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What is the recovery for lapriscopic umbilical hernia repair. How long are you swollen from gas. Recovery restrictions?

What is the recovery for lapriscopic umbilical hernia repair. How long are you swollen from gas.  Recovery restrictions?

Depends : most surgeons agree that maximum strength of your repair reached in 6 weeks. Some surgeons allow laparoscopic repairs to lift normally right away,but limited data to support this. I say wait 6 weeks for heavy lifting otherwise no restrictions to reduce recurrence risk. If gas bloat caused by surgical induced CO2 it will be gone in 72 hours ...Read more

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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I had a laparoscopic umbilical hernia repair with mesh 2 months ago & there's a lump that disappears when I lay down like before. Should I be worried?

I had a laparoscopic umbilical hernia repair with mesh 2 months ago & there's a lump that disappears when I lay down like before. Should I be worried?

See your surgeon: It may be a small amount a fat or fluid superficial to the mesh - both of which are normal. It could represent a recurrent hernia as well - not normal. Best to get an exam by your surgeon to find out. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What's recovery time for an umbilical hernia repair .?

What's recovery time for an umbilical  hernia repair .?

Short: Most umbilical hernia repairs are done outpatient and require a very short recovery. If you do a lot of liftinig, bending and stooping and straining your time for recovery may be longer (~2-4 weeks). If you have a less strenuous vocation, then perhaps less than a week to up to 2 weeks. It will depend on your size, condition, health and complications and your doctor's opinion. ...Read more

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Does umbilical hernia repair require hospitalisation?

No: Usually an outpatient surgery at a hospital or surgery center. Can go home after recovered from the anesthetic. Unless the surgery is being performed for some uncommon emergency. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: umbilical hernia repair?

Umb Hernia Repair: A surgical procedure where a defect (hole) in the abdominal wall at the belly button or umbilicus is closed. This can be accomplished with sutures, mesh, or both. The procedure can be done with general or local anesthesia, and the patient is usually discharged home the same day. ...Read more

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Umbilical hernia repair burning 2years after?

Umbilical hernia repair burning 2years after?

Nonspecific : Many people have a variety of mild sensations in and around the area where a her is repair was performed for years. Usually they are not serious. If the symptoms are severe, limit activities, or persistent, you should have an exam by a primary care provider, or ideally your surgeon. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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When would a person have to get an umbilical hernia repair surgery?

When would a person have to get an umbilical hernia repair surgery?

Size, Symptoms: The biggest risk of any hernia is the potential for bowel to get stuck (incarcerated) within the hernia, necessitating emergency surgery to prevent intestinal death. If an umbilical hernia has reached a size where this is a real risk, or if the pain from the hernia is interfering with one's daily activities, surgery should be strongly considered. Best bet: see a surgeon for their opinion. ...Read more

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During an umbilical hernia repair, where is the incision and what is the downtime?

During an umbilical hernia repair, where is the incision and what is the downtime?

Two Options: Some surgeons repair the hernia by making an incision on top of the hernia. Some surgeons repair it laparoscopically with incisions along your side. Downtime for both is about the same. Every surgeon has differing restrictions after. Mine are simple. No heavy lifting greater than 10 lbs for two weeks. Otherwise live your normal life. ...Read more

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I just had an umbilical hernia repair. How long does it take to heal and what can I do about the bloatedness?

Full healing 4-6 wks: You should be feeling better in 1 week, but, you'll need 4-6 weeks for full strength in the wound to develop. If you resume activity or strain too soon, you may pop apart the wound and have another hernia develop. ...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. David Earle
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Umbilical Hernia (Definition)

This is a hole in the abdominal wall at the belly button, the location of the umbilical cord during fetal development. It usually closes by itself as it fills with scar tissue. Infants with a hernia here usually resolve by age 4-5. Adults may develop a hole here for unknown reasons, and will see a lump under the skin ("outie") where intra-abdominal contents have ...Read more