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Cough had bilateral. laparoscopic inburial hernia repair. Pain at ins inscion belly button. Normal?

Cough had bilateral. laparoscopic  inburial hernia repair.   Pain at ins inscion belly button. Normal?

Yes normal: yes it is normal after bilateral inguinal hernia repair to have pain in the incision, specially after coughing
treat your cough, it could turn very painful. ...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


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I just had inginial hernia repair with mesh about 5 days ago and its very painful when I cough is this normal?

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

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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.?

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.?

Hernia recurrence: Whether the hernia is a recurrence at the original site, or new hernias from laparoscopic incisions, it sounds like you will need to have then repaired. It is unfortunate, but straining, lifting, & coughing can all cause hernias to form or recur. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Dear doctor, 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?

Dear doctor, 
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

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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?

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

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How do I know if I damaged a hernia repair mesh from coughing 4 weeks after surgery.

How do I know if I damaged a hernia repair mesh from coughing 4 weeks after surgery.

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

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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 ?

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 ?

See your surgeon: Very important to see your surgeon soon. If you were doing well and now feel swollen again 3 months after the surgery, it could well be that the repair failed.
Make sure you see your surgeon soon.
All best! ...Read more

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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

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What is mash in hernia repair?

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

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What are recent trends of hernia repair?

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

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What cares should be taken after hernia repair?

What cares should be taken after hernia repair?

Inguinal hernia?: If yes, do some light stretch exercises, drink water, avoid constipation diet, avoid strenuous exercises (weight lifting).
Use common sense to avoid recurrence of hernia. ...Read more

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Bulge in the hernia repair area normal?

Seroma: This usually occurs and i tend to see more of these when i repair these hernias laparoscopically rather than open. This will usually resolve or improve by 6 weeks post-op. ...Read more

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Can a high tal hernia repair come undone?

Can a high tal hernia repair come undone?

Hiatal hernia: Hiatal hernia repair can come undone. It also may wear out. If you notice a return of symptoms talk to your surgeon. Re-repair is possible but your surgeon will repeat studies and may want to try medical therapy first with you. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is all hernia repair mesh synthetic fabric?

No.: There are many different kinds of mesh available for hernia repair. Some products are derived from animal products, or from cell culture products. Each product has specific uses, so talk with your surgeon to see what meets your needs. ...Read more

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Does hernia repair cause permanent numbness?

Does hernia repair cause permanent numbness?

It can.: Numbness along the inner thigh is very common after repair of an inguinal hernia. Sometimes it's temporary, but often it's permanent. ...Read more

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Can I still do gymnastic after hernia repair?

Can I still do gymnastic after hernia repair?

Yes: But wait until surgeon clears you to reduce chance of recurrence or bleeding.
Usually well healed in two months, or so.
I presume this is a groin hernia but the principle is the same for umbilical or femoral. ...Read more

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Who is the best surgery technique for hernia repair?

Who is the best surgery technique for  hernia repair?

It varies; use mesh!: Mesh, despite what you might hear on late night tv, is the best way to trait a hernia. There are many ways to put it in though. Talk to a surgeon! ...Read more

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How long until a hydrocele goes away after hernia repair?

How long until a hydrocele goes away after hernia repair?

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

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How long is the recovery time for laproscopic hernia repair?

1-2 weeks: While it varies, return to work is often 1 week, even for moderately active jobs. ...Read more

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Is age 72 too old to have hiatial hernia repair or I will be ok?

Is age 72 too old to have hiatial hernia repair or I will be ok?

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

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How long am i suppose to wait after hernia repair to masturbate?

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

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How do you decide between an open or laparoscopic hernia repair ?

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

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What is it called when you get fluid build up near hernia repair?

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

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How long after laparoscopic hernia repair can I return to hockey?

2 weeks: About 2 weeks if you are feeling well and the swelling is down and incisions are fully healed. ...Read more

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I had hernia repair with mesh years ago, can my diastisis recti be repaire?

Not recommended: A surgery could be done to remove a portion of the fascia and reqpproximate the rectus muscles, however this is not recommended as you would be at risk for then developing a hernia in the future. ...Read more

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I have constant belching after hernia repair with partial mesh wrap, what to do?

I have constant belching after hernia repair with partial mesh wrap, what to do?

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

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How long should you wait to return to normal duties after incisional hernia repair?

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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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


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