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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

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Dr. Harinder Gill
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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

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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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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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Dr. James Krick
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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