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Is it dangerous for me to have an epidural during my hernia surgery?

Is it dangerous for me to have an epidural during my hernia surgery?

Not worse than GA: Epidural can be placed for post-op pain control if big sx, good if sensitive to opioids, or used as primary anesthetic during. Risks of placement: headache from puncture into spinal fluid 1-3%, or nerve damage-rare. Other risks similar to ga, lower bp, short of breath. If you have bad lung disease or difficult airway, may be preferable. For large cancer sx, may reduce bleeding, pain, recurrence. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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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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My father had a hernia surgery they gave him an epidural now three days after his surgery area doesn't hurt really. It's his lower back when he lays?

My father had a hernia surgery they gave him an epidural now three days after his surgery area doesn't hurt really. It's his lower back when he lays?

Other symptoms: How bad is the back pain? Some soreness at site of epidural normal for several days to a week. If pain 5/10 or higher, or if he also has headache, suspect spinal fluid leak at site of epidural and needs to see doctor. ...Read more

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I was told today by my surgeon that I have a weakend spot in my abdomen wall where he was unable to bridge the mesh during my hernia surgery in july. Will a hernia form at the weakend spot?

I was told today by my surgeon that I have a weakend spot in my abdomen wall where he was unable to bridge the mesh during my hernia surgery in july. Will a hernia form at the weakend spot?

Sounds like: The surgeon was worried enough about that possibility to inform you that mesh could not correct the entire defect at the time of your repair. ...Read more

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Why might my dad have an abnormal EKG during hernia surgery?

Why might my dad have an abnormal EKG during hernia surgery?

Abnormal EKG: There are several types of abnormalities could be found
With the history given it could be blood pressure related changes to the heart is possible.
Underlying occult heart dz is also possible.
EKG done preoperative mainly to screen for occult problems.
Sometimes we do see nonspecific changes, with no significant heart problem. It is a good tool, but can not depend on it alone for diagnosis always ...Read more

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Would I have to be nude during hernia surgery?

Would I have to be nude during hernia surgery?

Usually: The abdomen and site of the hernia have to be exposed to fix the hernia. The breasts and genital organs can usually remain covered. Feel free to discuss this with your surgeon, anethesiologist, and nurses so that you can feel comfortable knowing that they will protect your dignity to the fullest extent. ...Read more

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Diastasis recti and hernia surgery - can it be fixed during one surgery?

Diastasis recti and hernia surgery - can it be fixed during one surgery?

Fix the hernia only: Diastasis recti is a thinning of the midline fascia between the "six pack" muscles, which results in a bulge developing in the upper abdomen with contraction of the abdomen. It is not a hernia, is not pathological, and, in my opinion, does not need to be "fixed." unfortunately, you can't exercise this away. Just maintain a healthy weight. Go ahead and get your hernia repaired. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hello, I have done hernia surgery 3 weeks ago and during that period I had no pain but last night its pained lot and still same. I want to know why?

Unknown: It is common to have a variety of aches and pains after an operation that come and go. These are likely due to the operation itself, wound healing, position on the operating table, and activity thy may compensate for the operative site, using alternative muscles and changing posture. Sounds normal, but check with your surgeon to be sure. ...Read more

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Will I be nude during inguinal hernia surgery? Please provide details. Thank you!!!

Will I be nude during inguinal hernia surgery? Please provide details. Thank you!!!

Not completely: During inguinal hernia repair, you will have to be nude from your nipples to your knees. The surgeon needs to have full access to the whole area.

Be assured, however, that you will not be made to walk in nude or exposed to any more people than is absolutely necessary. Doctors, nurses, and surgical technologists in the operating room see people partially naked all the time. They are discreet. ...Read more

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I had an inguinal hernia surgery (open repair) in 2010.I want to know if nerves are trapped during hernia surgery how this problem can be resolved?

I had an inguinal hernia surgery (open repair) in 2010.I want to know if nerves are trapped during hernia surgery how this problem can be resolved?

Ilioinguinal nerve: It is possible that a nerve in the area (ilioinguinal) is giving you trouble. Other nerves may be involved. Other options include hernia recurrence (sometimes can't feel on outside) or routine strain injuries to name a few. A surgeon can inject anesthetic at a certain area where the ilioinguinal nerve runs (near ASIS) to see if it is an issue. If it is, part of nerve may be removed to help. ...Read more

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Is a person nude during inguinal hernia surgery? Are the male genitals draped?

Is a person nude during inguinal hernia surgery? Are the male genitals draped?

Hospital gown: Hospital gowns are used, and depending on he technique of repair and surgeon preference, the genitals are covered by drapes, or prepped in the surgical field. Hope his helps! ...Read more

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Is it ok to walk as much as tolerable during first 2 weeks and then during 8 weeks after inguinal hernia surgery or are there any risks with walking too much during theses periods respectively?

Is it ok to walk as much as tolerable during first 2 weeks and then during 8 weeks after inguinal hernia surgery or are there any risks with walking too much during theses periods respectively?

Surgery: You may want to speak with your surgeon regarding the activity. Usually it all depends on the surgery and post op complications on how much activity you can tolerate. Besides no heavy lifting post op I am not sure if there's any other contraindications. But speak with your doctor first. ...Read more

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I need to have inguinal hernia surgery, I am 5-7, 225 lb. Would it be advisable to have some belly fat removed during the surgey?

No: The best way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more. Further, even for open inguinal hernia repair, the incision size is small compared to that of a panniculectomy. It depends of course how important the two issues are for you as an individual. ...Read more

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I need to have inguinal hernia surgery, I am 5-7, 225 lb. Would it be advisable to have some belly fat removed during the surgery?

I need to have inguinal hernia surgery, I am 5-7, 225 lb. Would it be advisable to have some belly fat removed during the surgery?

Not at all: It would be advisable to try to lose general weight in order to have a smaller chance of the hernia conf back. Doing a tummy tuck or liposuction is not a smart move and may increase risk of infection. Most hernias are repaired using mesh and if you had an infection due to fat removal, your mesh can also get infected and may need to be removed. ...Read more

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Having surgery in 2 days, 5"9 205 pounds. Am I at risk for clots? Hiatal hernia surgery with linx device. How common are blood clots during surgery?

Having surgery in 2 days, 5"9 205 pounds. Am I at risk for clots? Hiatal hernia surgery with linx device. How common are blood clots during surgery?

Potential clots: In view of your weight and size, you are at risk for blood clots. However, measures are generally done to try and decrease the chances for clots to happen during your operation.

Remember, after your operation, don't stay in bed a lot. Get up, walk, and use the sequential compression devices on your legs. By doing this, you can improve your chances of not developing clots. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me if during inguinal hernia surgery the patient is nude during preop or surgery? Are the male genitals draped?

Can you please tell me if during inguinal hernia surgery the patient is nude during preop or surgery? Are the male genitals draped?

Hospital gown: Hospital gowns are used, and depending on he technique of repair and surgeon preference, the genitals are covered by drapes, or prepped in the surgical field. Hope his helps! ...Read more

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I want to know during an inguinal hernia surgery (open repair with mesh) what does a doctor do to hernia sac and spermatic cord?

I want to know during an inguinal hernia surgery (open repair with mesh) what does a doctor do to hernia sac and spermatic cord?

Hernia sac: Is either ligated high and excised, or left open or imbricated if it is small. Spermatic cord is always preserved. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about hernia surgery?

Repairs weakness: There are several types of hernia surgery, the most common is inguinal and is best handled as an outpatient with local anesthesia. Here small intestine slides out of the groin or inguinal canal and this opening is closed preventing bowel from sliding out.
A ventral hernia is a weakness in the belly wall and usually requires some type of mesh to give the belly wall strength. ...Read more

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After hernia surgery, is hardness normal?

After hernia surgery, is hardness normal?

Seroma: That hard lump could just be a benign fluid collection. Just to be on the safe side see your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery for hernia surgery?

How long is the recovery for hernia surgery?

Depends: Not all hernias are the same. The most common hernia operation is an inguinal hernia repair which typically has a 1-3 week recovery period for a laparoscopic repair and a 2-4 week recovery for an open repair. ...Read more

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After hernia surgery what are the chances of the mesh tearing?

Mesh tear: Unlikely, more likely to move out of position or have a securing stitch brake or scar tissue causing pain or recurrence of hernia. ...Read more

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After my hernia surgery I'm having sharp pains. Should I be worried?

After my hernia surgery I'm having sharp pains. Should I be worried?

Probably not: Sharp pains that go away as quick as they came usually are not problems that are serious. If the pain is persistent, or worsening then you should see you surgeon as soon as possible. Pain after hernia surgery is very common, but should be gradually improving each week. ...Read more

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Why is there burning after hernia surgery?

See below: Nerve discomfort to the skin can temporarily result in a sharp or burning feeling around the surgical site. That discomfort resolves as the surgical site heals. See your surgeon to be sure that you are healing properly. ...Read more

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Is walking after hernia surgery beneficial?

Is walking after hernia surgery beneficial?

Yes: Getting up and walking shortly after surgery is very good. It can help prevent certain complications like pulmonary atelectasis and deep vein thrombosis. Early postoperative mobilization is important. ...Read more

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Does a past hernia surgery affect fertility?

Should not: Inguinal or groin hernia surgery should not affect fertility in a male. However, complex hernia or hernia repair that was extensive could involve the spermatic cord on rare occasion. Talk to your doctor and discuss you concerns. Bring your wife so that all parties discuss openly. There are many reasons for difficultly in getting pregnant. Avoid any blame and support each other. ...Read more

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What are common hernia surgery complications?

Uncommon: Fortunately, complications are uncommon after hernia repair, but they can be serious when they happen. Specific to hernia repair, chronic pain and hernia recurrence occur about 5% of the time or less for small, uncomplicated hernia repairs that are typically performed as an outpatient. Not all hernias are equal however, and a general surgeon may be able to give you specifics for your case. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Epidural (Definition)

The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more


Dr. David Earle
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Hernia Repair (Definition)

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