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

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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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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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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Are there any real benefits of laparoscopic over open inguinal hernia repair with mesh?

Are there any real benefits of laparoscopic over open inguinal hernia repair with mesh?

"Double" Hernias,etc: Controversy exists amongst hernia surgeons which approach is best. In my experience, people return to normal activities faster via laparoscopy. This is most pronounced with bilateral ("double") hernias. Also, people with recurrent hernias originally repaired open benefit greatly from the laparoscopic approach. ...Read more

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6 weeks after laparoscopic, bilateral inguinal hernia repair with mesh, should I still have significant swelling of the groin?

6 weeks after laparoscopic, bilateral inguinal hernia repair  with mesh, should I still have significant swelling of the groin?

Talk to the surgeon: It is about the time the swelling will be subsiding , some times it may take little longer depending on the extent of dissection, speak to the surgeon. ...Read more

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I had Laparascopic inguinal hernia repair. I had pain and urethra trauma from the bladder cath. Why cath NON indicated patients with empty bladder?

I had Laparascopic inguinal hernia repair. I had pain and urethra trauma from the bladder cath. Why cath NON indicated patients with empty bladder?

Depends: The most common problem facing patients immediately after surgery is that of urinary retention, the inability to pass urine. This is a side effect of the anesthesia and is usually relieved after a few hours. If urinary retention is prolonged, you may have a catheter inserted into your urethra. The catheter is left overnight and removed in the morning. I would ask the surgeon why you needed the Catheter. I am sorry that you were traumatized. ...Read more

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What is the recovery for an open inguinal hernia repair?

Variable: Usually, it's uneventful, but it really depends on the individual. In general, i tell my patients they will have significant pain for the first 3 days and the pain will start improving after that. My patients take between 1 and 2 weeks off from work. ...Read more

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How do I deal with an inguinal hernia repair and recovery

General surgeon: See a general surgeon for a consult. Most inguinal hernia repairs are performed through a groin incision an use mesh. With enough training an experience, many surgeons perform the repairs laparoscopically. Th laparoscopic technique has less pain and recovery time than the open technique, but only when done by a surgeon with enough experience. Both don't require postop activity restrictions. ...Read more

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Who does inguinal hernia repair.?

Who does inguinal hernia repair.?

General surgeons: Inguinal hernia repair is done by mostly general surgeons, however certain general surgeons will do only hernia surgery only. ...Read more

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If nothing is in it do I need inguinal hernia repair?

Yes: If you have inguinal hernia of moderate size and even though no contents now, ( empty ) elective surgery advised most of the time for fear of incarceration, or careful observation..See your surgeon and decide. ...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


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Inguinal Hernia (Definition)

Inguinal hernia is an abdominal wall defect occuring in the inguinal region. They may occur directly through the abdominal wall or through the internal inguinal ring and inguinal canal. They may extend into the scrotum in males or ...Read more