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Dr. Wayne Ingram
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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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Is the mesh material used in an inguinal surgery safe?

Is the mesh material used in an inguinal surgery safe?

Yes: It has been used for many years ; repeated studies show higher long term surgery repair success with the use of mesh. ...Read more

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Male 73 laparoscopic hernia surgery with mesh used is leg swelling common after surgery?

Male 73 laparoscopic hernia surgery with mesh used is leg swelling common after surgery?

No, not common: You should consult with your surgeon. You might have developed deep venous thrombophlebitis. It could be a serious condition. ...Read more

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Incisional hernia. Is the mesh uncomfortable?

Incisional hernia. Is the mesh uncomfortable?

Depends: There are many types of mesh so part of the answer depends on what type of mesh is used some mesh is absorbable or partly absorbable so that can leave less foreign body. Mostly i would answer this one no. ...Read more

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What is involved with mesh removal after inguinal hernia?

What is involved with mesh removal after inguinal hernia?

Hard work: Mesh placed for a hernia repair may need to be removed , either for infection, intractable post op pain of an extended period, or for hernia recurrence. In the latter, the graft should be left in place , and repaired with another adjacent or overlying graft. To remove a graft requires an open exploration, removal of tacks or sutures, then direct removal of the graft. Can be difficult. Good luck. ...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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Had 2 large ventral hernias repaired laproscopically. Double mesh 8x10 used in repair..2 large seromas formed. Having considerable pain 5 wks. Post op?

Had 2 large ventral hernias repaired laproscopically. Double mesh 8x10 used in repair..2 large seromas formed. Having considerable pain 5 wks. Post op?

Hernia repair: Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair is actually a very painful procedure. Additionally, seromas are also very common, but usually reabsorb and are gone by 6 to 12 months. Any remaining fluid collection is usually not symptomatic and can typically be left alone. Sounds like you're progressing along a fairly typical postoperative course, but if you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to call your surgeon. ...Read more

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Could small recurrence of inguinal hernia be detected with ultrasound. (note repair done with mesh in open style)?

Could small recurrence of inguinal hernia be detected with ultrasound. (note repair done with mesh in open style)?

It could.: Beside physical exam, ct is the "gold standard" for detecting recurrent hernia. However, since the hernia may be transiet (comes and goes) it might not be "seen with any imaging study. ...Read more

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What happen to the mesh which is used in inguinal hernia repair?Is it safe?

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 more

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What can be side effects and complications of biologic mesh used in recurrent hiatal hernia repair?

Few, but...: Biological mesh material actually goes away at it is replaced with your own connective tissue cells. There have been reports of this type of mesh eroding into the esophagus, but it is more likely to be technique related in my opinion, rather than caused by the material itself. It is biologically inert, so shouldn't cause any type of systemic reaction like an allergy. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Could small recurrence of inguinal hernia be detected by ultrasound. (note surgery was done with mesh in open style)?

Could small recurrence of inguinal hernia be detected by ultrasound. (note surgery was done with mesh in open style)?

Hernia: A small recurrence could be detected by ultrasound, ct scan and/or physical exam. The lack of visualized hernia, though, doesn't necessarily mean that there is no recurrent hernia. These can be difficult to detect, even by experienced surgeon examiners. Discuss with a surgeon. ...Read more

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Can the gastric sleeve be performed during the laproscopic surgery for the hiatal hernia?

Can the gastric sleeve be performed during the laproscopic surgery for the hiatal hernia?

Yes: In fact if a patient has a hiatal hernia they should be done simultaneously. There is no reason to have two operations in this case. ...Read more

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M28, could sneezing and coughing 50 days after surgery cause to recur hernia(note it was large inguinal hernia, repaired with mesh in open style)?

Yes, it's possible: Anything that will raise the pressure in the abdomen can exert the same pressure on a hernia and cause it to recur, despite having just had a repair. While 50 days is right within the threshold of regaining maximal tissue strength, hernia repairs can fail at anytime. Even months or years later. Have your surgeon re-evaluate. ...Read more

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How difficult a hernia mesh removal surgery is?

Can be very involved: In any location it is difficult ; less so in groin position but ventral hernia infected mesh can become a big procedure especially if bowel is adherent to it. ...Read more

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Is all hernia repair mesh synthetic fabric?

No.: There are many different kinds of mesh available for hernia repair. Some products are derived from animal products, or from cell culture products. Each product has specific uses, so talk with your surgeon to see what meets your needs. ...Read more

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How serious is belly button hernia after laparoscopic surgery of colectomy in adults?

How serious is belly button hernia after laparoscopic surgery of colectomy in adults?

Depends: The size and what is protruding through hernia and if the contents get stuck. All these things determine how serious. If it hurts or bothers you or is stuck go see your surgeon. ...Read more

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My general surgeon says that very few people get reaction/infection from poly propylene mesh used in hernia surgery. Can any one give exact % ?

No: There is a similar response to all implanted foreign bodies, but the intensity and duration of the response are highly variable. Nobody has an allergic type of reaction, because polypropylene is inert. Infection is a different issue, but also should be in the less than 1% range for inguinal and <5% for ventral hernia repairs. ...Read more

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After hernia surgery what are the chances of the mesh tearing?

After hernia surgery what are the chances of the mesh tearing?

Mesh tear: Unlikely, more likely to move out of position or have a securing stitch brake or scar tissue causing pain or recurrence of hernia. ...Read more

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Open mesh hernia surgery 8 weeks ago. Ok to lift 10-15 lb range, like grocery bags, etc.?

Post Op: I would be very wary of any stranger willing to answer this question. Post Op instructions come from the surgeon responsible for your care. You were given specific instructions about your post operative healing time and when you can resume normal activities. I would refer you back to those instructions or to the surgeon responsible for your care. ...Read more

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If I had the hernia surgery last week, and at times I feel pain from the mesh, is this normal?

If I had the hernia surgery last week, and at times I feel pain from the mesh, is this normal?

Pain after surgery: Pain at the operative site lasts for a few weeks. It is most severe the first few days, but continues for a month or more. Any stresses or strains on the mesh will elicit pain. ...Read more

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Are there side effects to mesh hernia surgery?

None: There should be no side effects. www.drlugo.com. ...Read more

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28 male, planning for indirect hernia surgery. Please advise which brand/product mesh would be best for me . My rt. Ing. Hetrnia is of apple size.?

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28 male, planning for indirect hernia surgery. Please advise  which brand/product mesh would be best for me . My rt. Ing. Hetrnia is of apple size.?

Hernia mesh product: Hernia surgery is one of the most common general surgical procedures performed in today's world. It can be performed in an open or a laparoscopic fashion, with mesh, or with suture. And, currently, there are over 20 different mesh products on the market that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, materials. It is often a game time decision as to which product the surgeon choices. All are good. ...Read more

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I had umbilical hernia surgery 6 months ago. Does the mesh ever dissolve away?

Depends: It depends what kind of mesh was used; talk with your surgeon to find out and how long it will take to be reabsorbed by your body. ...Read more

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There is blood in my semen. I got a hernia surgery done(without mesh) 10 days ago.Will it heal on its own, and will my semen become clear again?

There is blood in my semen. I got a hernia surgery done(without mesh) 10 days ago.Will it heal on its own, and will my semen become clear again?

Most likely: Blood in semen (hematospermia) is a common disorder. However, it is uncommon after hernia surgery. Most patients with hematospermia have self-limited symptoms (it gets better on its own). But, since you have a recent operation, you should see your surgeon for a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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How long should steristrips stay on after hernia surgery; I have a few left on after two weeks . I had permanent stitches..; not mesh..

Take them off : I there are any steristrips left when i see patients at a two week post-op visit, i simply peel them off slowly. Two weeks should be plenty if time for the skin incision to heal. If there is any doubt, see your surgeon. ...Read more

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My penis is shorter after hernia surgery using a mesh. Will this problem correct itself. Can someone please give me a real answer back. ?

My penis is shorter after hernia surgery using a mesh. Will this problem correct itself. Can someone please give me a real answer back. ?

Possibly swelling: This may be due to postoperative swelling around the base of the penis and in the scrotum and should resolve with time. Have never seen this be a long term problem. As always, check with the surgeon who did the operation if it persists. ...Read more

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Male 29, had rt. Ing. Indirect hernia surgery 9 days back, now feeling raised area under suture line, could this be due to mesh or due to sutures?

Male 29, had rt. Ing. Indirect hernia surgery 9 days back, now feeling raised area under suture line, could this be due to mesh or due to sutures?

Hernia: This is probably a healing ridge which is a normal part of recovering from surgery. If otherwise feeling well, this is a normal part of the healing process. ...Read more

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I had a hernia surgery (with mesh) b4 10 days ago, I have blood in my semen after my 2nd ejeculation the1st one was without blood, should i be worry ?

Unrelated to surgery: most likely not related to your hernia surgery , if you did not have this bleeding before , may not happen again , and if it recurs see your doctor to find the cause. ...Read more

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Male 28, i feel bad when i came to know that my rt inguinal large hernia surgery with mesh was not done by the head of department rather by his intern?

Male 28, i feel bad when i came to know that my rt inguinal large hernia surgery with mesh was not done by the head of department rather by his intern?

Good outcome?: It is likely that the head directed an intern in the procedure. This occurs in training centers as there is no other way to teach trainees who might be your doctor in the future. However, the head ensures that everything that is done is how he/she wants it. It is the responsiblitiy of your surgeon to ensure that the outcome is the same. In most operations, there is an assistant. ...Read more

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Male 73 laparoscopic hernia surgery with mesh used is leg swelling common after surgery?

No, not common: You should consult with your surgeon. You might have developed deep venous thrombophlebitis. It could be a serious condition. ...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


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