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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?

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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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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Pain after open inguinal hernia surgery?

Pain after open inguinal hernia surgery?

Post-op pain common: Talk to your surgeon! tell him/her what's going on. You're the best judge of how much pain you can tolerate but let your surgeon know. S/he should have warned you about post-op pain as well as potential complications. Check back in w/your surgeon to be sure your pain isn't due to bleeding, infection or repair gone bad. ...Read more

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Should i undergo inguinal hernia surgery?

Should i undergo inguinal hernia surgery?

Probably: If you have a hernia that is enlarging or causing sone pressure or discomfort symptons, then yes have hernia surgery. Risks depend on your overall health ; surgical risks. A hernia will not resolve without surgery ; you can watch a small hernia if your doctor says it is alright to observe it. ...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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I would like information regarding inguinal hernia surgery.?

Info: Inguinal hernia repair can be performed laparoscopically or opr. Lap has less pain and shorter recovery, but only when done by a surgeon with substantial training and experience some say 250 cases, but the number is highly variable, and surgeon dependent. Best approach is the one the surgeon does best. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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After inguinal hernia surgery is the pain worse the next day?

Incisional pain: You are experiencing incisional pain which can last a few days after surgery. It should settle down in a few days as will the swelling that is expected after surgery. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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When can I safely travel after an open inguinal hernia surgery?

When can I safely travel after an open inguinal hernia surgery?

Depends: ask the surgeon. Some repairs are more tenuous than others. And the surgeon will suggest. Usually 2 weeks would suffice. Once pain medicines stopped. ...Read more

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Could I get some information regarding inguinal hernia surgery.?

Could I get some information regarding inguinal hernia surgery.?

Opinions: Have more than 1 doctor examine you. If surgery necessary check their record of surgery, (#'s and results.) Do have it if indicated because of danger of bowel getting stuck in muscle defect and turning gangrenous, "incarcerated hernia." Hope this is helpful. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: inguinal hernia surgery?

Surgery: Inguinal or groin hernias are very common. They can be repaired with an incision over the groin, or with laparoscopic syrgery. The surgery is performed with some form of anesthesia. Mesh is a soft woven material often used in hernia surgery to help prevent the hernia from returning in the future. Usually it is an outpatient procedure with a 4-6 recovery before doing heavy work or exercises. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel pain from inguinal hernia surgery after 1 year?

No: You need to contact the surgeon who did the surgery to find out why. Most pain should have subsided by 6 weeks post-op. ...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


Dr. David Earle
188 doctors shared insights

Inguinal Hernia Surgery (Definition)

Inguinal or groin hernias are very common. They can be repaired with an incision over the groin, or with laparoscopic syrgery. The surgery is performed with some form of anesthesia. Mesh is a soft woven material often used in hernia surgery to help prevent the hernia from returning in the future. Usually it is an outpatient procedure with a 4-6 recovery before doing ...Read more