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How long does it take to wake up after sedation with propofol for hernia surgery?

How long does it take to wake up after sedation with propofol for hernia surgery?

Very quickly: Propofol is a short acting medication. It should wear off very quickly once the infusion pump is off. However, driving or operating dangerous equipment should be avoided for a minimum of 8-10 hours. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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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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How long does it take to recover from inguinal hernia surgery? I’m having surgery to repair an inguinal hernia. What is the recovery like? How long before i can lift and carry things again?

There : There are several different ways to repair an inguinal hernia. A traditional repair involves an incision over the area of the hernia and the placement of a plastic mesh material to plug or cover the defect. Alternatively, your surgeon may perform a laparoscopic hernia repair which involves making a few incisions near your navel and placing mesh in front of the hernia. Generally, the recovery from a laparoscopic hernia repair is shorter and involves less pain. One can usually return to regular activities within a few days to a week. Traditional hernia repairs usually require a longer recovery (3-5 weeks) but can be performed under local anesthetic meaning the patient does not have to have a full general anesthetic. This is beneficial for some patients who may not tolerate general anesthesia. You should speak with your surgeon about all your options as every patient has unique conditions which may influence how the surgeon may recommend proceeding. ...Read more

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I developed a seroma five months after lap. Ventral hernia surgery, how long can it take for the seroma to go away on its own?

I developed a seroma five months after lap. Ventral hernia surgery, how long can it take for the seroma to go away on its own?

Months: It usually takes at least a few months for a seroma to resolve. Using an abdominal binder to place pressure on the abdomen will help the seroma to resolve quicker. ...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 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 would it take me to recover if I have a ventral hernia surgery?

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 will it take an to recover from inguinal hernia surgery and start running again?

How long will it take an to recover from inguinal hernia surgery and start running again?

Weeks: Return to exercise after hernia repair is dependent on the health of the patient, method of hernia repair, and extent of surgery. Following laparoscopic hernia repair, my patients are instructed to begin aerobic exercise whenever they feel well enough. Many will be fast-walking on a treadmill or elliptical within a week, running outdoors in 2-3 weeks, and back to pre-surgical fitness in 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take for scrotum penis swelling to subside after hernia surgery?

Varies: But generally swelling & mild bruising can take a few days to a week or more to redolve. Can depend on medications you may be taking, size of hernia, type of surgical repair, etc. Contact your surgeon to answer your questions or concerns. ...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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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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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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