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Hernia Repair With Mesh Recovery Time
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
1-2 weeks: While it varies, return to work is often 1 week, even for moderately active jobs. ...Read more
Short: Most umbilical hernia repairs are done outpatient and require a very short recovery. If you do a lot of liftinig, bending and stooping and straining your time for recovery may be longer (~2-4 weeks). If you have a less strenuous vocation, then perhaps less than a week to up to 2 weeks. It will depend on your size, condition, health and complications and your doctor's opinion. ...Read more
Two months after inguinal open/mesh hernia repair, I still have discomfort in groin/testicle. I'm starting to worry about my recovery. Should I be?
Hernia repair 2/13 for lg. Ventral henias. New one developed recently outside 1 st repair of 8" by 13" mesh. Not inclined to fix this time. Advice?
Consequences: That's the biggest thing to consider. Small hernias are much easier to repair than large ones. ... And especially if you've just had a major hernia repair with a new weakness, it's been 6 months, and an ideal time to repair this small area before it becomes a bigger problem (pun intended!). Good luck! ...Read more
I had surgery on wednesday may 1st for hernia repair with the mesh and then on friday may 3 rd and now I am having a heard time breathing.
Complex: Allo-derm derived from cadaver skin, is usually used in complex hernia repair, abdominal wall defects, recurrences, in massive infections etc. There is no simple answer, how soon will be recovery, as each case is different and complex, speak to your own surgeon who knows your case better than any one. ...Read more
"weeks": Recovery is a very broad term: till return to work? ...Activities? ...Pain-free? These times are dependent on the type of hernia and method of repair, rather than the mesh used. Depending on these factors, people may return to normal activities as soon as 2 weeks or as long as 6 weeks post operatively. Talk with your surgeon--they will be able to narrow this down for you. Good luck! ...Read more
Yes: Full activity, unless specifically restricted by your own surgeon, is expected as soon as the patient is capable of performing these exercises and cleared by the surgeon to do so. Typically, stomach crunches are allowed 4-6 weeks postop. Some more conservative surgeons prefer to wait 2-3 months, but typically, the healing process permits for strenuous activity as soon as 2 weeks. ...Read more
I had a hernia repair. This is my 18th day of recovery. My bandaid seems to be coming off. Is it ok if I replace the dressing?
Variable: Usually, it's uneventful, but it really depends on the individual. In general, I tell my patients they will have significant pain for the first 3 days and the pain will start improving after that. My patients take between 1 and 2 weeks off from work. ...Read more
Parastomal hernia: Recovery from hernia repair is variable based upon many factors such as hernia size, prior operative details, and type of surgery performed. If possible, the best treatment is to reverse the stoma and repair the hernia site. If the stoma is permanent, a mesh is often utilized. If possible, a laparoscopic repair offers many benefits over open repair. You need to discuss this with a surgeon. ...Read more
How long does it take to recovery for open ventral hernia repair surgery and is there a hospital stay?
Variable: Small open repairs such as those at the belly button are typically done without a stay in the hospital. Large abdominal wall reconstruction patients typically stay in the hospital about a week. If there are complications, all bets are off. Call your surgeon to find out about your case. ...Read more
General surgeon: See a general surgeon for a consult. Most inguinal hernia repairs are performed through a groin incision an use mesh. With enough training an experience, many surgeons perform the repairs laparoscopically. Th laparoscopic technique has less pain and recovery time than the open technique, but only when done by a surgeon with enough experience. Both don't require postop activity restrictions. ...Read more
What is the recovery for lapriscopic umbilical hernia repair. How long are you swollen from gas. Recovery restrictions?
Depends: Most surgeons agree that maximum strength of your repair reached in 6 weeks. Some surgeons allow laparoscopic repairs to lift normally right away, but limited data to support this. I say wait 6 weeks for heavy lifting otherwise no restrictions to reduce recurrence risk. If gas bloat caused by surgical induced CO2 it will be gone in 72 hours ...Read more
I am scheduled for an open incisional hernia repair. The CT revealed two hernias along my 9 inch midline incision. The report said one measures 4x6cm, and the other was described as wide mouth. How long should I expect for recovery?
Maybe: It is dependent on the type and location of the hernia, what type if mesh was used and the technique that was used to place it. It is also very dependent on what is meant by "not healing well". Stick with your surgeon, but if things don't seem to be progressing, feel free to get another opinion. ...Read more
Depends: One possibility is that your hernia came back immediately. (not good but rare). More commonly there is old blood or fluid (seroma) there that feels like a hernia but will eventually be reabsorbed and go away. Your surgeon should be able to tell you. And Ultrasound or CT scan can help if unsure. ...Read more
I just had inginial hernia repair with mesh about 5 days ago and its very painful when I cough is this normal?
Yes.: Unfortunately, hernia repair is typically associated with discomfort for "days-to-weeks", depending on the method of repair and size of the hernia. Follow your surgeons advice for pain control. If your pain is not well-controlled, your surgeon will want to hear from you. Rest assured, though: the pain tends to lessen with each passing day. ...Read more
I had a rather large hernia repair with mesh years ago and since then have developed a diastasis recti, will this cause me any problems?
Had hernia repair with mesh 4 months ago. Started gym a week ago and I got almost 0 pains in that area. Is it safe to try lifting heavier weights?
After about 3 months of hernia repair with mesh, my left testicle still hurts... is it normal? I'm worried. Some days I don't feel so much pain though
Yes, mild pain: It is normal to have mild pain, especially with strenuous activity, at the site of an umbilical hernia repair for a few weeks after surgery. Severe pain, or pain lasting longer, is unusual. If the pain is severe, and especially if there is a bulge in that area, you should see the surgeon promptly to make sure that the hernia has not recurred. ...Read more
Maybe: Some intermittent, mild discomfort is common, but more severe pain is not. Call your surgeon for a follow up exam. ...Read more
Subsequent to an umbilial hernia repair with mesh, how long until I can excercise my abs as my abdomen is larger than?
Exercising: After umbilical hernia repair depends on the method used ; should be discussed with your surgeon. There are many methods for repairing umbilical hernias. "tension free" repairs with mesh allow patients to resume physical activity rapidly. However, suture-only repairs may require a longer period of time to permit the repair to fully heal before aggressive exercising; esp. Ab work. See your surgeon. ...Read more
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