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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. Barry Rosen
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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 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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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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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?

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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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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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 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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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