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What is the recovery for lapriscopic umbilical hernia repair. How long are you swollen from gas. Recovery restrictions?

What is the recovery for lapriscopic umbilical hernia repair. How long are you swollen from gas.  Recovery restrictions?

Depends : most surgeons agree that maximum strength of your repair reached in 6 weeks. Some surgeons allow laparoscopic repairs to lift normally right away,but limited data to support this. I say wait 6 weeks for heavy lifting otherwise no restrictions to reduce recurrence risk. If gas bloat caused by surgical induced CO2 it will be gone in 72 hours ...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


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How do you decide between an open or laparoscopic hernia repair ?

How do you decide between an open or laparoscopic hernia repair ?

Your choice...: Open repair is associated with more pain and a longer recovery than lap (by 1-2 weeks), but only if the lap surgeon is very experienced with the technique. Choose what the surgeon does best. If you want lap, find an experienced surgeon with at least previous 250 cases.Not foolproof, but it can start the conversation. If the surgeon does open, and you want lap, ask about a referral to a lap surgeon ...Read more

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I had a unbiblical hernia repair upen and laparoscopic to add mesh two weeks go. Ii have 15 pounds of fluid that has not gone away.

I had a unbiblical hernia repair upen and laparoscopic to add mesh two weeks go.  Ii have 15 pounds of fluid that has not gone away.

Where ?: Where is this fluid ? Do you have a large collection of fluid somewhere or are you just 15 # heavier ? If just heavier you can try decreasing salt intake etc to lose water weight. If instead you have fluid in one location see your surgeon ...Read more

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Had a laparoscopic hernia repair using mesh. If someone is having pain, but not sure of cause how do you know if MESH has moved, etc. Whataresymptoms?

Had a laparoscopic hernia repair using mesh.  If someone is having pain, but not sure of cause how do you know if MESH has moved, etc. Whataresymptoms?

Pain After Hernia: Mesh movement or migration after laparoscopic hernia repair is a rare cause of pain after surgery. Other, more common causes include hernia recurrence, nerve injury, etc. It's best to follow up with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Dealing with a seroma following laparoscopic hernia repair?

Drain it or not: Most of these are self-limiting. They can be drained and will resolve. Don't worry. They are usually no big deal. ...Read more

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Which patients may benefit from a laparoscopic hernia repair?

Bilateral, recurrent: Patients with bilateral hernias (both left and right sides), and recurrent hernias are usually good candidates for laparoscopic hernia repair. However, only after a detailed consultation and physical examination can your surgeon determine whether laparoscopic hernia repair is right for you. ...Read more

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What will i be given for post-operative pain from laparoscopic hernia repair?

Very little: Brief pain after surgery , so you will get very little narcotics after surgery , you will have discomfort only for few days, don't worry , and discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long before i can get back to exercise after laparoscopic hernia repair surgery?

How long before i can get back to exercise after laparoscopic hernia repair surgery?

As tolerated : I tell my patients to return to usual activity as treated by pain and discomfort. Just listen to your body and use common sense and you'll be fine. As always however, there may be features unique to your case, and you should check with your surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long after laparoscopic hernia repair can I return to school and work?

Less than 1 week: If done well less than one week surgery3@optonline.Net. ...Read more

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How many laparoscopic hernia repair procedures a year should a surgeon do to be considered highly skilled.

How many laparoscopic hernia repair  procedures a year should a surgeon do to be considered highly skilled.

Numbers game : It depends on the type of hernia, and technique of repair. Using groin hernia as an example, one study suggested that it takes 250 cases to master the procedure. It also depends on the training, and fundamental laparoscopic skills. While some va surgeons need 250 cases, there was no mention of annual volume. Sorry to drone on, but its not that simple. ...Read more

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Is this normal? Frequent urination? I just had my laparoscopic hernia repair.

Is this normal? Frequent urination? I just had my laparoscopic hernia repair.

Maybe: What kind of hernia surgery, groin, ventral, hiatal? Frequent urination early after surgery would not be unusual. Call your surgeon to see what they recommend. ...Read more

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What skin prep solution is used for a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair?

What skin prep solution is used for a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair?

It depends: There are many skin preps in the market. Each hospital and surgery centers will pick a prep that is recommended by the infection control and surgical societies. Some patients are allergic to some of the preps, restricts the use of certain preps. The most use are alcohol base, and iodine base. ...Read more

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Please tell me what skin prep solution would be used for a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair?

Please tell me what skin prep solution would be used for a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair?

Chlorhexidine: The cdc recommends skin preparation with Chlorhexidine prior to operative interventions. Generally an antibiotic is adminstered intravenously prior to the surgery to further reduce wound complications. Shaving the surgical site should be avoided as it increases wound infection rates. ...Read more

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I'm having pain in my left testicle after laparoscopic hernia repair on both sides. It's been 30 days since my surgery, is this normal?

Referred pain?: Most likely this is referred pain, i.e. nerve irritation in the surgical area, not a problem in the testicle itself. Contact your surgeon if the pain continues, or immediately if you have fever or if there is pain, tenderness, swelling, or redness of the scrotum. ...Read more

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How long pain should last after laparoscopic hernia repair. My doctor said i had 4 hernias he repaired. 5 weeks later I am still having pain. Normal?

How long pain should last after laparoscopic hernia repair. My doctor said i had 4 hernias he repaired. 5 weeks later I am still having pain. Normal?

Not Uncommon: The severity and duration of postoperative pain is dependent upon the size of the hernia(s). Although laparoscopic, we are "riveting" mesh to the muscles of your abdominal wall. Is your pain getting better or worse? If its not improving, you should see your surgeon sooner than later. ...Read more

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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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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more