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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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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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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 an umbilical + bi-lateral inguinal hernia successfully repaired with laparoscopic / mesh in 2005. Is weight lifting a good or bad idea? Limits?

I had an umbilical + bi-lateral inguinal hernia successfully repaired with laparoscopic / mesh in 2005. Is weight lifting a good or bad idea? Limits?

Go for it.: The purpose of a hernia repair is to let you live the lifestyle you want. There is always a possibility that your hernias could recur, or that you will get a new hernia, but in my opinion you should not let that limit you. ...Read more

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What is advantage of laporascopic repair of inguinal hernia?

Laparoscopic hernia: I perform both open and laparoscopic hernias, but would have it done laparoscopically if I had a hernia. The lap hernia has a smaller scar, less pain, quicker recovery time, allows you to look at the opposite side for a hernia (and repair it if found) and the same recurrence rate as open inguinal hernia repairs. ...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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I had open sugary, not laparoscopic, on my inguinal hernia. When can I return to work?

4 weeks standard: You should check with your surgeon but in general most surgeons say no heavy lifting, pushing or pulling for the first 4 weeks. If you do very heavy work (>50 pounds force) you may need 6 weeks or more. Likewise, if you do light deskwork you may be able to return in 2 weeks when your pain is well controlled and you are off of the narcotics. Whatever you do ease back into things slowly. ...Read more

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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


Dr. David Earle
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Groin Hernia (Definition)

Groin hernia is a condition where abdominal organs (usually some intestine) bulge through a ...Read more