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Drinking Alcohol After Hernia Surgery
Is drinking alcohol 2 days after inguinal hernia surgery ok or will it increase bruising in groin area?
Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more
Depends: It depends on what type of hernia and technique of repair and anesthesia. It also depends on whether or not you are taking narcotic pain medication. In general, wait until the anesthesia wears off, and you are no longer taking narcotic pain meds. Check with your surgeon to be sure. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Yes: I can think of no reason why you could not drink flax seed tea. ...Read more
I have a hernia surgery two days after a social event. To what extent can I consume alcohol prior to the surgery?
Moderation is best: Drinking in moderation two days before your surgery won't affect anything. Just make sure you stay hydrated. If you drink to excess and have issues like vomiting and dehydration, this could affect your electrolytes and surgery. A conservative amount two days prior shouldn't be an issue. ...Read more
I had open hernia surgery a week and a half ago, I'm only urinating twice a day even though I'm drinking plenty of fluids and I have only had two BM's since I came home from the hospital. Is this normal?
Maybe: You really need to call your surgeon. While it is unlikely, you may need a bladder catheter. ...Read more
I am 2 weeks post op for inguinal hernia surgery-- is it ok to consume alcohol, or will it affect the healing process?
Can excess beer (8) cause damage/complications to open umbilical hernia surgery no mesh, one night after 2 1/2 weeks post op due to alcohol/bloating?
Yes: alcohol in any amount, but particularly in large amounts, impairs the body's ability to fight infection and heal properly. Binge drinking is associated with increased problems with car accidents, sexual assault, falls, as well as illnesses like pancreatitis, bleeding from the stomach and many other problems. Talk to your doctor about getting help and refrain from excessive use. ...Read more
Not per se: One cannot get a hernia from drinking alcohol. But passing out under the influence increases the risk for aspiration of stomach contents into the trachea and lungs. The cough associated with aspiration can be so vigorous as to cause hernias and in extreme cases a rupture of the esophagus. ...Read more
As tolerated: Alcohol per se does not have any specific time restriction. If you're taking narcotic pain medicine however I would avoid alcohol use. Furthermore, carbonated beverage can be problematic in terms of bloating and probably should be avoided for between four and six weeks, or at least as long until you're able to reserve resume normal food intake. Call your surgeon with any questions however because they know your case a bit better. Best of luck. ...Read more
Unrelated: Symptoms from an incisional hernia may be swelling, pressure, discomfort, pain. If the hernia causes marked pain with nausea and vomiting then the hernia needs to be evaluated by a doctor or emergency room urgently. Drinking alcohol in a smart and moderate amount would have no affect on a hernia condition. ...Read more
Is it physically possible to ruin open umbilical hernia repair 2 1/2 weeks after surgery by drinking a large amount of beer for only one night?
Beer and hernia: 22 M asks if umbilical hernia breakdown could be cause by a large amount of beer 1 night. ANS: please define large. So if enough that u got drunk out of your mind and in a fight or lifting contest or arm wrestling contest vomited your guts up or stumbled down flight of stairs. So ask your designated driver or poor girlfriend what happened if you don't remember. Then review with your Dr. ...Read more
Had a normal endoscopy with slight hiatal hernia. So why does my stomach burn and feel irritated for a day after drinking alcohol?
Hernia surgery under general anesthesia schd in 10 days. Heavy drinker and rec. Drug user. Have used Coke, crystal, Vicodin in last 20 days. Is a 10 day detox likely sufficient to mitigate risk assuming no other health factors. Can't disclose to Dr.
Ideally 2 weeks: Ideally you should be clean 2 weeks before general anesthesia The risk is you have a cardiac arrhythmia and die on the table. It is never a good idea to hide your drug use from your physicians because the drugs in your system interfere with the drugs and treatments he/she provides. They may drug test you before the surgery and if positive cancel the surgery. But it's better than dying ...Read more
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
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
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
Not a good idea: Avoid any physical activity till your surgeon clears you. This is a question you should ask your surgeon ...Read more
Regular staple: Presuming you are talking about the skin closure, they are typically the shape of a regular staple. They are "open" on the side under the skin, but angled towards the center of the staple. ...Read more
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
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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