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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


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Had hernia repair with mesh 4 months ago. Started gym a week ago and i got almost 0 pains in that area. Is it safe to try lifting heavier weights?

Should be fine: Activity after hernia repair is usually "as tolerated". Furthermore, at fou months, the scar tissue is over 90% of its ultimate strength. Don't hesitate to call your surgeon i there are any problems, or questions about your specific case. ...Read more

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What happen to the mesh which is used in inguinal hernia repair?Is it safe?

What happen to the mesh which is used in inguinal hernia repair?Is it safe?

Incorporates : The mesh used for inguinal hernias has been safe for most patients with several decades of experience. They remain inert but is intimately attached to the body with scar tissue. Very occasionally they can irritate the surrounding tissues or cause pain when too much scar tissue is incited. Theorized potential for increased infection has not been seen. It is safe. ...Read more

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I just found out I am 4 weeks pregnant and i had umbilical hernia repair ( non mesh, shouldice) on april 8th. Is this okay, is it safe ?

I just found out I am 4 weeks pregnant and i had umbilical hernia repair ( non mesh, shouldice) on april  8th.   Is this okay,  is it safe ?

You will be fine : Yes will be o k. After umbilical hernia repair , can have children, can deliver normally or by c section with out problems, your OB doctor is trained to handle with this kind of situations , talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I had an umbilical hernia repair with mesh done 4 years ago is it safe for me to have a baby and will the mesh cause any tearing of my tummy.

I had an umbilical hernia repair with mesh done 4 years ago is it safe for me to have a baby and will the mesh cause any tearing of my tummy.

May be: it is hard to determined what will happen most likely the hernia might come back depend on the size of the screen they use and if you had your surgery open or laparoscopic you have good chance you will be ok but again is unpredictable good luck ...Read more

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How long for recovery of hernia repair using mesh?

How long for recovery of hernia repair using mesh?

Not long: Recovery from uncomplicated inguinal hernia will be very brief , in less than 4 to 6 wks , that is the minimum time that nature needs to lay down the collagen fibers to complete the healing process , in mesh repair which is tension free , can be active much earlier ...Read more

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Why am I experiencing pain 7 years after a mesh hernia repair?

Unknown: Some reasons for pain after hernia repair include recurrent hernia, or a muscle pull or strain. Depending on the type of hernia and technique of repair, there could be sutures that are pulling through the tissue. Best to see your surgeon if you're concerned. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are signs that someone is having a reaction to the mesh used in the hernia repair?

Non-reactive: Mesh used for hernia repair does not cause an immune or allergic reaction. Your body does respond to the mesh by forming scar tissue and sending inflammatory cells to the area. If this normal response is excessive, you may have pain at the site. If there is red skin, may be an infection. Best to have it checked by your surgeon if you're concerned. Hope this helps! ...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