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How long does a hernia take to heal?

How long does a hernia take to heal?

It depends.: Not all hernia surgeries are alike: where was the hernia? Was mesh used for the repair? Was the operation performed via minimally invasive surgery? What is the health of the patient? What are you defining as 'healing': return to work? Pain-free? Sports? Because of all these factors, the answer could be "weeks-to-months". This question is best answered by the hernia surgeon who did the case. ...Read more

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Hernia (Definition)

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Please tell me how long it takes for to heal after a hernia is removed?

Please tell me how long it takes for to heal after a hernia is removed?

Depends: Technically, hernias are repaired, not removed. Depending on the size of the hernia, the location, and the type of repair performed, use of mesh, etc., healing takes anywhere from 2-6 weeks, generally. ...Read more

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I have a minimul umbilical hernia. Will I need surgery to heal and if so how long does it take to heal after surgery?

I have a minimul umbilical hernia. Will I need surgery to heal and if so how long does it take to heal after surgery?

Yes: Yes, the only way to heal an umbilical hernia is by fixing it with surgery. Typically patients have discomfort for 1-2 weeks after surgery. You should not lift anything over 10 lbs. For 6 weeks to prevent recurrence and to help with wound healing. ...Read more

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I just had an umbilical hernia repair. How long does it take to heal and what can I do about the bloatedness?

I just had an umbilical hernia repair. How long does it take to heal and what can I do about the bloatedness?

Full healing 4-6 wks: You should be feeling better in 1 week, but, you'll need 4-6 weeks for full strength in the wound to develop. If you resume activity or strain too soon, you may pop apart the wound and have another hernia develop. ...Read more

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How long will it take to recover from a hernia operation?

How long will it take to recover from a hernia operation?

Depends: The recovery period is dependent on several factors: size of hernia, is the hernia simple or complex, repair technique (laparoscopic vs open), and overall health and condition of the patient. In general, it could range from 2-6 weeks. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a hernia operation take to recover from?

Depends: Not all hernias are the same. In general, outpatient operations for groin or belly button hernias take 1-2 weeks to recover if there are no complications. Complex hernia repairs can take several weeks to months for a full recovery. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How long does it take for hiatal hernias to become serious? Do any particular symptoms show when this happens?

How long does it take for hiatal hernias to become serious? Do any particular symptoms show when this happens?

Hiatal hernia: Hiatal hernias do not go away with time. They either stay the same in size or get larger. You only need surgery if you have gerd/ heartburn that isn't controlled with medication. Also, if you have barrett's esophagus, that is an indication for surgery as well since that is a precancerous condition. ...Read more

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How long does it take for your body to get used to a mesh. I had a hernia op 2 mnth ago and am still having a lot of pain?

How long does it take for your body to get used to a mesh. I had a hernia op 2 mnth ago and am still having a lot of pain?

Variable: You are most likely having pain secondary to the operation itself, with all the tissue manipulation, trauma, sutures and mesh. While significant pain should be subsided (or at least it should be soon), you may have the sensation of something in the abdominal wall, and occasional minor pain for years, but none of this will likely limit your activities. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How long does a double hernia laperscopic surgery usually take?

How long does a double hernia laperscopic surgery usually take?

Variable: Primary bilateral laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair requires about 15 to 30 min to complete per side depending on surgeon experience, the exact type of hernia (direct vs. Indirect), patient body habitus and other factors. If one or more of the hernias is recurrent, that can up to double the time. ...Read more

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How long will it take for an untreated strangulated hernia to kill a person?

How long will it take for an untreated strangulated hernia to kill a person?

Depends: Strangulated is different than incarcerated. Incarcerated just means trapped. Strangulated means the trap is so tight it cut off blood supply and the tissue dies. If the tissue is fat, you may have pain etc, but survive for quite a while. If the tissue is intestine you will start vomiting, soon become septic and in a worst case could die within 24 hours if not treated. ...Read more

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After indoscopy I had a very small haital hernia. I am on omeparzole is it ok to take it for a long time? Still in the morning I feel upper abdom. Pain

After indoscopy I had a very small haital hernia. I am on omeparzole is it ok to take it for a long time? Still in the morning I feel upper abdom. Pain

Ppi's safe in short: Recent studies are showing some concerns about long term ppi use. They tend to inhibit calcium and magnesium absorption. They may increase risk of certain GI tract infections and some studies are worrisome for cardiac risks. Current recommendation is not to stay on them for over a yr. May try zantac (ranitidine) or Pepcid and take Omeprazole only for severe gerd. Ask your doctor about alternatives and options. ...Read more

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How long would it take to recover from a femoral hernia as a man?

How long would it take to recover from a femoral hernia as a man?

1-4 weeks: The wide range of recovery time is due to individual variability and technique for repair. In general, a laparoscopic repair has 1-2 weeks less recover than an open repair. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from hernia surgery?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from hernia surgery?

Depends: Depends on the type of hernia and the extent of the surgery, but if you're talking about abdominal wall hernias, then most surgeons would recommend holding off on any heavy lifting for at least 6 to 8 weeks afterwards. This is about the time it takes for the abdominal wall to fully heal after hernia surgery and be at its strongest. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from a hernia surgery?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from a hernia surgery?

Depends...: ...On where your hernia was and why it had to be repaired. Did you cause the hernia to exist or did you just cause it to open? How did it happen? A hernia that your body already had that simply opened is a much faster fix than a hernia caused by trauma. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for symptoms of a hernia to show up after the muscles are strained?

How long is it supposed to it take for symptoms of a hernia to show up after the muscles are strained?

Not related: Muscle strain does not cause a hernia to form. Muscle strains resolve with local heat, rest and anti-inflammatory medication (ibuprofen). Hernias are a weakness through the abdominal wall, do not heal on their own, and are not related to a strain injury. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel the hernia is still there are mesh repair. How long should scar tissue take to close defect?

Is it normal to feel the hernia is still there are mesh repair. How long should scar tissue take to close defect?

NO: It is not normal ' to feel the hernia ' after surgery, immediate post op fluid (seroma) collection may feel like hernia, see your doctor to make sure your no recurrence. ...Read more

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My family dr. Said I have a hernia and"cystocele with prolapse". I am a 51 year old female. What needs to be done? What type of dr do I need to see, and what needs to be done. How many surgeries will it take to fix the problem? How long would my recovery

My family dr. Said I have a hernia and"cystocele with prolapse". I am a 51 year old female. What needs to be done? What type of dr do I need to see, and what needs to be done. How many surgeries will it take to fix the problem? How long would my recovery

You: You should be evaluated by a urogynecologic surgeon who has experience with repairing these type of hernias which can be quite complicated. If you are over weight, then losing weight is perhaps the most important thing that you can do. In addition, avoid constipation and straining when you urinate. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a diabetic to recover from hernia surgery?

How long does it take for a diabetic to recover from hernia surgery?

Depends: There are many types of hernias, and each type is variable in terms of its severity. Some patients and some doctors group all hernias in to a category of a "simple" problem requiring "minor" surgery. Hernia repairs vary in complexity from 30 minute outpatient procedures to 8 hour complex abdominal wall reconstructions. Recovery therefore depends on what type and how severe. ...Read more

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How long does a surgical repair of a hernia & anal rectal prolapse take?

How long does a surgical repair of a hernia & anal rectal prolapse take?

Variable: Depends on the type and severity of the hernia. These vary widely in terms of complexity, thus an accurate answer is not possible with limited info. Call your surgeon o find out. You may need two surgeons with different areas of expertise - one for the hernia and one for the rectal prolapse. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How long will my husbands laparoscopic double hernia surgery take? Approx.

How long will my husbands laparoscopic double hernia surgery take? Approx.

About an hour: On average a double hernia should take about an hour. However, many things could prolong that time and the person who will know best is your husband's surgeon. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wear the support underwear after hernia surgery? And is it ok I take it off for a day?

Unique question: This is not a normal situation for those of us who work in american medicine. Most hernia surgeries are done laparoscopically and there is little to no post operative pain or problems. I would bet, however, that your surgeon gave you post op instructions that should answer your question. If they did not this is a question to direct to your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from umbilical hernia repair?

About 2-4 weeks: It depends. Recovery is longer for larger hernias (more than about 4 cm).

You can eat normal foods, walk, and climb stairs right after surgery.

Depending on the hernia size, the surgeon will probably recommend not lifting more than 15 lbs for 2 weeks, and no heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for 4-6 weeks.

Pain usually improves by about 1 week after surgery. ...Read more

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How long would it take me to recover if I have a ventral hernia surgery?

Varies: Usually back to light work in a week and 4-6 weeks before doing heavy physical activities or heavy exersise. ...Read more

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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?

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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Had a lrg seroma after dbl hernia surgery, got smaller after 5 weeks, should it be gone after 6mths or do they take longer as in still their but smal?

Had a lrg seroma after dbl hernia surgery, got smaller after 5 weeks, should it be gone after 6mths or do they take longer as in still their but smal?

Show it to: Your surgeon, but if it is getting smaller, opinion would probably be to leave it alone. Sometimes it takes up to one year for scar to mature. ...Read more

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How long does it take for swelling in scrotum after hernia operation to go down?

How long does it take for swelling in scrotum after hernia operation to go down?

Days to weeks: Depends on whether or not the hernia extended into the scrotum, but typically this would resolve on its own in days to weeks. For large hernias it may be weeks to months. ...Read more