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Incision For Inguinal Hernia Repair
What is the cause of the numbness below the incision after inguinal hernia repair? When should sensation return to this area?
Cut skin nerves: Numbness below the skin incision after inguinal hernia repair is normal because the small skin nerves are cut when the incision is made. Most of the preoperative sensation should return over 6-12 months after the original surgery, however, it may never return to the preoperative level. ...Read more
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
I had an open right inguinal hernia repair 4 wks ago. I've noticed that I havedeveloped what feel like 3 hard works radiating away from incision.
Surgeon: These could be retained stitches, mesh or simply scars. The operating SURGEON is best qualified to evaluate and advise you. ...Read more
I had bilateral inguinal hernia repair March 9 this year. Female. Open incision on both sides. Numb from incision to thighs. Extremely swelling in?
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I had left side inguinal hernia repair (incision/mesh) 9 weeks ago. Numbness in groin is fading, but I now have burning in testicle/incision area. Why?
Go for follow up: With your surgeon, will check you, as part of healing process, in couple of wks you will be fine. ...Read more
10d since my open inguinal hernia repair. A painless, hard lump, like a thick cord has appeared in my scrotum (side of incision). What could it be?
Inguinal hernia repair w/ PHS mesh in 2008. Since then, a hard lump has formed under the incision scar, and it's painful in 2015. Lipoma? Thoughts?
Pulled heavy weight resulting in slight right side bulge in scrotum. Ultrasound shows no signs of hernia. Had inguinal hernia repair 30 years ago. Feel slight pain below incision scar after exercise. The bulge reduces at times but mostly stays. Do I need
YourSurgeonKnowsBest: Pain following hernia surgery is common & expected, varying quite a bit depending on the type of hernia & method of repair. Within days-to-weeks, the pain dissipates quite a bit. If possible, it is often best to take anti-inflammatories rather than narcotics to rx the pain. I advise you to contact your surgeon for specific recommendations. ...Read more
Many types: There are two main categories of repair - open and laparoscopic. Both are generally done as outpatient operations. The variety of open techniques are performed by about 80% is surgeons, and lap about 20%. Open techniques are slightly more painful and associated with a slightly longer recovery. ...Read more
Yes: After any surgery, a ridge develops where the incision is. This is called the proud or healing ridge and slowly disappears over a four month period. In a some patients it is quite pronounced and causes concern. If you have any question about your wound, you need to see your surgeon. ...Read more
Moderate: It depends on the type of repair that you have. In general, open (large incision) hernia repair has more pain and disability than a laparoscopic (small incision) hernia repair, but it depends a lot on you and your pain tolerance. Your surgeon's techniques also play a role. Most people require moderate narcotics after surgery to control their pain. ...Read more
No need: Usually, there are only small tapes over the incisions that come off on their own within a week or two. As long as the wound is dry, no need for a bandage. If you're still unsure, call your surgeon. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Incorporates: The mesh used for inguinal hernias has been safe for most patients with several decades of experience. They remain inert but is intimately attached to the body with scar tissue. Very occasionally they can irritate the surrounding tissues or cause pain when too much scar tissue is incited. Theorized potential for increased infection has not been seen. It is safe. ...Read more
It may not be...: Inguinal hernia repair is technically challenging, open or laparoscopic. The laparoscopic repair is relatively new and not all surgeons are comfortable performing repair this way. Statistically, the failure rate of open hernia repair is between 1-5% depending on sugeon expertise. Conversely, laparoscopic failure is much higher up to 10% and more depending on experience. More experience=less failur. ...Read more
"Double" Hernias, etc: Controversy exists amongst hernia surgeons which approach is best. In my experience, people return to normal activities faster via laparoscopy. This is most pronounced with bilateral ("double") hernias. Also, people with recurrent hernias originally repaired open benefit greatly from the laparoscopic approach. ...Read more
It depends on....: ...The size of the hernia and it's potential for bowel to get "incarcerated" within the sac. If the hernia is small and easily reducible, there should be no problem waiting a few months. The best judge of this would be the surgeon who saw you--i am certain they would have an opinion. Good luck! ...Read more
I had right inguinal hernia repair three years ago. Is there any chance of recurrence. What activities should I avoid.
Extremely painful fluid build up under skin after open mesh inguinal hernia repair. How common is this, and how long does it usually last?
Had an inguinal hernia repair about 10 days ago, less pain but above the cut have a hard swelling, it is normal, will the swelling subside.
Yes it will: In couple of wks every thing will be normal once healing process is complete. Make sure to go back to your surgeon for a post OP follow up visit. ...Read more
I had surgery for a inguinal hernia repair about 5 1/2 years ago. I'm starting to have the same symptoms as the first one, can it happen twice?
My middle aged husband has suffered severe ED since his inguinal hernia repair with mesh about 6 years ago. He had absolutely no symptoms of ED prior.
Closing the hole: An inguinal hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall in one or more of three locations in the groin. When the hole permits transit of intra-abdominal contents, and requires repair, most techniques occlude the hole with some type of mesh using either the most common open, or less common laparoscopic technique. ...Read more