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What is the best method of groin hernia surgery?

What is the best method of groin hernia surgery?

Method you like: It is patient choice more often open tension free hernia repair is done under local anesthesia (with sedation) using synthetic graft which has very low incidence of recurrence, few surgeons prefer laparoscopic repair where general anesthesia is required. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Femoral Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall allowing contents within the abdomen to protrude. The most common hernias are inguinal (lower abdomen around the pubic bone) or umbilical (around the bellybutton). A femoral hernia is less common and occurs where the blood vessels enter the leg. When there is an external lump, it shows up in the upper front part of the leg. ...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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I had open groin hernia surgery 5 weeks ago. Thoughts on starting exercising on an elliptical?

I had open groin hernia surgery 5 weeks ago. Thoughts on starting exercising on an elliptical?

Depends a lot: On size of hernia and strength of your native tissue. Five weeks is usually enough time for initial healing. Ask your surgeon for specific advice, but you can probably start slowly. ...Read more

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Had groin hernia surgery 5 days ago. The side that was operated on still looks like it has a bump. Does that mean the hernia is still there?

Had groin hernia surgery 5 days ago. The side that was operated on still looks like it has a bump. Does that mean the hernia is still there?

Postoperative Check: 33 year old gentleman s/p hernia surgery now with a "bump" in the area of surgery. Please contact your surgeon immediately. What you are noticing may be a seroma, fluid collection, or even a wound infection. It is impossible to tell without an exam. If your surgeon is on Healthtap you can show him your wound on the system without having to visit the office until it is deemed necessary. ...Read more

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Had groin hernia surgery 6 weeks ago. Started cardio again and noticed that my GERD is worse after exercise. Could the hernia surgery cause this?

Had groin hernia surgery 6 weeks ago. Started cardio again and noticed that my GERD is worse after exercise. Could the hernia surgery cause this?

DGL is used to: Help with acid reflux and is safe. If you take licorice that is not DGL, over time it can raise your blood pressure. Please consult w/your doc. Peace and good health. Previous surgery unlikely cause. ...Read more

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No history of blood clots but what is the likelihood of developing a PE after groin hernia surgery? Wasn't in bed too much and made an effort to move

No history of blood clots but what is the likelihood of developing a PE after groin hernia surgery? Wasn't in bed too much and made an effort to move

At 33, close to 0...: The odd to develop PE should be close to 0. But it is still advisable to push yourself to move around and return to "normal" life as fast as possible to fulfill: Do something within personal control and stop worrying about those beyond. An uneventful inguinal herniorrhaphy should usually heal well with a fading pain in 1-3 weeks; so, it is okay as long as less painful day by day. ...Read more

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Had groin hernia surgery with mesh in (07, 08) mesh had to be removed it failed (2010). Groin pain again & in leg. Feel a lump in groin. Is it a hernia?

Had groin hernia surgery with mesh in (07, 08) mesh had to be removed it failed (2010). Groin pain again & in leg. Feel a lump in groin. Is it a hernia?

Probably: Get area examined. An ultrasound or ct scan can see hernia also but usually just need examination by someone experienced with hernias; typically a surgeon. ...Read more

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Having groin hernia surgery with local anesthesia in 3 days and have a stuffy nose. Likelihood of still having the procedure?

Having groin hernia surgery with local anesthesia in 3 days and have a stuffy nose. Likelihood of still having the procedure?

Stuffy nose: This should not be a problem for your surgery but, for completeness, please let the surgeon know about your stuffy nose.
Hope all goes well. ...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?

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 waiting time for inguinal hernia surgery?

How long waiting time for inguinal hernia surgery?

Variable: The timing of surgery depends on whether any pre operative evauation is necessary with other doctors, the urgency of the operation, & the surgeon's schedule. In the us, I believe that most surgeons can schedule a hernia operation within a few weeks after initial evaluation. ...Read more

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How much time will it take me to recover from inguinal hernia surgery?

How much time will it take me to recover from inguinal hernia surgery?

Up to 6 weeks: Depending on the type of repair, it can take between 1 and 6 weeks to recover. If you have a laparoscopic repair it can take between 1-2 weeks to recover, and if it is open, depending on the recommendations of your surgeon, it can take bewtween two and 6 weeks for full recovery ...Read more

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M28, had inguinal hernia surgery with prolene mesh, 45 days back. At that time my ESR was 2 and now it is 31, could this be from reaction to mesh.

Very unlikely: Prolene is polypropylene, very inert and non reactive. Elevated ESR to that level can be caused by any inflammatory condition. You should look to another source for this lab test abnormality. ...Read more

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What period of time for intercourse after an inguinal hernia surgery?

What period of time for intercourse after an inguinal hernia surgery?

No restriction: Anytime that you are comfortable. It will not cause harm to the repair. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing a burning or stabbing pain 3 weeks after inguinal hernia surgery. It comes and goes a few times a day. Is this normal?

I have been experiencing a burning or stabbing pain 3 weeks after inguinal hernia surgery. It comes and goes a few times a day. Is this normal?

Not really: Call your doctor, surgeon to let her/him know of this. You want to make sure the mesh is in place and not out of place stabbing you, or pushing on something that it shouldn't be. You have 90 days of post op care that's prepaid with your surgery. So, don't delay. Your surgeon needs to know this information. Good luck! ...Read more

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How much time after inguinal hernia surgery can I drink alcohol again?

How much time after inguinal hernia surgery can I drink alcohol again?

Common sense: I would wait until the anesthesia wears off (1 day) and you are no longer taking narcotic pain medication. Best of luck with the hernia repair! ...Read more

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About 5 months after inguinal hernia surgery the area under incision is stll numb and at times dimfficult to walk my famy MD says it is normal. Is it?

About 5 months after inguinal hernia surgery the area under incision is stll numb and at times dimfficult to walk my famy MD says it is normal. Is it?

The numbness is okay: -it may always be there. After a time you will not notice it. As far as interfering with walking this is not okay. Get back to your surgeon an have an evaluation & referrals if needed. ...Read more

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I had an inguinal hernia surgery in 2010 (open repair)if I have scar tissue around spermatic cord. Will I feel pain all the time or just when ejaculate?

I had an inguinal hernia surgery in 2010 (open repair)if I have scar tissue around spermatic cord. Will I feel pain all the time or just when ejaculate?

You may: Pain after any hernia operation is common though it usually resolves in a few months. Scarring of the cord or cremaster muscles is probably causing this. Repeating surgery usually doesn't solve this. Steroid injection treatments may help. Applying heat or a hot bath may help. With time, this usually becomes less of an issue. If you feel a mass or bulge that comes and goes, see the surgeon. ...Read more

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I had inguinal hernia surgery 2 days back. I can't poop properly. Just farting. What I can do? Each time I feel and ready to poop I can't cause of pain

Hydrate/stool soften: Make sure you stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of fluid - about 2L per day, especially while recovering from surgery. If you are taking narcotic pain medication, you should also take a stool softener which may help, such as colace (docusate sodium). And most of all, don't worry, the poop will come out soon. If the problem gets worse, call your surgeon. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I had inguinal hernia surgery w/ mesh 6 months ago. Now I have a pulling sensation in my groin. Saw my surgeon twice, he says it feels okay. Any ideas?

I had inguinal hernia surgery w/ mesh 6 months ago. Now I have a pulling sensation in my groin. Saw my surgeon twice, he says it feels okay. Any ideas?

Time will heal: The mesh material can move very slightly, but this can cause pain. Usually the pain lasts for about 3 days and then subsides. If your doctor did not feel that the hrnia came back...Then you should be ok. Take Motrin or another ant-inflamatory agent but ask your doctor first so that you do not have a drug interaction. ...Read more

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I had laproscopic inguinal hernia surgery 6 months ago....My groin area still hurts for days after I workout. Doc says it feels ok. Will this improve?

I had laproscopic inguinal hernia surgery 6 months ago....My groin area still hurts for days after I workout. Doc says it feels ok. Will this improve?

Yes,: Yes it should improve. Depends of the type of the procure. Certainly if persist have it checked out just to rule out a recurrence of the hernia. Rarely, but it can happen. ...Read more

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I had inguinal hernia surgery about three weeks ago. The doctor said all went well but I can still see the same bulge in my left groin.

Go for follow up: Some times, takes time to resolve the colectd blood and fluid, also if there is graft (mesh) takes time to get incorporated into tissue. And always a possibility of recurrence usually not this soon. See your surgeon who will explain to you. ...Read more

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My husband had left inguinal hernia surgery 10 days ago. Left testicle swollen, hard and is up very high near groin. Is this normal? When will it drop

My husband had left inguinal hernia surgery 10 days ago. Left testicle swollen, hard and is up very high near groin. Is this normal? When will it drop

Most likely: Your husband's testis is hopefully just inflamed from the mesh used. However to be safe you should have him see his doctor. ...Read more

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I had an inguinal hernia surgery in 2010 I feel pain in my groin when I ejaculate I wanna know if my repair is damaged will it be appear in MRI result?

See answer: Two problems associated with hernias and hernia repairs: 1) repairs can break down and hernias recur. Diagnosed either on physical exam and/or an imaging study. Ultrasound, ct, and MRI have all been used with about 65-85% reliability. 2) chronic pain after repair related to scar tissue, nerve irritation or entrapment. Pain with ejaculation could also be do to irritation/inflammation of prostate. ...Read more

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I had open inguinal hernia surgery on my left side without mesh four weeks ago. I have been having burning & stabbing pain in groin with a dull ache?

I had open inguinal hernia surgery on my left side without mesh four weeks ago. I have been having burning & stabbing pain in groin with a dull ache?

Trajectory of pain?: If your pain is gradually getting better, I wouldn't worry about it yet. It should continue to improve. If it is worsening, see your surgeon. If it is not changed compared to prior to your operation, it might be due to something else. Your surgeon can help direct you the right direction. ...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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Laparoscopic double inguinal hernia surgery 4 1/2 months ago still real sore right testicle. Recently start feel discomfort groin& pubic area can do?

Laparoscopic double inguinal hernia surgery 4 1/2 months ago still real sore right testicle. Recently start feel discomfort groin& pubic area can do?

Give it more time: Sometimes the blood supply to the testicle is slightly compromised due to swelling, etc.
Good scrotal support, non steroidal medication is what is needed. And more time. ...Read more

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Is drinking alcohol 2 days after inguinal hernia surgery ok or will it increase bruising in groin area?

Is drinking alcohol 2 days after inguinal hernia surgery ok or will it increase bruising in groin area?

A couple drinks OK: Excessive drinking can affect your liver's function. .. Which might cause more bruising, but in general won't have any effect. A couple of drinks is ok. Good luck with your hernia repair. .. I hope you're having it done laparoscopically!
regards, dr. T. ...Read more

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M31, after inguinal hernia surgery in gen. Anesthesia I felt difficulties in breathing n vomited several times. Do I have lung disease?

M31, after inguinal hernia surgery in gen. Anesthesia I felt difficulties in breathing n vomited several times. Do I have lung disease?

Not necessarily: Most likely due to temporary reaction of anesthetic medications which may take few hours to clear from your body. Speak to your doctor if you have ' lung disease ' will tell you. ...Read more

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Should I undergo inguinal hernia surgery?

Probably: If you have a hernia that is enlarging or causing sone pressure or discomfort symptons, then yes have hernia surgery. Risks depend on your overall health ; surgical risks. A hernia will not resolve without surgery ; you can watch a small hernia if your doctor says it is alright to observe it. ...Read more

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I would like information regarding inguinal hernia surgery.?

Info: Inguinal hernia repair can be performed laparoscopically or opr. Lap has less pain and shorter recovery, but only when done by a surgeon with substantial training and experience some say 250 cases, but the number is highly variable, and surgeon dependent. Best approach is the one the surgeon does best. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Pain after open inguinal hernia surgery?

Post-op pain common: Talk to your surgeon! Tell him/her what's going on. You're the best judge of how much pain you can tolerate but let your surgeon know. S/he should have warned you about post-op pain as well as potential complications. Check back in w/your surgeon to be sure your pain isn't due to bleeding, infection or repair gone bad. ...Read more

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After inguinal hernia surgery is the pain worse the next day?

Incisional pain: You are experiencing incisional pain which can last a few days after surgery. It should settle down in a few days as will the swelling that is expected after surgery. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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When can I safely travel after an open inguinal hernia surgery?

When can I safely travel after an open inguinal hernia surgery?

Depends: Ask the surgeon.
Some repairs are more tenuous than others. And the surgeon will suggest.
Usually 2 weeks would suffice.
Once pain medicines
stopped. ...Read more

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Could I get some information regarding inguinal hernia surgery.?

Opinions: Have more than 1 doctor examine you. If surgery necessary check their record of surgery, (#'s and results.) Do have it if indicated because of danger of bowel getting stuck in muscle defect and turning gangrenous, "incarcerated hernia." Hope this is helpful. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: inguinal hernia surgery?

What is the definition or description of: inguinal hernia surgery?

Surgery: Inguinal or groin hernias are very common. They can be repaired with an incision over the groin, or with laparoscopic syrgery. The surgery is performed with some form of anesthesia. Mesh is a soft woven material often used in hernia surgery to help prevent the hernia from returning in the future. Usually it is an outpatient procedure with a 4-6 recovery before doing heavy work or exercises. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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


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