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

Dr. Jon Krook
Board Certified, General Surgery
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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. Adam Smith
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Dr. Joey Bluhm
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Is lower back pain common after inguinal hernia surgery? How long can that last?

Dr. Joey Bluhm
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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. Adam Smith
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Dr. Rafael Lugo
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How long does hernia surgery usually last?

Dr. Rafael Lugo
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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
Board Certified, General Surgery
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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.

Dr. David Earle
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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. Raymond Gagliardi
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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.

Dr. Raymond Gagliardi
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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.

Hernia surgery: We occasionally will use a "skin glue" to put the skin layer back together. The muscle underneath is sewn. The incision can look a little red, as you mentioned, but if this is increasing or you have drainage or increasing tenderness, these may be signs of an impending infection. At one week after surgery, the incision will not look very good, and will look absolutely fine in several weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Darryl Blinski
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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?

Dr. Robert Uyeda
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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?

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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?

Dr. Andrew Glantz
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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?

Dr. Gregg Nishi
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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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