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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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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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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?

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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I'm getting laparoscopic cystectomy and hernia repair next Monday. Is ok to use Afrin (oxymetazoline) this close to surgery? I have sleep apnea and am worried.

I'm getting laparoscopic cystectomy and hernia repair next Monday. Is ok to use Afrin (oxymetazoline) this close to surgery? I have sleep apnea and am worried.

Absolutely yes.: Afrin & generics (oxymetazoline) are safe to use before surgery. Afrin shrinks the blood vessels & improves air flow thru the nasal passages; very little is absorbed into the blood stream. However, if you stop using it, your nasal congestion may be worse than it was before you started it. Consider using external nasal strips in place of Afrin @ bedtime. They work just as well. Dr. Anne. ...Read more

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Had inguinal hernia repair surgery 5 weeks ago laparoscopically. I feel a slight bulge where the hernia used to be when I lean back/cough. Recurrence?

Had inguinal hernia repair surgery 5 weeks ago laparoscopically. I feel a slight bulge where the hernia used to be when I lean back/cough. Recurrence?

Wait and see: To early to assume recurrence. Wait untl surrounding tissues are completely healed, 4-6 weeks and then if the bulge is still there examination should determine if it is truly a recurrence or just a palpable abdominal wall weakness. ...Read more

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Had laposcopic surgery for gallbladder removal & hernia repair in dec since I have had bad belly button odor that i never had. Is this related?

Had laposcopic surgery for gallbladder removal & hernia repair in dec  since I have had bad belly button odor that i never had. Is this related?

Maybe: I presume you had laproscopic surgery via you belly button, you may have a small suture granuloma or an small deep area of non healing wound in your incision site, follow up with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the risks of a hernia repair surgery?

What are the risks of a hernia repair surgery?

What I tell patients: Risk of recurrence, bleeding, infection, chronic or temporary pain in the area, loss of sensation to inside leg and scrotum, seroma or fluid collection, injury to femoral vein or artery. These are from the surgery, anesthesia carries its own risks. ...Read more

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If my hernia repair (with mesh) isn't healing well, will I need another surgery?

Maybe: It is dependent on the type and location of the hernia, what type if mesh was used and the technique that was used to place it. It is also very dependent on what is meant by "not healing well". Stick with your surgeon, but if things don't seem to be progressing, feel free to get another opinion. ...Read more

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I had a hernia repair 3 months ago I started coughing and now my surgery site is swollen, a little hard and soft. Did I re tare it again ?

I had a hernia repair 3 months ago I started coughing and now my surgery site is swollen, a little hard and soft. Did I re tare  it again ?

See your surgeon: Very important to see your surgeon soon. If you were doing well and now feel swollen again 3 months after the surgery, it could well be that the repair failed. Make sure you see your surgeon soon. All best! ...Read more

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Who is the best surgery technique for hernia repair?

Who is the best surgery technique for  hernia repair?

It varies; use mesh!: Mesh, despite what you might hear on late night tv, is the best way to trait a hernia. There are many ways to put it in though. Talk to a surgeon! ...Read more

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How do I know if I damaged a hernia repair mesh from coughing 4 weeks after surgery.

How do I know if I damaged a hernia repair mesh from coughing 4 weeks after surgery.

The only way to: tell for certain is to be examined. The odds are in your favor as most healing has completed within two weeks. Make an appointment to see the surgeon soon for reassurance. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel pain 3 months after hernia repair surgery when lifting and bending?

Yes: Hermia surgery usually involves placing mesh. This will usually cause some scarring. This will cause pain and stiffness for up to 6 months to a year when you are active or lifting. ...Read more

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Can the mash from: hernia repair surgery come loose.? If so how do you stop it or do you need another surgery?

Can the mash from: hernia repair surgery come loose.? If so how do you stop it or do you need another surgery?

Complex: Yes the mesh can "come loose" and this could cause a recurrence that needs another operation. It depends on the technique, type of mesh, and type if mesh fixation regarding the likelihood this will happen. See your surgeon to find out about your case. If you are unsatisfied, see a surgeon experience in hernia repair for a second opinion. Also check the americas hernia society website. ...Read more

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Should hernia repair feel like hard lump after surgery?

Should hernia repair feel like hard lump after surgery?

Normal: Early after a surgical procedure, the tissue under the incision feels hard for up to several weeks. Surgeons refer to this as a "healing ridge". If the hard lump is large and visible however, there could be a collection of blood (hematoma) or fluid (seroma), both if which should resolve on their own. See your surgeon for an exam to be sure. ...Read more

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Please explain who performs hiatal hernia repair surgery?

Please explain who performs hiatal hernia repair surgery?

General surgeon : A general surgeon does hiatal hernia repairs - these are also mostly now done laparoscopically ( through 5 small incisions ). A general surgeon who specializes in laparoscopic performs the surgery. ...Read more

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Does hernia repair irritate round ligament a year after surgery?

Maybe: Hernia repair can irritate the surrounding structures, however it is unlikely your round ligament would cause you problems even if irritated. In any case, if you are having some trouble a year after inguinal hernia repair, call your surgeon for a follow up visit to check it out and make sure things are ok. ...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