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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


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Is it normal to develope seroma five months after laposcopic ventral hernia repair with mesh?

Is it normal to develope seroma five months after laposcopic ventral hernia repair with mesh?

Very common: Seromas are very common after laparoscopic ventral hernia repair. It is a bit unusual to develop after five months. I suspect it may have been there before hand and smaller form and could be getting larger. They usually don't require any treatment, but on occasion they need to be drained. Best to follow up with your surgeon for an exam. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Inguinal hernia mesh is it safe?

Yes: Fixing inguinal hernias with mesh has become the standard of care. It reduces the risk of hernia repair failure significantly and reduces the post operative pain as compared to traditional tissue only repairs. ...Read more

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Why is an open inguinal hernia repair better than a laparoscopic hernia repair?

Why is an open inguinal hernia repair better than a laparoscopic hernia repair?

It may not be...: Inguinal hernia repair is technically challenging, open or laparoscopic. The laparoscopic repair is relatively new and not all surgeons are comfortable performing repair this way. Statistically, the failure rate of open hernia repair is between 1-5% depending on sugeon expertise. Conversely, laparoscopic failure is much higher up to 10% and more depending on experience. More experience=less failur. ...Read more

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How safe is hernia mesh?

Very: The different meshes available for hernia repair are safe. What type used, synthetic or biological, depends on the type of hernia and comorbidities. You should discuss this with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What is involved with mesh removal after inguinal hernia?

What is involved with mesh removal after inguinal hernia?

Hard work: Mesh placed for a hernia repair may need to be removed , either for infection, intractable post op pain of an extended period, or for hernia recurrence. In the latter, the graft should be left in place , and repaired with another adjacent or overlying graft. To remove a graft requires an open exploration, removal of tacks or sutures, then direct removal of the graft. Can be difficult. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is levitra (vardenafil) ok to take a week after open mesh inguinal surgery repair?

Is levitra (vardenafil) ok to take a week after open mesh inguinal surgery repair?

Probably: I don't see why not. Remember, though, that any activity early on following hernia surgery, including sexual activity, may be uncomfortable. If there is no discomfort, than normal activity can resume. ...Read more

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Bodybuilding after open inguinal hernia surgery without mesh?

Bodybuilding after open inguinal hernia surgery without mesh?

Follow your surgeon: The reason surgeons recommend waiting 6 weeks is to allow the repair to heal and gain its strength. If you over stress the repair too soon, you could rip it apart. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is anal sex safe after recovery from rectocele repair?

Is anal sex safe after recovery from rectocele repair?

Perhaps not: Anal sex could result in recurrence of the rectocele as well as damage to the repaired area. ...Read more

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Should I try the Shouldice clinic/method for a recurrent inguinal hernia repair, given the first repair was open mesh?

Should I try the Shouldice clinic/method for a recurrent inguinal hernia repair, given the first repair was open mesh?

You can try: any major medical center. Shouldice Center in Canada may be fine. There may be a facility closer to you that does laparoscopic repairs of recurrent hernias too. Ask your doctor about the specialists in your region. ...Read more

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Male 73 laparoscopic hernia surgery with mesh used is leg swelling common after surgery?

No, not common: You should consult with your surgeon. You might have developed deep venous thrombophlebitis. It could be a serious condition. ...Read more

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Is removing mesh aftet iguinal hernia repair is complicated?And what can be done to cure chronic pain after suegery?

Is removing mesh aftet iguinal hernia repair is complicated?And what can be done to cure chronic pain after suegery?

No but : What the reason to remove , is complicated , like infection inside tissue planes, must speak to your surgeon , most common cause for chronic pain the nerve being pinched by scar tissue ...Read more

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Strong Pulling sensation one week after tension free mesh umbilical hernia repair? Is this normal?

Strong Pulling sensation one week after tension free mesh umbilical hernia repair?  Is this normal?

Wait and see: do not stretch your abdomen too much for next 2 to 3 wks for compete healing then only you know if hernia is recurring . ...Read more

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Is all hernia repair mesh synthetic fabric?

No.: There are many different kinds of mesh available for hernia repair. Some products are derived from animal products, or from cell culture products. Each product has specific uses, so talk with your surgeon to see what meets your needs. ...Read more

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Can I continue abdominal workouts after a paraumbilical hernia repair is completely healed?

Can I continue abdominal workouts after a paraumbilical hernia repair is completely healed?

Exercise: after surgery. After you are fully healed & recovered about 6 weeks after surgery, you should be fine to do all normal activities and exercises. Be sure you are cleared for full exercise by your surgeon. ...Read more

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When do I replace the bandage after laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair?

No need: Usually, there are only small tapes over the incisions that come off on their own within a week or two. As long as the wound is dry, no need for a bandage. If you're still unsure, call your surgeon. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I am having pain in anal cavity after inguinal hernia mesh repair is that normal?Please answer

I am having pain in anal cavity after inguinal hernia mesh repair is that normal?Please answer

Contact your Surgeon: This is not normal. Any time there is a post operative complication you should contact your surgeon to make sure that they know something is wrong and to see if they have a plan to evaluate the problem. ...Read more

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How safe is a mesh when used for an inguinal hernia?

This procedure is: done quite often by general surgeons. it is best to discuss the risks and benefits of any procedure with the surgeon doing the procedure. typically any time there is a foreign element introduced in the body it does have the risk to become infected. ...Read more

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Hernia (Definition)

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