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Is a hard lump after umbilical hernia surgery (open repair) normal? I've had it for ten months now.

Is a hard lump after umbilical hernia surgery (open repair) normal? I've had it for ten months now.

Lump after surgery: A lump in the area where you had your surgery is most likely scar tissue. The thing to do is check with your surgeon to be sure. It is. Not. Unusual to have firm scar tissue like you have described. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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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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Hello, I had hernia surgery 6 days ago now above my navel thers a hard like lump and very tender is this normal?

Hello, I had hernia surgery 6 days ago now above my navel thers a hard like lump and very tender is this normal?

Belly Button Bump: Need to know if it was done endoscopically (which I would assume) or via a surgical incision. One of the endoscopic entrance points in around the navel and can leave some swelling as it heals. It should become much less tender after, say, 10 days and will take several weeks to completely heal. But--if no endoscope was used, then a doctor would need more info to help decide if related to the surgery ...Read more

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I had umbilical hernia surgery 4 weeks ago. I now have a hard lump in the area of the belly button/just above. Second repair with mesh. Is this normal?

I had umbilical hernia surgery 4 weeks ago. I now have a hard lump in the area of the belly button/just above. Second repair with mesh. Is this normal?

It is probably: Healing or edge of mesh at this stage, recurrence or infection is unlikely. Show it to your surgeon, just to be sure. ...Read more

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15 months ago I had inguinal hernia surgery 2 weeks ago I heart the area the hard lump that was their after my surgery is hurting?

15 months ago I had inguinal hernia surgery 2 weeks ago I heart the area the hard lump that was their after my surgery is hurting?

See surgeon: There is a possibility your hernia has recurred based on the information you have provided. Please have a physician examine you, preferably the surgeon who performed the original hernia surgery. ...Read more

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What is the lump in my groin area after hernia surgery?

What is the lump in my groin area after hernia surgery?

Probably: Healing ridge, but check with your surgeon just to make sure that it is not hematoma or deep infection. ...Read more

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Had a belly button hernia surgery a year and a half ago is it common to have a mass under the belly button?

Had a belly button hernia surgery a year and a half ago is it common to have a mass under the belly button?

??: After a year and a half I would have expected the "mass" to be gone. This could be scar tissue or possibly a recurrent hernia. Please see your surgeon to have it reevaluated. ...Read more

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I had a hernia surgery 2 yrs ago they used the mesh by my groin area. I have a tender lump below the mesh and it's a little painful?

Recurrent hernia: One thing I would be worried about is a recurrent hernia. The other possibility is an enlarged lymph node. A good physical exam with your doctor may be able to distinguish between the two, other wise you might need a ct scan or an ultrasound. ...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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Could a mass in between the lung and heart be scar tissue from a hernia surgery?

See doctor: It is unlikely that the mass could have arisen from a hernia surgery. Hernias are near the surface of the body, while this sounds like it is deeper. It could be something serious, like a malignancy, so you might need a biopsy. See your doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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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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Hard lump near the top of testicle after full recovery from hernia repair and hydrocele surgery? What could it be? I do not think it is swelling

Scar/blood clot: Probably scar tissue related to the suture material, the normal healing process, and/or a blood clot. Probably not dangerous. See your surgeon for an exam to be sure. ...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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Had a small umbilical hernia repair (no mesh) done a month ago. The lump above my belly button is still kind of squishy, like it was pre-surgery.

Had a small umbilical hernia repair (no mesh) done a month ago. The lump above my belly button is still kind of squishy, like it was pre-surgery.

You should have: Your surgeon take a look at it, if you are concerned about your post op status. Sometime, especially in men, a condition called diastasis can mimic hernia recurrence. ...Read more

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Can a hard cough post hernia surgery cause a tear?

Can a hard cough post hernia surgery cause a tear?

Yes: That is why I always inquires out constipation and chronic cough. Anything that increases the abdominal pressure can lead to a recurrence. ...Read more

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Had hernia surgery 1 yr ago and have hard time getting an erection is this normal?

Unrelated: Hernia surgery does not affect the involuntary nerves and blood supply to the penis and would have no affect on the ability of an erection. Discuss with your primary physician or a urologist. ...Read more

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My husband had umbiliy hernia surgery 2 weeks ago and it's still hard. Is that normal?

My husband had umbiliy hernia surgery 2 weeks ago and it's still hard. Is that normal?

Swelling: After an umbilical hernia repair, there is frequently swelling of the tissues that can take weeks to go away. Also, a fluid collection can form between the skin and the deeper fascia layer (the layer that gets repaired in a hernia surgery) called a seroma. A seroma is more common when mesh is used and almost always goes away on its own. Make sure you followup with your surgeon. ...Read more

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IM two weeks after hernia surgery, they insterted som kind of a net inside....I started coughing hard, can it damage the surgery somehow?

IM two weeks after hernia surgery, they insterted som kind of a net inside....I started coughing hard, can it damage the surgery somehow?

NO Unlikely: Most likely your hernia surgery is done using mesh, which can take stress like cough, as this type of repair has no tension. Call your surgeon and go for a follow up visit. ...Read more

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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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I had my gallbladder and an umbilical hernia surgery 2 weeks ago I am still having pain and I am having a very hard time sleeping is this normal?

When to get checked: At two weeks you should be getting better and be in to see your surgeon for post op appointment. One reason for delay in recovery is constipation. If you are not moving your bowels, start a bowel regimen. ...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 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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Feel bulging feeling in groin-esp when sitting and signing (yelling).No bump visible.3 surgeons said no need for hernia surgery. Feel pain coughing. Why?

Feel bulging feeling in groin-esp when sitting and signing (yelling).No bump visible.3 surgeons said no need for hernia surgery. Feel pain coughing. Why?

Groin pain: May be a sports hernia which is stretchng or tearing of the oblique muscles or the tendons of the adductors. May also be just irritation of the inguinal ligament, rarely sciatic pain, prostate/ testicular /intestine/kidney issue. F/u/ w/ doc

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(an inguinal l hernia is when the intestine protrudes through the defect in the abdominal wall ...Read more

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8 days after open inguinal hernia surgery the area beneath incision is hard and painful when touched or when I turn on my side at night. Normal?

8 days after open inguinal hernia surgery the area beneath incision is hard and painful when touched or when I turn on my side at night. Normal?

Yes: The surgical area may be firm to touch and tender for some weeks, and slight bruise discoloration may be seen. Increasing local skin redness around the surgical site warrants an urgent visit with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my stomach to become rock hard three months post ventral hernia surgery and four weeks post gallbladder surgery.?

Is it normal for my stomach to become rock hard three months post ventral hernia surgery and four weeks post gallbladder surgery.?

Maybe: There could be a fluid collection building up in front of the mesh use for the hernia repair (if one was used). Call your surgeon to arrange a physical exam. ...Read more

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I had ventral hernia surgery on sept 7th. I get this contraction like feeling and stomach gets hard. It isn't painful but causes discomfort. Normal?

I had ventral hernia surgery on sept 7th. I get this contraction like feeling and stomach gets hard. It isn't painful but causes discomfort. Normal?

Most likey: It's only been a few days since your surgery and most people will have discomfort for a week or two after ventral hernia repair. Binder support helps sometimes. When is your scheduled postoperative check? Your surgeon is your best resource at this point - call if you have concerns. ...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)

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