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Doctor insights on: Open Inguinal Hernia Repair

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Dr. Michelle Gordon Dr. Gordon
Surgery
17 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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What is the recovery for an open inguinal hernia repair?

What is the recovery for an open inguinal hernia repair?

Variable: Usually, it's uneventful, but it really depends on the individual. In general, i tell my patients they will have significant pain for the first 3 days and the pain will start improving after that. My patients take between 1 and 2 weeks off from work. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
570 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


Dr. Michelle Gordon Dr. Gordon
Surgery
17 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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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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Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Tracy Berg Dr. Berg
Surgery
28 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Bloating after open inguinal hernia repair common?

Bloating after open inguinal hernia repair common?

Can be: Constipation after general anesthesia and general surgical procedure is common. It can cause pain, bloating, nausea, and worse. Drink lots of liquids, use fiber and laxatives, slow down on solids in diet until your bowels are moving twice a day. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Roth Dr. Roth
Surgery
24 years in practice
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
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Is itok to return to office work 3 days after open inguinal hernia repair surgery?

Is itok to return to office work 3 days after open inguinal hernia repair surgery?

Office job hernia: Yes. I would let you return to work 3 days following hernia repair. I generally tell patients not to drive until they are pain free and feel that they can stomp their feet on the floor, so that they would be able to safely apply brakes in an emergency if needed. You may need to have someone drive you to work for the first few days you go back to work. ...Read more

Dr. Dora Chizea Dr. Chizea
Anti-Aging Medicine
44 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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I had an open inguinal hernia repair with mesh almost 2 weeks ago and the pain seems worse this week than last. Very tight and stiff feeling. Normal?

I had an open inguinal hernia repair with mesh almost 2 weeks ago and the pain seems worse this week than last. Very tight and stiff feeling. Normal?

Post-op pain recheck: 29 year old male says "had an open inguinal hernia repair with mesh almost 2 weeks ago and the pain seems worse this week than last. Very tight and stiff feeling. Normal?" There are many more questions the Doctor could ask, bottom-line when a post-op pain persists or gets worse person should go back to the surgeon for evaluation/ management as indicated. ...Read more

Dr. Zachary Veres Dr. Veres
Family Medicine
14 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. M. Hytham Beck Dr. Beck
Surgery
39 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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Hi,I had an open Inguinal hernia repair without mesh ten days ago and I feel ok now.I wanna know when can I back to gym and workout with high strain .

Hi,I had an open Inguinal hernia repair without mesh ten days ago and I feel ok now.I wanna know when can I back to gym and workout with high strain .

Why?: nobody since 1990 will repair a hernia without the screen sorry to be the one that give you the bad news. I know you are in Iran , and they might be doing things differently there. or they might not have the screen because of the economic boycott, but repair the hernia without a screen will increase your chance to have a recurrence from 5-10% to 35-40% go back to regular workout you need 3 months. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin Dr. Lin
Urology
47 years in practice
Kaohsiung Medical University
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10d since my open inguinal hernia repair. A painless, hard lump, like a thick cord has appeared in my scrotum (side of incision). What could it be?

10d since my open inguinal hernia repair. A painless, hard lump, like a thick cord has appeared in my scrotum (side of incision). What could it be?

Here are some ...: At times, some hardening along spermatic cord resulting from some local blood infiltration after hernia repair may occur and takes time to resolve slowly. if not resolved in 2-3 months, seek pro-evaluation for confirmation and counseling. ...Read more

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc Dr. Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
University of Medicine and Pharmacy 'Carol Davila'
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On june 6 husband had open inguinal hernia repair.woke up today with swollen itchy face,benadryl (diphenhydramine) didn't help.what do you think it is?

On june 6 husband had open inguinal hernia repair.woke up today with swollen itchy face,benadryl (diphenhydramine) didn't help.what do you think it is?

Not related: The rash is not likely to be related to the surgery. It can be drug or food allergy, drug either direct allergy or through photo sensitivity and sun burn. The critical question is if this mostly facial swelling and not rash. That will change significantly the differential diagnosis towards kidney versus vascular issues, among others. ...Read more

Dr. Rowan French Dr. French
Surgery
27 years in practice
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Extremely painful fluid build up under skin after open mesh inguinal hernia repair. How common is this, and how long does it usually last?

Extremely painful fluid build up under skin after open mesh inguinal hernia repair. How common is this, and how long does it usually last?

Likely Seroma : The most common cause is build up of clear fluid called Seroma due to interruption of minor lymphatic vessels. If minor and minimal symptoms may resolve by itself, if sore and tense may need to be drawn off with a needle ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Colantino Dr. Colantino
Internal Medicine
57 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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A week long cough 130 days after open mesh inguinal hernia repair now have a stinging pain when i cough, step/lay or stretch a certain way. Concerned?

A week long cough 130 days after open mesh inguinal hernia repair now have a stinging pain when i cough, step/lay or stretch a certain way. Concerned?

The cough: You need to find out what is causing the cough and if the cough is persistent talk to your doctor who may prescribe a cough medicine for you. Perhaps the scarring at the incision site has made the area more sensitive to pain but you really need to call this to the surgeon's attention if this persists after you have recovered from the cough. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Hoepfner Dr. Hoepfner
Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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7 months after open mesh inguinal hernia repair occasional stabbing pain in area below scar when having sex, exercising or feeling gassy. Normal or no?

Likely: This is normal and from temporary skin nerve discomfort. This occurs in the skin below the scar. As the skin numbness wears off there is nerve hypersensitivity that burns or stings. This gradually resolves as the nerves heal. See your surgeon if it does not resolve. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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Which is the best type of inguinal hernia repair open or liproscrapic?

Which is the best type of inguinal hernia repair open or liproscrapic?

Surgery: It all depends on your anatomy. Both options are valid options. Your surgeon will give you their opinion on what you specifically need. None of us here would do anything but defer to your surgeon on the ground taking care of you in person. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner Dr. Hoepfner
Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Should I try the Shouldice clinic/method for a recurrent inguinal hernia repair, given the first repair was open mesh?

Should I try the Shouldice clinic/method for a recurrent inguinal hernia repair, given the first repair was open mesh?

You can try: any major medical center. Shouldice Center in Canada may be fine. There may be a facility closer to you that does laparoscopic repairs of recurrent hernias too. Ask your doctor about the specialists in your region. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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Inguinal hernia repair?

Several: Commom problem with usual clear diagnosis traditional open surgery with good long term laparoscopic with mesh most with good results. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
454 doctors shared insights

Inguinal Hernia (Definition)

An inguinal hernia is a hernia that occurs in the inguinal region (groin). It passes out throughout the muscle in a canal near the spermatic ...Read more


Dr. David Earle
129 doctors shared insights

Inguinal Hernia Repair (Definition)

The repair if a defect in the inguinal canal this is usually performed with mesh. It can be ...Read more