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Dr. Harinder Gill
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Hernia Surgery (Definition)

There are a variety or several types of hernias, and many are repaired differently. A hernia is a weakness in the abdominal wall (such as inguinal, umbilical, incisional) or diaphragm (hiatal hernia). Surgery to repair the hernia can involve use of sutures, and possible use of mesh. Open or laparoscopic surgery can be a means to repair hernias, with laparoscopic ...Read more


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Laparoscopic double inguinal hernia surgery 4 1/2 months ago still real sore right testicle. Recently start feel discomfort groin& pubic area can do?

Laparoscopic double inguinal hernia surgery 4 1/2 months ago still real sore right testicle. Recently start feel discomfort groin& pubic area can do?

Give it more time: Sometimes the blood supply to the testicle is slightly compromised due to swelling, etc.
Good scrotal support, non steroidal medication is what is needed. And more time. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from inguinal hernia surgery? I’m having surgery to repair an inguinal hernia. What is the recovery like? How long before I can lift and carry things again?

How long does it take to recover from inguinal hernia surgery? I’m having surgery to repair an inguinal hernia. What is the recovery like? How long before I can lift and carry things again?

There : There are several ways to repair an inguinal hernia. A traditional repair involves an incision over the area of the hernia and the placement of a plastic mesh material to plug or cover the defect. Alternatively, your surgeon may perform a laparoscopic hernia repair which involves making a few incisions near your navel and placing mesh in front of the hernia. Generally, the recovery from a laparoscopic hernia repair is shorter and involves less pain. One can usually return to regular activities within a few days to a week. Traditional hernia repairs usually require a longer recovery (3-5 weeks) but can be performed under local anesthetic meaning the patient does not have to have a full general anesthetic. This is beneficial for some patients who may not tolerate general anesthesia. You should speak with your surgeon about all your options as every patient has unique conditions which may influence how the surgeon may recommend proceeding. ...Read more

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How long waiting time for inguinal hernia surgery?

How long waiting time for inguinal hernia surgery?

Variable: The timing of surgery depends on whether any pre operative evauation is necessary with other doctors, the urgency of the operation, & the surgeon's schedule. In the us, I believe that most surgeons can schedule a hernia operation within a few weeks after initial evaluation. ...Read more

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How much time will it take me to recover from inguinal hernia surgery?

How much time will it take me to recover from inguinal hernia surgery?

Up to 6 weeks: Depending on the type of repair, it can take between 1 and 6 weeks to recover. If you have a laparoscopic repair it can take between 1-2 weeks to recover, and if it is open, depending on the recommendations of your surgeon, it can take bewtween two and 6 weeks for full recovery ...Read more

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M28, had inguinal hernia surgery with prolene mesh, 45 days back. At that time my ESR was 2 and now it is 31, could this be from reaction to mesh.

Very unlikely: Prolene is polypropylene, very inert and non-reactive. Elevated ESR to that level can be caused by any inflammatory condition. You should look to another source for this lab test abnormality. ...Read more

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How much time after inguinal hernia surgery can I drink alcohol again?

How much time after inguinal hernia surgery can I drink alcohol again?

Common sense: I would wait until the anesthesia wears off (1 day) and you are no longer taking narcotic pain medication. Best of luck with the hernia repair! ...Read more

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I had an inguinal hernia surgery in 2010(open repair)if I have scar tissue around spermatic cord. Will I feel pain all the time or just when ejaculate?

I had an inguinal hernia surgery in 2010(open repair)if I have scar tissue around spermatic cord. Will I feel pain all the time or just when ejaculate?

You may: Pain after any hernia operation is common though it usually resolves in a few months. Scarring of the cord or cremaster muscles is probably causing this. Repeating surgery usually doesn't solve this. Steroid injection treatments may help. Applying heat or a hot bath may help. With time, this usually becomes less of an issue. If you feel a mass or bulge that comes and goes, see the surgeon. ...Read more

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I had inguinal hernia surgery 2 days back.I can't poop properly .just farting.what I can do?each time I feel and ready to poop I can't cause of pain

Hydrate/stool soften: Make sure you stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of fluid — about 2L per day, especially while recovering from surgery. If you are taking narcotic pain medication, you should also take a stool softener which may help, such as colace (docusate sodium). And most of all, don't worry, the poop will come out soon. If the problem gets worse, call your surgeon. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I had laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery 10 days ago. I have had daily headaches past 5 days that aren't letting up. Is this normal? What causes it?

I had laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery 10 days ago. I have had daily headaches past 5 days that aren't letting up. Is this normal? What causes it?

Stress, pain.: It could be from anesthesia, reaction to the medication you are taking, including your pain medication, could be constipation which is popular after this kind of surgery.it could be caffeine withdraw if you are not drinking as much as you use to.
list is long see your doctor.
Hold off on the pain medication and take Excedrin for a change and see if that will make your headache go away. ...Read more

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Three weeks after laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery I'm getting off and on testicle pain on both sides. Is this normal?

Three weeks after laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery I'm getting off and on testicle pain on both sides.  Is this normal?

Uncommon: Some times when the scar tissue is settling may get pain, go back and see your surgeon for a follow up care, and will explain to you the reason for your pain. ...Read more

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2 months after bilateral laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery, my right testicle hangs higher than left, and spermatic cord is still sore, normal?

2 months after bilateral laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery, my right testicle hangs higher than left, and spermatic cord is still sore, normal?

Yes: What you describe is not unusual. It is normal for one testis to hang a bit lower than its mate. You are likely the same as you were prior to surgery, but now you are focused and more aware of your anatomy. The cord tenderness will be resolving soon. ...Read more

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Could I get some information regarding inguinal hernia surgery.?

Opinions: Have more than 1 doctor examine you. If surgery necessary check their record of surgery, (#'s and results.) Do have it if indicated because of danger of bowel getting stuck in muscle defect and turning gangrenous, "incarcerated hernia." Hope this is helpful. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel pain from inguinal hernia surgery after 1 year?

No: You need to contact the surgeon who did the surgery to find out why. Most pain should have subsided by 6 weeks post-op. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are possible complications of an inguinal hernia surgery?

Infection, : Hemorrhage, death, recurrence, chronic pain, injury to testicle, nerve, and all adjacent organs. But it rarely happens. ...Read more

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Bodybuilding after open inguinal hernia surgery?

Alright: Should be fine to return to all normal activities and exercises once you are fully healed and released to such activities by your surgeon. ...Read more

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Inguinal hernia surgery problems ten years post surgery?

Inguinal hernia surgery problems ten years post surgery?

Need explanation: What type of problems you have, need information like pain, recurrence, infected graft etc, see a surgeon for clinical examination and required treatment. ...Read more

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I've had inguinal hernia surgery could that cause sterility?

I've had inguinal hernia surgery could that cause sterility?

Possible. Unlikely: Sterility requires that both testes, or that both vas deferens (duct from teste that carries sperm) are no longer functional. Injury to the spermatic cord, which contains the vas deferens and blood supply to the teste, is a known complication of inguinal hernia surgery (up to 3%). If you had bilateral operation, or pre-existing problem with opposite teste, then it is possible but very unlikely. ...Read more

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Bodybuilding after open inguinal hernia surgery without mesh?

Bodybuilding after open inguinal hernia surgery without mesh?

Follow your surgeon: The reason surgeons recommend waiting 6 weeks is to allow the repair to heal and gain its strength. If you over stress the repair too soon, you could rip it apart. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long will it take a to recover from inguinal hernia surgery and start running again?

How long will it take a to recover from inguinal hernia surgery and start running again?

Weeks: Return to exercise after hernia repair is dependent on the health of the patient, method of hernia repair, and extent of surgery. Following laparoscopic hernia repair, my patients are instructed to begin aerobic exercise whenever they feel well enough. Many will be fast-walking on a treadmill or elliptical within a week, running outdoors in 2-3 weeks, and back to pre-surgical fitness in 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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Its 4days now after my inguinal hernia surgery but my balls still looks the same, is it normal?

Yes: Yes it is apply ice and wear some kind of athletic support to keep them elevated
again apply ice.
Check with your surgeon, but this is very normal. ...Read more

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Is having discomfort and minor aches approximately one year after inguinal hernia surgery normal?

Is having discomfort and minor aches approximately one year after inguinal hernia surgery normal?

Yes and no: If the pain started after some physical activity like a heavy lifting it could be normal pending how the hernia was repaired open or laproscopic with or without screen or mesh. It happen without any incident then it is not normal. Take ibuprofen 600-800 mg after each meal for a week. Either way if pain persisted see your doctor ...Read more

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Could inguinal hernia surgery cause a change in the direction of my erection? I notice it points to the right now.

Could inguinal hernia surgery cause a change in the direction of my erection? I notice it points to the right now.

Unlikely: You may have peyronie's. We don't know the cause but there are lots of treatment options available including a promising biological agent the fda is currently reviewing. ...Read more

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Which is better risk, risk of recurrence in meshless open inguinal hernia surgery or risk of side effects from mesh.?

Which is better risk, risk of recurrence in meshless open inguinal hernia surgery or risk of side effects from mesh.?

Mesh is better: Most of us surgeons agree and the literature is pretty clear, that hernia recurrence rates without mesh are much higher while the risks of using mesh are quite low. ...Read more

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I just had inguinal hernia surgery 2 weeks ago, and now have a seroma that seems to be getting larger. Is this normal?

Conservative: Hi, Seromas after inguinal hernia repair are generally managed by just observation for about 3 months and they will gradually resolve. If spontaneous resolution does not occur, aspiration under VERY strict sterile conditions can be done(especially if a mesh was used). It would be a good idea to let your surgeon look at it since it is just recent surgery, for your peace of mind. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Hwllo dr. Underwent inguinal hernia surgery and I want to ask, when I go back to football and what should I do now? Thank you dr.

Ask your surgeon: I tell my patients not to do anything strenuous for 4-6 weeks. That may be a bit long with the use of meshes. Your surgeon is aware of what type of procedure he/she did and is the one to tell you what to expect. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
196 doctors shared insights

Inguinal Hernia Surgery (Definition)

Inguinal or groin hernias are very common. They can be repaired with an incision over the groin, or with laparoscopic syrgery. The surgery is performed with some form of anesthesia. Mesh is a soft woven material often used in hernia surgery to help prevent the hernia from returning in the future. Usually it is an outpatient procedure with a 4-6 recovery before doing ...Read more


Dr. David Earle
577 doctors shared insights

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