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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
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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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. 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. 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