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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Board Certified, General Surgery
34 years in practice
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What would cause an inguinal/mesh hernia repair to fail? What are the symptoms of failure?

Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Board Certified, General Surgery
34 years in practice
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What would cause an inguinal/mesh hernia repair to fail?  What are the symptoms of failure?

Hernia failure: Hernia recurrence is 1-5% after surgery. Poor tissue, obesity, steroid medications, infections and possibly return to heavy work too soon can be some possible reasons. Many causes are unknown. Symptoms would be the same swelling, bulge & discomfort at the hernia site. Would need a physical examination with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Dr. Haider Goussous
Board Certified, General Surgery
58 years in practice
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How long does it take for atrophic testes to lose function, how long is the process and what are the symptoms if caused by hernia repair?

Dr. Haider Goussous
Board Certified, General Surgery
58 years in practice
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How long does it take for atrophic testes to lose function, how long is the process and what are the symptoms if caused by hernia repair?

Few weeks: If the hernia surgery caused the atrophy, the the reason was that the blood supply of the testicle was compromised , it will cause the testicle to atrophy within the first three months, generally speaking there are no symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Dr. Daniel Conway
Board Certified, General Surgery
31 years in practice
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What symptoms would I have if i had a reoccurrence 4 1/2 months post - op iguinal laprascopic hernia repair ?

Dr. Daniel Conway
Board Certified, General Surgery
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What symptoms would I have if i had a reoccurrence 4 1/2 months post - op iguinal laprascopic hernia repair ?

A bulge : The clear sign of a recurent hernia is a bulge or protrusion in the same area as the previous repair. While that might be associated with some pain, pain alone is more likely post surgical at four months. If you are worried go back and see the surgeon who did the previous repair. ...Read more

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Dr. Norman Baron
Board Certified, General Surgery
47 years in practice
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I know its unlikely but if i get atrophic testes after my bilateral hernia repair what would be its symptoms? Im 16, no mesh a will be done laparoscop

Dr. Norman Baron
Board Certified, General Surgery
47 years in practice
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I know its unlikely but if i get atrophic testes after my bilateral hernia repair what would be its symptoms? Im 16, no mesh a will be done laparoscop

They get smaller: The only way that you could get atrophy of the testes from a surgical procedure is if the artery to the testicles is compromised. The testicular artery comes off of the artery to the kidneys, runs down to the groin behind the lining of the abdomen then descends through a canal into the scrotum and thence to the testicle. Both arteries would have to be injured to have both testicles atrophy. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
Board Certified, General Surgery
38 years in practice
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I have a hard periumbilica lump, most obvious only on standing, persistent for about 8 months after a laparoscopic hernia repair, no other symptoms.

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
Board Certified, General Surgery
38 years in practice
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What kind ??: what kind of a hernia repair did you had, inguinal, or ventral, or incisional. did you have any incision in the area where you have the lump. the best way is to check with your surgeon bilsalamah inshallah ...Read more

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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
Board Certified, Trauma Surgery
45 years in practice
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Can an umbilical hernia repair rupture a few weeks after surgery? If so, what are the symptoms? It has been 3 weeks and I am afraid to affect it.

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
Board Certified, Trauma Surgery
45 years in practice
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Return of hernia lum: Return to surgeon for re-examination or get second opinion ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Cunningham
Board Certified, Phlebology
29 years in practice
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I had surgery for a inguinal hernia repair about 5 1/2 years ago. I'm starting to have the same symptoms as the first one, can it happen twice? 

Dr. Gary Cunningham
Board Certified, Phlebology
29 years in practice
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Sure.: Most inguinal hernia repairs are permanent, but you can have a recurrent hernia for many different reasons. But, there are other conditions that have some symptoms similar to an inguinal hernia. Your doctor can probably sort this out pretty quickly with an exam. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
Board Certified, General Surgery
38 years in practice
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My middle aged husband has suffered severe ED since his inguinal hernia repair with mesh about 6 years ago. He had absolutely no symptoms of ED prior.

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
Board Certified, General Surgery
38 years in practice
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See a urologist: My first impression that there is no relation . The most damage any surgeon can do in a hernia repair is damage to the testicle and that will not cause ED BECAUSE THE OTHER TESTICKE SHOULD BE MIRE THAN ENOUGH TO CARRY THE JOB. So the problem either secondary to pain or purely psychological . See a urologist for a full evaluation ...Read more

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Dr. Rafael Lugo
Board Certified, General Surgery
23 years in practice
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Is mesh safe decades after hernia repair?

Dr. Rafael Lugo
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Dr. Randy Stevens
Board Certified, General Surgery
19 years in practice
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What are recent trends of hernia repair?

Dr. Randy Stevens
Board Certified, General Surgery
19 years in practice
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Minimally invasive: Hernia's are being approached by minimally invasive techniques. This allows the repair by small incisions. This allows you to return to work sooner and causes less scar. To repair the hernia the trend is to use artificial material. The quality of repair using cameras and artificial material seems to work well and last a long time. ...Read more

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