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Open Inguinal Hernia Repair Recovery
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
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
General surgeon: See a general surgeon for a consult. Most inguinal hernia repairs are performed through a groin incision an use mesh. With enough training an experience, many surgeons perform the repairs laparoscopically. Th laparoscopic technique has less pain and recovery time than the open technique, but only when done by a surgeon with enough experience. Both don't require postop activity restrictions. ...Read more
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
"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
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
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
I had right side open inguinal hernia repair with mesh a little over a year ago. However I have reduced sensation in the right side of my penis.?
Infrequent: Surgical complication but it will get better ...Read more
2yrs postop open inguinal hernia repair. Repair fine says surgeon, but intermittent discomfort in the area. Ideas as to cause (s), ways to minimize?
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.
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
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?
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
Extremely painful fluid build up under skin after open mesh inguinal hernia repair. How common is this, and how long does it usually last?
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
I had an open right inguinal hernia repair 4 wks ago. I've noticed that I havedeveloped what feel like 3 hard works radiating away from incision.
Surgeon: These could be retained stitches, mesh or simply scars. The operating SURGEON is best qualified to evaluate and advise you. ...Read more
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
I had bilateral inguinal hernia repair March 9 this year. Female. Open incision on both sides. Numb from incision to thighs. Extremely swelling in?
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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?
Closing the hole: An inguinal hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall in one or more of three locations in the groin. When the hole permits transit of intra-abdominal contents, and requires repair, most techniques occlude the hole with some type of mesh using either the most common open, or less common laparoscopic technique. ...Read more
Inguinal hernia: The repair if a defect in the inguinal canal this is usually performed with mesh. It can be done open or laparoscopic. ...Read more
"weeks": Following laparoscopic repair, most people will require narcotic pain medication for 2-3 days, may return to a desk job in one week, and be back to full activities in 3 weeks. Following open repair, these times are often doubled. Of course, results may vary depending on the size of the hernia and the pain threshold of the patient. ...Read more
Lap and open:
Laparoscopic has three small incisions and uses mesh. Hernia is reduced and patch is put in front of it, in pre-peritoneal space. Make sure the procedure is done tep.
Open has one incision approx 4-7cm in length in the groin and also uses a mesh. Hernia is also reduced and patch is placed over it.
Both almost equal down time. Both good long-term. I myself prefer lap. ...Read more
YourSurgeonKnowsBest: Pain following hernia surgery is common & expected, varying quite a bit depending on the type of hernia & method of repair. Within days-to-weeks, the pain dissipates quite a bit. If possible, it is often best to take anti-inflammatories rather than narcotics to rx the pain. I advise you to contact your surgeon for specific recommendations. ...Read more