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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Inguinal Hernia (Definition)

An inguinal hernia is a hernia that occurs in the inguinal region (groin). It passes out throughout the muscle in a canal near the spermatic ...Read more


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Inguinal hernia repair 9 weeks ago, lichtenstein with mesh. I had an edema which is bigger now, maybe hydrocele? I will need surgery or is going to cure?

Inguinal hernia repair 9 weeks ago, lichtenstein with mesh. I had an edema which is bigger now, maybe hydrocele? I will need surgery or is going to cure?

Post-op issues: If it is edema/swelling from the surgery, that may go away with medication and time and monitoring the area. If it is a hydrocele, it may need surgery, as... Simple hydroceles in children often go away without surgery, however, in adults, hydroceles usually do not go away on their own. If surgery is needed, it is an easy procedure with very good outcomes. ...Read more

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Inguinal hernia repair 9 weeks ago, with mesh. Postop. Edema bigger now, maybe hydrocele? Little pain still. Why? I will need surgery or is going to cure?

Inguinal hernia repair 9 weeks ago, with mesh. Postop. Edema bigger now, maybe hydrocele? Little pain still. Why? I will need surgery or is going to cure?

Probably wait out...: Local surgical dissection and postoperative tissue reaction for healing may interfere venous and lymphatic drainage, leading to swelling in inguinal and scrotal region. Such takes time to resolve with unpredicable various pace, but is worthwhile to wait and see as long as slow and surely getting better day by day, because nothing can be done except infection. More? Ask surgeon timely. ...Read more

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Is surgery the only treatment of inguinal hernia in a toddler? Is there any other option if it's not that bad?

Is surgery the only treatment of inguinal hernia in a toddler? Is there any other option if it's not that bad?

Not that bad ???: It may not be hurting him now but would you really want to face the risk. This means there is a defect in the tissues that keep his intestines in place in the abdomen. If a loop of intestines slip out and get trapped, the blood supply can be cut off and lead to dead bowel. Emergency surgery in the middle of the night is never a good idea. Once identified this should be fixed within 2 weeks or fewer ...Read more

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I have an inguinal hernia in my lower groin area. I don't have surgery until late July. What can I do to ease pain til surgery?

Ibuprofen/tylenol ..: BUT!!

Pain could be a sign you need surgery earlier, especially if you are having abdominal cramping or other signs of intestinal pathology. Pain that is mild and limited to the groin may be ok for a while. If worsening or if more abdominal see your surgeon for earlier surgery ...Read more

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After inguinal hernia surgery is it true that I won't get another hernia again?

After inguinal hernia surgery is it true that I won't get another hernia again?

Not true: While the surgeon tries his best rarely recurrent hernia can be a problem. Hope for the best and good luck! ...Read more

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May I know what are the surgeries carried out for inguinal hernia and does it assure that after the surgery we won't get hernia again?

Here goes: Inguinal hernias are repaired laparoscopically or using open techniques. Open can be done with sedation and local anesthesia, while general anesthesia is needed for laparoscopic repair. Recovery is shorter with lap vs open repair, and usually less uncomfortable. Both have a recurrence rate, but this should be low, about 1%. Mesh is used in both in most cases, but there's no perfect repair. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is inguinal hernia major or miner surgery?

It depends if: You are the patient or the surgeon. But seriously it depends on the size of hernia, its location, your pain tolerance, and all kinds of things. And major and minor are relative terms. I tell my patients that every operation is important and for me it is the most major thing that I am doing at the time. ...Read more

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I have been told by my gp that I have an inguinal hernia. How much is surgery?

I have been told by my gp that I have an inguinal hernia. How much is surgery?

Depends: It depends on your insurance, copay and a number of other factors. If you do not have insurance and are going to pay the whole fee it can be quite expensive. The price you get quoted will be quite different depending on surgeon, hospital etc... ...Read more

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Is there a safe way treat my groin pain before having surgery for my inguinal hernia?

If you have acute: Pain, you should lie down on your back with your leg crossed. If this doesn't help, you probably need emergency surgery. So, in general, it is better to have the surgery as soon as you start having pain. Consult with surgeon for specific recommendation. ...Read more

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My inguinal hernia has reopened only 6 months after surgery I had Kaiser but now PPO. What R my Options?

My inguinal hernia has reopened only 6 months after surgery I had Kaiser but now PPO. What R my Options?

Call: Your new insurance company to get a list of General Surgery providers to examine you, if your new insurance does not cover Kaiser. Otherwise, go back to Kaiser if your new insurance still works there. ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve inguinal hernia pain before my surgery next week? Will ice or paracetamol help?

What can I do to relieve inguinal hernia pain before my surgery next week? Will ice or paracetamol help?

Yes: Ice or acetaminophen (paracetamol to those of you across the Atlantic) will help. Avoid heavy lifting (more than 10 or 15 lbs), and if the hernia gets stuck out (we call this "incarcerated"), go to an ER as it may need to be emergently reduced. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have an indirect left inguinal hernia 11mm protrusion of extraperitoneal fat I am wearing a truss can I travel before my surgery in 2 weeks.

I have an indirect left inguinal hernia 11mm protrusion of extraperitoneal fat I am wearing a truss can I travel before my surgery in 2 weeks.

Have a nice trip : No problem at all to travel with this, provided you are not having significant pain at that location. This has probably been there for quite some time, and is currently at very low risk to get worse. You should primarily base your decision on your symptoms. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have an inguinal hernia & have severe groin pain & surgery in Jan. Should I go on a long-haul flight to a 3rd world country now or postpone?

Talk to the doctor: It depends on your recovery. If you still has problem with groin pain, you should go back to see your doctor before the trip. ...Read more

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If you have an inguinal hernia (11mm) and you perform surgery will it keep coming back for the rest of your life? Or will i be able to live normal life

Normal Life: After any hernia repair, it is always possible for another hernia to recur. There are many ways to fix a hernia, but none of them are 100%. You can always get back to a "normal" life after a hernia repair. You might need to be somewhat cautious about certain activities such as heavy lifting or other strenuous activities. See your surgeon to discuss this further. ...Read more

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Could inguinal hernia be treated without surgery?

Could inguinal hernia be treated without surgery?

No alternative: Surgery is your only answer. Sorry. It is a hole, can stay the same size or get bigger, will never disappear without surgery. ...Read more

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What risks are involved in inguinal hernia mesh removal surgery?

What risks are involved in inguinal hernia mesh removal surgery?

Hernia mesh: Removal can be associated with pain, bleeding, and recurrence of hernia. ...Read more

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What is Inguinal Hernia reducible type whether surgery is necessary....

What is Inguinal Hernia reducible type whether surgery is necessary....

Inguinal Hernia: A reducible inguinal hernia means that with pressure, it reduces or returns into the abdominal cavity. With standing, coughing, sneezing...it often returns to the outside and is visible and/or palpable again. One common point of view is that Inguinal hernias typically need surgery to prevent them from getting larger and more symptomatic. See a surgeon to see if yours needs surgery. ...Read more

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Is it normal for the groin area to grow back an inguinal hernia after you just had surgery?

Is it normal for the groin area to grow back an inguinal hernia after you just had surgery?

Most likely: Small amount of blood collected under skin, usually get absorbed and disappear in few wks, speak to your surgeon and go for POST OP follow up . ...Read more

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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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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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M28, had rt. Inguinal hernia open surgery with mesh 50 days back. Could I resume jogging now 15 min a day.

M28, had rt. Inguinal hernia open surgery with mesh 50 days back. Could I resume jogging now 15 min a day.

Should be ok: I tell all of my patients to resume their normal activity as tolerated by pain. I see no problem with returning to jogging after nearly 2 months postoperatively. You may want to check with your surgeon for your specific case to be sure. ...Read more

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I had surgery for my inguinal hernia on april 30th 2015 and was wondering when will i be able to exercise in terms of lifting weights and cardio?

Depend on how?: Depend on how your hernia was repaired
first with screen or without screen
second it was done open or laproscopic surgery
third was it a recurrent hernia or a first time hernia
fourth what kind of inguinal hernia, direct,indirect, femoral.
Without knowing details I will say you need 2-3 month before you start any physical fitness.
The final word is from your surgeons they will tell you when and how. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

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Dr. David Earle
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Groin Hernia (Definition)

A condition where abdominal organs (usually some intestine) bulge through a ...Read more