies, but if outpatient, would expect 3 wks. ...Read more

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What is the recovery from hernia surgery like?

What is the recovery from hernia surgery like?

Common: Inguinal hernia is very common and modern surgery quite effective and less invasive.
Some pain, bruising and limitation of exercize is reasonable expectation for 4-6 weeks in general
other hernias in other places have there own track. ...Read more

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What is the normal course of recovery after a hernia surgery?

What is the normal course of recovery after a hernia surgery?

Days to weeks...: Recovery from hernia surgery is dependent upon the type of hernia, type of repair, and health of the patient. A healthy adult recovering from a typical inguinal (groin) hernia would go home the same day of surgery, need 2-4 days of pain meds, and be back to a desk job within 1-2 weeks. Most people would expect to be fully recovered in 2-4 weeks. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about inscional hernia surgery? How long is recovery usually?

6 weeks: It varies somewhat based on the size and location of the hernia and the technique used to repair it, but in general there is an approximately 6 week recovery period before return to full activities following a hernia repair. I would discuss your specific case with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the recovery like for hiatal hernia surgery?

What is the recovery like for hiatal hernia surgery?

Week: If done laparoscopically or robotic as I do, you should be back to work in about a week. About 2-3 weeks to feel you can eat all foods. As I tell my patients, most maor surgery like this will put a toll in your lifestyle for about 4 weeks. ...Read more

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I had sex four days after an umbilical hernia surgery. Will that affect the recovery?

No: The defect in the abdominal wall necessitating hernia repair in the para umbilical area is small. With heavy and at least 2 layer suture repair especially if no mesh required, chance of disrupting suture line rare. If this had been initiated during sexual activity severe pain as one or more sutures broke would have been readily noted. More problems would have been noted in an inguinal repair. ...Read more

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I am in my 2nd month of hernia surgery recovery, is it safe to have sex yet or should I wait some more?

I am in my 2nd month of hernia surgery recovery, is it safe to have sex yet or should I wait some more?

Yes, okay to resume: It should be fine to engage in sexual activity, based on any discomfort you may have. Obviously, any extra strenuous activities, be it weight lifting, heavy pushing or pulling, or heavy squatting, should be limited until you get past 8-10 weeks. Normal activities, including sex, should be okay at this point. ...Read more

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Do I need to worry about 4 yr old's umbilical hernia surgery? What will recovery be like and how long? Is the surgery safe for his age?

Do I need to worry about 4 yr old's umbilical hernia surgery? What will recovery be like and how long? Is the surgery safe for his age?

Routine Surgery: Umbilical hernia repair on a 4 yr old usually has minimal complications. However you do need to talk to your pediatric surgeon and get his take. What was the cause of the hernia? Are there any other medical problems at work here? Surgery / General Anesthesia is never without risk. Your surgeon needs to explain to you how the benefits out weigh the risks for your 4 yr old. Talk to Anesthesia too ...Read more

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Umbilical Hernia surgery with local and sedation. How quickly does sedation wear off? Is recovery very painful? Similar to c section? Walk easily?

Umbilical Hernia surgery with local and sedation. How quickly does sedation wear off? Is recovery very painful? Similar to c section? Walk easily?

Umbilical hernia: Sedation usually wears off in a few hours depending on which local they used. The recovery is similar to C-section. Make sure to stay on top of the pain. Watch out for constipation. Start off with bland foods and work your way back to a normal diet. Drink plenty of fluids. Monitor for signs of infection (redness, pain, swelling, and fever). Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have a tortuous esophagus, twisted stomach, hiatus hernia. Surgery is required. What type of surgeon should I research and prognosis for recovery?

I have a tortuous esophagus, twisted stomach, hiatus hernia. Surgery is required. What type of surgeon should I research and prognosis for recovery?

Foregut Specialist: Sounds like you have a paraesophageal hernia, typically associated with difficulty swallowing, chest pain/pressure, anemia, and sometimes GERD. This is a difficult operation most surgeons don't do. Look for one with extensive experience. Usually a general surgeon, but some thoracic surgeons do this laparoscopically, which is the best way to go. Hope this helps ...Read more

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I had veutral hernia surgery 5 days ago. I am wondering if it's ok to do things like; empty a dishwasher & laundry?

Maybe: It depends on the technique used to repair the hernia. Call your surgeon for postoperative instructions, and to answer your question about activity level. ...Read more

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Is groin hernia surgery with Prefix Plug Mesh safe? Saw lots of good and bad things about it

Is groin hernia surgery with Prefix Plug Mesh safe? Saw lots of good and bad things about it

Short answer yes: There has been a lot of research comparing the different ways to fix hernias. There is really very little difference. The most important factor is what method your surgeon is most comfortable using. There have been reports of complications with all mesh hernia repairs but are not common. The thing is, repair without mesh is not close to as reliable as with mesh. Talk to your surgeon more. ...Read more

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Hi, 3 month since I had an inguinal hernia surgery. Can I consider myself to be fully recovered? What are the things I should avoid to re-occurrence?

Hi, 3 month since I had an inguinal hernia surgery. Can I consider myself to be fully recovered? What are the things I should avoid to re-occurrence?

Yes: Healing time is 6-8 weeks, 3 months is clearly time to return to normal activity. Recurrences are rare but can occur, suggest as yoou return to normal activity work up to strenuous activity such as lifting ...Read more

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I had laproscopic inguinal hernia surgery about 6 months ago, and I can still feel things moving when I laugh in my groin. Doc says it feels ok.?

Probably fine: If the hernia recurs you will have a bulge and if gut in the sac you may feel that.
Surgeon would see or feel that with the exam.
You may be feeling your intestine move in the abdomen in response to stimulus from laugh or cough. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about hernia surgery?

Repairs weakness: There are several types of hernia surgery, the most common is inguinal and is best handled as an outpatient with local anesthesia. Here small intestine slides out of the groin or inguinal canal and this opening is closed preventing bowel from sliding out.
A ventral hernia is a weakness in the belly wall and usually requires some type of mesh to give the belly wall strength. ...Read more

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After hernia surgery, is hardness normal?

After hernia surgery, is hardness normal?

Seroma: That hard lump could just be a benign fluid collection. Just to be on the safe side see your surgeon. ...Read more

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After hernia surgery what are the chances of the mesh tearing?

After hernia surgery what are the chances of the mesh tearing?

Mesh tear: Unlikely, more likely to move out of position or have a securing stitch brake or scar tissue causing pain or recurrence of hernia. ...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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Why is there burning after hernia surgery?

See below: Nerve discomfort to the skin can temporarily result in a sharp or burning feeling around the surgical site. That discomfort resolves as the surgical site heals. See your surgeon to be sure that you are healing properly. ...Read more

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Is walking after hernia surgery beneficial?

Is walking after hernia surgery beneficial?

Yes: Getting up and walking shortly after surgery is very good. It can help prevent certain complications like pulmonary atelectasis and deep vein thrombosis. Early postoperative mobilization is important. ...Read more

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Does a past hernia surgery affect fertility?

Should not: Inguinal or groin hernia surgery should not affect fertility in a male. However, complex hernia or hernia repair that was extensive could involve the spermatic cord on rare occasion. Talk to your doctor and discuss you concerns. Bring your wife so that all parties discuss openly. There are many reasons for difficultly in getting pregnant. Avoid any blame and support each other. ...Read more

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What are common hernia surgery complications?

Uncommon: Fortunately, complications are uncommon after hernia repair, but they can be serious when they happen. Specific to hernia repair, chronic pain and hernia recurrence occur about 5% of the time or less for small, uncomplicated hernia repairs that are typically performed as an outpatient. Not all hernias are equal however, and a general surgeon may be able to give you specifics for your case. ...Read more

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Are there side effects to mesh hernia surgery?

None: There should be no side effects. Www. Drlugo. Com. ...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. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more