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Cough And Hernia Repair
Cough had bilateral. laparoscopic inburial hernia repair. Pain at ins inscion belly button. Normal?
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
Normal: should resolve in 4-8 weeks.Get a more detailed answer ›
I just had inginial hernia repair with mesh about 5 days ago and its very painful when I cough is this normal?
Yes.: Unfortunately, hernia repair is typically associated with discomfort for "days-to-weeks", depending on the method of repair and size of the hernia. Follow your surgeons advice for pain control. If your pain is not well-controlled, your surgeon will want to hear from you. Rest assured, though: the pain tends to lessen with each passing day. ...Read more
Had ventral hernia repair 2/14/13. Recent upper resp. Infection w/ cough has caused 2 more hernias to form from lap.Incision sites. Sugg.?
A week long cough 130 days after open mesh inguinal hernia repair now have a stinging pain when i cough, step/lay or stretch a certain way. Concerned?
The cough: You need to find out what is causing the cough and if the cough is persistent talk to your doctor who may prescribe a cough medicine for you. Perhaps the scarring at the incision site has made the area more sensitive to pain but you really need to call this to the surgeon's attention if this persists after you have recovered from the cough. ...Read more
i am 43 yrs old woman who got operated for femoral hernia with a mesh. Will there be any side effects on the hernia repair due to cough?
Shouldn't be: The placement of the mesh will augment you existing connective tissue and scar forming at the operative site such that it should prevent hernia in the future even with a chronic cough, heavy lifting, and all noral activity. While problems with the mesh are possible, they are unlikely, and would typically manifest with chronic pain. Activity or cough should not increase the risk of mesh problems. ...Read more
Had inguinal hernia repair surgery 5 weeks ago laparoscopically. I feel a slight bulge where the hernia used to be when I lean back/cough. Recurrence?
Wait and see: To early to assume recurrence. Wait untl surrounding tissues are completely healed, 4-6 weeks and then if the bulge is still there examination should determine if it is truly a recurrence or just a palpable abdominal wall weakness. ...Read more
The only way to: tell for certain is to be examined. The odds are in your favor as most healing has completed within two weeks. Make an appointment to see the surgeon soon for reassurance. ...Read more
I had a hernia repair 3 months ago I started coughing and now my surgery site is swollen, a little hard and soft. Did I re tare it again ?
Can excessive coughing/sneezing the days immediately following lapro inguinal hernia repair mess up the results? Severe pain in right lower abdomen.
Rare: It would be rare to have that happen especially with a laparoscopic approach where the increased abdominal pressure with coughing and sneezing presses the mesh against the defect. Probably just some irritation and strain in the operative area due to the coughing and sneezing. ...Read more
Replacement: Mesh is often placed in the repair of groin or abdominal hernias. The mesh is made of plastic material with small holes and looks like a sheet. The holes allow the body's tissue to grow into the mesh and this re-enforces the repair. ...Read more
Good stuff: Recent trends in inguinal hernia repair include more training for laparoscopic repair which is been shown to have less risk for chronic pain and low recurrence. New prosthetics are also being developed for inguinal hernia for both open and laparoscopic techniques. We are even working on a technique that can be performed endoscopically through the mouth in the laboratory. ...Read more
It depends!: In order to answer the question, you'd have to know where it was, whether it was the first one, how big it was, and how long you had it before the operation. There are many factors! the good news is that seromas do go away, although sometimes we need to treat them. ...Read more
1-2 weeks: While it varies, return to work is often 1 week, even for moderately active jobs. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Surgeons often perform hiatal hernia repairs on patients your age. Whether you are a candidate depends on your overall health. If you have significant reflux or pain you should consult with a surgeon who performs these repairs to determine whether you are a good candidate. ...Read more
As tolerated: I tell my patients to return to normal activity as tolerated. This includes taking matters in to your own hands. Check with your surgeon if there are any doubts. ...Read more
Your choice...: Open repair is associated with more pain and a longer recovery than lap (by 1-2 weeks), but only if the lap surgeon is very experienced with the technique. Choose what the surgeon does best. If you want lap, find an experienced surgeon with at least previous 250 cases.Not foolproof, but it can start the conversation. If the surgeon does open, and you want lap, ask about a referral to a lap surgeon ...Read more
Seroma: This is normal, and usually goes away on its own within 6 months at the longest. If it doesn't, or if its causing problems, let your surgeon know. ...Read more
2 weeks: About 2 weeks if you are feeling well and the swelling is down and incisions are fully healed. ...Read more
See your surgeon: Depending on the time period after the surgery, this can be normal and need some time for the swelling that is normal immediately after the surgery to subside, or if it is occurring several weeks after the surgery it could mean that the wrap is too tight or it has slipped. The best person to determine this is your surgeon. Who can perform some tests to identify what the problem is. ...Read more
Incisional hernia: This is a tough question to answer as not all hernias are equivalent. Smaller hernias may allow patients to return to desk jobs in a few days. Larger hernias may take 6-12 weeks prior returning to work. Manual laborers will also require more time prior to returning to work. This is a question that needs to be discussed with your operating surgeon. ...Read more
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more