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Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair Recovery
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
6 weeks after laparoscopic, bilateral inguinal hernia repair with mesh, should I still have significant swelling of the groin?
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
Is it possible that my hydrocele was cured during my bilateral inguinal hernia repair, laparascopic.
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lap and open: Laparoscopic has three small incisions and uses mesh. Hernia is reduced and patch is put in front of it, in pre-peritoneal space..Make sure the procedure is done tep. Open has one incision approx 4-7cm in length in the groin and also uses a mesh. Hernia is also reduced and patch is placed over it. Both almost equal down time. Both good long-term. I myself prefer lap. ...Read more
Many types: There are two main categories of repair - open and laparoscopic. Both are generally done as outpatient operations. The variety of open techniques are performed by about 80% is surgeons, and lap about 20%. Open techniques are slightly more painful and associated with a slightly longer recovery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Doubtful: While anything is possible, and there have been a few reports of this, there have only been a few reported out of millions of repairs. I have had experience where there was a couple with difficulty conceiving, them they got pregnant after the hernia repair. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: After any surgery, a ridge develops where the incision is. This is called the proud or healing ridge and slowly disappears over a four month period. In a some patients it is quite pronounced and causes concern. If you have any question about your wound, you need to see your surgeon. ...Read more
Relatively safe: Surgery, one of the most commonly performed , low risk ambulatory surgical procedure. Possible to have recurrence , rare instances possible to have persistent pains , testicular atrophy, speak to your surgeon for benefits and risks of the procedure. ...Read more
Moderate: It depends on the type of repair that you have. In general, open (large incision) hernia repair has more pain and disability than a laparoscopic (small incision) hernia repair, but it depends a lot on you and your pain tolerance. Your surgeon's techniques also play a role. Most people require moderate narcotics after surgery to control their pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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