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Doctor insights on: Before And After Umbilical Hernia Repair

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How soon can you start exercising after umbilical hernia repair?

How soon can you start exercising 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

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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


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Is it normal to still have pain after 7 or so months after umbilical hernia repair with mesh?

Is it normal to still have pain after 7 or so months after umbilical hernia repair with mesh?

Maybe: Some intermittent, mild discomfort is common, but more severe pain is not. Call your surgeon for a follow up exam. Read more

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How can I assist sleeping after umbilical hernia repair?

How can I assist sleeping after umbilical hernia repair?

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

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What to do about infection 3 months after umbilical hernia repair?

What to do about infection 3 months after umbilical hernia repair?

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

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When will the swelling go down after umbilical hernia repair surgery?

When will the swelling go down after umbilical hernia repair surgery?

Swelling post-op: Swelling occurs after any type surgery, including hernia surgery. This swelling gets maximal over the first day or so. It normally takes a few weeks for most of the swelling to disappear. It may take 6-8 weeks for the swelling to completely dissipate. Read more

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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.

~4 days: It depends on how big the hernia was, how much dissection the surgeon had to do, and if it was done open (single larger incision) or laparoscopically (tiny incisions and a video camera). Usually, most of the swelling should be fading by about 4 days after surgery. Read more

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When can I have sex after umbilical hernia repair?

When can I have sex after umbilical hernia repair?

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

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How much is umbilical hernia repair?

Several thousand: 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

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Can you tell me about an umbilical hernia repair?

Can you tell me about an umbilical hernia repair?

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

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Does umbilical hernia repair require hospitalisation?

No: Usually an outpatient surgery at a hospital or surgery center. Can go home after recovered from the anesthetic. Unless the surgery is being performed for some uncommon emergency. Read more

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What's recovery time for an umbilical hernia repair.?

What's recovery time for an umbilical hernia repair.?

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

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How long does it take to recover from umbilical hernia repair?

How long does it take to recover from umbilical hernia repair?

About 2-4 weeks: It depends. Recovery is longer for larger hernias (more than about 4 cm). You can eat normal foods, walk, and climb stairs right after surgery. Depending on the hernia size, the surgeon will probably recommend not lifting more than 15 lbs for 2 weeks, and no heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for 4-6 weeks. Pain usually improves by about 1 week after surgery. Read more

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What is the definition or description of: umbilical hernia repair?

Umb Hernia Repair: 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 home the same day. Read more

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Can you please share their experience with umbilical hernia repair?

Very common problem: Typically a simple outpatient procedure. May or may not require mesh depending on the size. Several days of mild to moderate pain. Recommend no heavy lifting or straining for one month after repair, then no restrictions. Read more

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Is it normal to still have pain where you had a umbilical hernia repair with mesh?

Yes, mild pain: It is normal to have mild pain, especially with strenuous activity, at the site of an umbilical hernia repair for a few weeks after surgery. Severe pain, or pain lasting longer, is unusual. If the pain is severe, and especially if there is a bulge in that area, you should see the surgeon promptly to make sure that the hernia has not recurred. Read more

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I've had a umbilical hernia repair a year ago, but my hernia came back out. What to do now?

See your surgeon: Umbilical hernias may recur. If mesh was not used the first time, it will be needed for a subsequent repair. A binder can be used to control symptoms until the time of re-repair. You should see your surgeon. Read more

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Strong Pulling sensation one week after tension free mesh umbilical hernia repair? Is this normal?

Strong Pulling sensation one week after tension free mesh umbilical hernia repair? Is this normal?

Wait and see: Do not stretch your abdomen too much for next 2 to 3 wks for compete healing then only you know if hernia is recurring. Read more

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I need to have an umbilical hernia repair. Nobody seems to be able to answer whether I should fix it now or wait until I am finished having children.

Depends: If you need to have the umbilical hernia repair because it's causing pain, because it's large, or because it contains intestines, then you should have it fixed now, then recover for several weeks, and then have kids. If the hernia is small and is not causing pain, then you could probably have kids first, however pregnancy could make the hernia larger and more painful. Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Umbilical Hernia (Definition)

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


Dr. David Earle
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Umbilical Hernia Repair (Definition)

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