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Should hernia repair feel like hard lump after surgery?

Should hernia repair feel like hard lump after surgery?

Normal: Early after a surgical procedure, the tissue under the incision feels hard for up to several weeks. Surgeons refer to this as a "healing ridge". If the hard lump is large and visible however, there could be a collection of blood (hematoma) or fluid (seroma), both if which should resolve on their own. See your surgeon for an exam to be sure. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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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


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Why is testicle swollen and hard after inguinal hernia surgery?

Why is testicle swollen and hard after inguinal hernia surgery?

Several causes.: A swollen hard testicle after inguinal hernia repair could be normal swelling or could be a sign of injury to the testicle or its blood supply. Best to contact your surgeon and be certain that all is well. ...Read more

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Hard lump near the back of testicle after hydrocele surgery 10 weeks ago?

Hard lump near the back of testicle after hydrocele surgery 10 weeks ago?

Lump post surgery: Please return to your doctor to make sure all is well. It MAY be scar tissue but you need to know. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Large mass (hematoma) 2 months after inguinal hernia repair. What can I do?

Large mass (hematoma) 2 months after inguinal hernia repair. What can I do?

See Surgeon.: Best to be seen by your surgeon who is in the position to accurately diagnose and advise treatment for the “large mass”. If it is a residual "mass" from a hematoma, time and the use of warm compresses may be all that is necessary. Sometimes, aspiration or drainage may be necessary. It will be important to rule out ( physical examination) recurrence of the hernia. Best wishes. ...Read more

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After 1 week umbilical hernia surgery, it is hard under the skin?

After 1 week umbilical hernia surgery, it is hard under the skin?

Mesh: It's probably the mesh. It is normal. Should soften up over time. Call your surgeon if the wound is red or draining. ...Read more

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Hard lump above belly button week after gallbladder surgery what could this be?

Hard lump above belly button week after gallbladder surgery what could this be?

Call your surgeon.: Anytime you have problems or questions in the immediate postoperative period, it is a wise idea to talk with the surgeon who performed your surgery. No questions are silly. It would be difficult for us to diagnose what that may be without being able to see it, however. The surgeon is in the best situation to diagnose it. Good luck. ...Read more

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5 weeks after hernia surgery I have very firm baseball size bulge above my belly button. When will this go away?

5 weeks after hernia surgery I have very firm baseball size bulge above my belly button.  When will this go away?

Get evaluated: At 5 weeks post surgery you are still inside the 90 day period of your surgeon. Okay to check in with your surgeon about this bulge. An ultrasound is a simple, easy diagnostic test that can reveal the cause. Good luck. ...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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What causes a hard lump after tummy tuck?

What causes a hard lump after tummy tuck?

Many Causes: There are many reasons why patients may have a “hard lump” after tummy tuck surgery. Physical examination will be key when making a diagnosis; your plastic surgeon will be your best resource. Some common causes include abnormal scarring, suture reaction, fat necrosis... ...Read more

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How long is the testicle swollen after inguinal hernia surgery?

How long is the testicle swollen after inguinal hernia surgery?

Here are some ...: How long the scrotal swelling after inguinal hernia repair may last varies widely although it would usually resolve in 1-3 weeks. So, it's reasonable to be patient, wait and see as long as the degree of swelling and related discomfort is slowly but surely getting better day by day. But, if still in doubt, see the surgeon for clarifying what you may have in mind. Best wish ... ...Read more

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Lump on testicle 5 weeks after hernia repair and hydrocele surgery? What is it? Should i be worried?

Lump on testicle 5 weeks after hernia repair and hydrocele surgery? What is it? Should i be worried?

Check with surgeon: This is likely a residual hematoma or swelling from your hernia repair and should resolve. If not tender or red, you can wait until you see your surgeon as part of your routine post-op check. Otherwise call for an earlier appointment. ...Read more

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Still feel lump under incision 2.5mnths after laparoscopic hernia surgery. Suture was vicryl and monocryl. When will it go away?

Still feel lump under incision 2.5mnths after laparoscopic hernia surgery. Suture was vicryl and monocryl. When will it go away?

Small hematoma: It's not uncommon to have a small, palpable lump under the trochar sites of laparoscopic surgery. This is usually a little inflammation combined with a little hematoma (blood.) should dissipate over the next few months. I would not worry about it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel pain from inguinal hernia surgery after 1 year?

Is it normal to feel pain from inguinal hernia surgery after 1 year?

No: You need to contact the surgeon who did the surgery to find out why. Most pain should have subsided by 6 weeks post-op. ...Read more

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Will a ventral hernia heal itself without having surgery ? Hernia around a scar on my stomach,

Will a ventral hernia heal itself without having surgery ? Hernia around a scar on my stomach,

A : A ventral hernia occurs at the site of a previous incision which does not heal correctly, where the lining of the abdomen, the sheath around the abdominal muscles, fail to heal. This leads to a weakness, which in general, will gradually increase due to the increased intra-abdominal pressure when one strains, or in some cases, due to build up of pressure within the abdominal cavity, such as seen with fluid build up, called ascites. Not all ventral hernias need to be repaired, however in some cases, the discomfort associated with a hernia or trapping intestine within the hernia, causing strangulation, may necessitate repair. There are several methods for repair, depending on the location and size of hernia. In this case, your surgeon can provide more specific information about what approaches may apply in your case. ...Read more

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Painful skin on touch below scar after hernia surgery. Hurts only when touched. 4 weeks now. How much longer. Large hernia. Open procedure ?

Painful skin on touch below scar after hernia surgery. Hurts only when touched. 4 weeks now. How much longer. Large hernia. Open procedure 
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Skin scar tender: 59 F Notes/asks: Painful skin on touch below scar after hernia surgery. Hurts only when touched. 4 weeks now. How much longer. Large hernia. Open procedure ? ANS: normal. Time will tell. No way to predict ask the Drs who did surgery what has been their experience in pts like U. ...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


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