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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

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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How do I deal with an inguinal hernia repair and recovery

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

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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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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Who does inguinal hernia repair.?

Who does inguinal hernia repair.?

General surgeons: Inguinal hernia repair is done by mostly general surgeons, however certain general surgeons will do only hernia surgery only. ...Read more

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What exactly is an inguinal hernia repair?

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

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If nothing is in it do I need inguinal hernia repair?

Yes: If you have inguinal hernia of moderate size and even though no contents now, (empty) elective surgery advised most of the time for fear of incarceration, or careful observation. See your surgeon and decide. ...Read more

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How long after an inguinal hernia repair can I return to hockey?

Hockey hard core: Six weeks is where you reach 90% maximum healing

if you rupture a repair its harder to repair and longer recuperation

so I am sure your surgeon gave you instructions

follow them for your own good! ...Read more

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

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

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

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How long should it take to recover from an inguinal hernia repair?

How long should it take to recover from an inguinal hernia repair?

"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

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Could I have a step by step explanation of inguinal hernia repair.?

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

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I am having operative pain relating to inguinal hernia repair. What to do?

I am having operative pain relating to inguinal hernia repair. What to do?

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

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What medication is prescribed after an inguinal hernia repair? Please give me some examples

It depends...: For inguinal hernia repair, I usually prescribe Motrin and percocet. An ice pack can also help with post-operative pain. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What can be done if the mesh used in an inguinal hernia repair migrated. Could it cause any damage?

Damage rare: The migrated mesh most of the time will find its own space stay dormant, how ever if it is on a major vein or artery creates pressure on them may erode and cause massive bleeding, may cause gut erosions and form abscess and fistulas. But rare, . ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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
130 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