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Doctor insights on: Herniorrhaphy Recovery

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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


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Can you die during a herniorrhaphy?

Very, Very rare: Death during herniorraphy is extremely rare, particularly groin hernia repair in which the chances of death are probably less than one in 10, 000. Even the most simple of surgeries do carry rare life-threatening risks including the blood clots that can travel to the lungs or an unexpected reaction to anesthesia medicines. More complex hernias like big incisonal hernias have higher risks. ...Read more

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Can you be awake during a herniorrhaphy?

Yes: But please put me to sleep! it can be done with spinal block also, where you are awake. ...Read more

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Is pain normal after having herniorrhaphy?

Yes: Hernia repair involves the reapposition of separatewd connective tissue usually surrounding the abdomen. For several days the area of reapproximation will respond to any activity with more than noticeable pain. This will rapidly disappear as the tissues heal but there is good anti-pain medicine for the period of time before healing takes place. ...Read more

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What is the difference between herniorrhaphy and herniotomy?

Semantics: While herniorrhaphy refers to hernia repair and herniotomy refers to opening the hernia (sac or defect), the terms are sometimes uses incorrectly and interchangeably. ...Read more

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Could you die during a herniorrhaphy (inguinal)?

Could you die during a herniorrhaphy (inguinal)?

HERNIA surgery risks: There are risks with any surgery. However inguinal hernia surgery, the most common surgical procedure worldwide, is generally quite safe and well tolerated. An acceptable risk of mortality is < 1% for elective repair. This is higher in cases of emergency surgery for strangulation /incarceration. Careful patient selection and preoperative preparation by an experienced hernia surgeon minimizes risk. ...Read more

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Please give me some ideas where to find photos about herniorrhaphy?

Check U-tube: Hernia repair, also called herniorrhaphy can be entered into your web search engine. You will be surprised how many photos and videos are "out there". Web md is a great site. ...Read more

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I have this bulge about 4in wide, 5in below my navel. Is this a normal area to accumulate fat? Wondering if it's from a herniorrhaphy in my LLQ in'11

Bulge in belly: It is possible this is a hernia. If if is painful, or associated with bowel changes, growing, unable to push it back in or fever you should seek medical attention immediately. As long as not issues as above, people can live long and healthy lives(more cosmetic). Given your previous surgery, likely sutures and scar tissue has weakened in the area causing this. It can be repaired. See ur doc. ...Read more

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How long for recovery of hernia repair using mesh?

How long for recovery of hernia repair using mesh?

Not long: Recovery from uncomplicated inguinal hernia will be very brief , in less than 4 to 6 wks , that is the minimum time that nature needs to lay down the collagen fibers to complete the healing process , in mesh repair which is tension free , can be active much earlier ...Read more

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How long is the recovery time for laproscopic hernia repair?

1-2 weeks: While it varies, return to work is often 1 week, even for moderately active jobs. ...Read more

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Can I return to doing activities lkke crunches after recovery from inginiul hernia repair?

Can I return to doing activities lkke crunches after recovery from inginiul hernia repair?

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

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I had a hernia repair. It's been 23 days of recovery. I still feel weird walking. I feel weird in that area. Is this normal?

Yes, definitely: Its very common to have symptoms, and for the area to feel 'weird', for weeks and months after a hernia repair. Symptoms to worry about include pain, redness of the skin, drainage, or increasing swelling or bulging of the area. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Probably: Needs no bandage or covering this late after surgery. Keep the area dry ; ask your surgeon for their directions for your incision care. ...Read more

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What is the hernia repair w/alloderm recovery period?

What is the hernia repair w/alloderm recovery period?

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

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What's recovery time for an umbilical hernia repair .?

What's recovery time for an umbilical  hernia repair .?

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

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What is the recovery period for hernia repair w/alloderm?

What is the recovery period for hernia repair w/alloderm?

"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

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How fast is recovery from open surgery for parastomal hernia repair?

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