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Dr. Jon Krook
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After umbilical hernia surgery, how long should I expect the pain to last?

After umbilical hernia surgery, how long should I expect the pain to last?

Depends: Severe pain should be gone by 72 hours. By a week or two you should be able to do most activities with little pain. Discuss with your surgeon how long they would like you to limit how much you lift. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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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


Dr. Joey Bluhm
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Is lower back pain common after inguinal hernia surgery? How long can that last?

Is lower back pain common after inguinal hernia surgery? How long can that last?

Unusual: I haven't had many patients complain of back pain after inguinal hernia surgery. It may have been due to the positioning during surgery. Some clinics will do hernia surgery under an epidural anethesia and this can cause back pain. See your surgeon and discuss your pain with him. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Dr. Rafael Lugo
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How long does hernia surgery usually last?

How long does hernia surgery usually last?

Depends: It depends on the hernia and experience of the surgeon. Most hernias are repaired in 30 minutes or less. Most hernias mean uncomplicated and not recurrent or extremely large. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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I had open inguinal hernia surgery a few days ago, i noticed a lot of swelling at and around the incision, is this normal, what causes this, how long should it last and what could I do to reduce it.

Probably normal: If the repair was done with an open technique, there is usually swelling and a firmness felt under the length of the incision. Ice and antiinflammatory medication can help. If it is really large, call your surgeon to check it out - could be bleeding under the skin we call a hematoma. Hope you recover quickly! ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Stevens
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Last week i had open inguinal hernia surgery and had my incision glued together. How should the incision look by now. Mine looks red like dried blood on it, is this normal and how long is healing.

Last week i had open inguinal hernia surgery and had my incision glued together. How should the incision look by now. Mine looks red like dried blood on it, is this normal and how long is healing.

Can be normal: The repair of the hernia may have been repaired with a mesh to relieve the tension. The skin sounds like it was closed with a stitch that is absorbable. The glue on top of the skin may have a small amount of blood and can be normal. If you have redness outside incision, excessive pain, fever, or drainage call your surgeon's office for a visit. Healing 1+ month. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
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5 weeks after inguinal hernia surgery now for last 3 days area suddenly feels stiff with occasional pain and heaviness like a brick. Is it normal?

I don't think: this is normal, but I can't imagine anything going on 5 weeks post op. Show it to your surgeon. Maybe mesh reaction, if you had one placed. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Generally, how long should I wait after my hernia surgery before exercising?

Days to weeks: The recovery time varies with the size and location of the hernia and the method of repair. The most common hernia operation i perform is via the laparoscopic approach. I encourage my patients to return to their baseline aerobic activities as soon as possible, typically within 7-10 days. In general, i advise against heavy lifting for 3 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Glantz
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After my hernia surgery, how long should I stay out of work?

Returning to work: After hernia surgery, it is normally safe to return to work after just a week or so. This assumes that your job does not involve any heavy lifting and that there is a "light duty" position available. If no such position is available, then being out of work for 5-6 weeks is advised. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Nishi
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How long would i be off after hernia surgery?

How long would i be off after hernia surgery?

Hernia: That depends on what kind of hernia, how big it is, and what you do for work. If you have a desk job and had an uncomplicated hernia repair, you could be back to work in a week. In general, you shouldn't do anything strenuous (the gym, heavy lifting) for 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Singh
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Fluid is coming after umbalical hernia surgery why? How long? Thanks

Seroma: The likely cause of fluid leak from a wound, particularly if you have a large amount of abdominal wall is a seroma. The fluid is the result of trauma to the fat and tissues of the abdominal wall and can drain for days. If mesh was used in the repair, the drainage can be more concerning or if there is redness around the wound, the drainage can represent infection. Not dangerous but notify surgeon. ...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


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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