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What is the typical recovery time for surgery to repair an inguinal hernia? We have a 20 pound toddler!

What is the typical recovery time for surgery to repair an inguinal hernia? We have a 20 pound toddler!

24 hrs: In a toddler recovery will be rapid by next day, most of the time will have melting suture at the skin wound , no stitches to be taken off. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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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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How long is recovery and how soon I can drive after a groin / inguinal hernia operation?

How long is recovery and how soon I can drive after a groin / inguinal hernia operation?

A few days: It depends on how long you are taking narcotic pain medication. You should not drive for a couple days after you stop taking the narcotics. This can be as quick as a few days or as long as 2 weeks. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some tips to a safe and speedy recovery after the inguinal hernia open surgery?

Follow your surgeons: Instructions, it is a very low risk out patient procedure , in uncomplicated case you need very brief time to recover completely ...Read more

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I'm a 58 year old. Had open inguinal hernia mesh repair surgery. Job requires lifting 75-150 lbs. How long is recovery before going back to this job?

I'm a 58 year old. Had open inguinal hernia mesh repair surgery. Job requires lifting 75-150 lbs. How long is recovery before going back to this job?

If you want after 4w: Healing will be near complete after collagen tissue i is formed i that will take place 3 Wks , most of the people will go back to work in 4 to 6 wks. obvious other factors , your motivation , general health , non healing etc will limit early return to work . When you go back obvious you will not going to lift 150 lbs on first day , has to be progressive. ...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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For what length of time do post-traumatic hydroceles last after an inguinal hernia repair operation?

For what length of time do post-traumatic hydroceles last after an inguinal hernia repair operation?

Weeks to months: Usually a fluid collection in the scrotum after inguinal hernia repair is self limited, and should be gone by six months. It should definitely be near its final state by 12 months. If not, and its causing problems, it may need to be operated on. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how much time do post-traumatic hydroceles last after an inguinal hernia repair operation?

Can you tell me how much time  do post-traumatic hydroceles last after an inguinal hernia repair operation?

Varies. : Could last a few days to a few weeks. Supportive underwear and applying heat will sometimes speed the process up. ...Read more

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How long waiting time for inguinal hernia surgery?

How long waiting time for inguinal hernia surgery?

Variable: The timing of surgery depends on whether any pre operative evauation is necessary with other doctors, the urgency of the operation, & the surgeon's schedule. In the us, i believe that most surgeons can schedule a hernia operation within a few weeks after initial evaluation. ...Read more

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How much time will it take me to recover from inguinal hernia surgery?

How much time will it take me to recover from inguinal hernia surgery?

Up to 6 weeks: Depending on the type of repair, it can take between 1 and 6 weeks to recover. If you have a laparoscopic repair it can take between 1-2 weeks to recover, and if it is open, depending on the recommendations of your surgeon, it can take bewtween two and 6 weeks for full recovery ...Read more

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M28, had inguinal hernia surgery with prolene mesh, 45 days back. At that time my ESR was 2 and now it is 31, could this be from reaction to mesh.

Very unlikely: Prolene is polypropylene, very inert and non reactive. Elevated ESR to that level can be caused by any inflammatory condition. You should look to another source for this lab test abnormality. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Inguinal Hernia (Definition)

Inguinal hernia is an abdominal wall defect occuring in the inguinal region. They may occur directly through the abdominal wall or through the internal inguinal ring and inguinal canal. They may extend into the scrotum in males or ...Read more


Dr. David Earle
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Groin Hernia (Definition)

Groin hernia is a condition where abdominal organs (usually some intestine) bulge through a ...Read more