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When do I replace the bandage after laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair?

When do I replace the bandage after laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair?

No need: Usually, there are only small tapes over the incisions that come off on their own within a week or two. As long as the wound is dry, no need for a bandage. If you're still unsure, call your surgeon. Hope this helps! ...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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Why is an open inguinal hernia repair better than a laparoscopic hernia repair?

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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6 weeks after laparoscopic, bilateral inguinal hernia repair with mesh, should I still have significant swelling of the groin?

6 weeks after laparoscopic, bilateral inguinal hernia repair with mesh, should I still have significant swelling of the groin?

Talk to the surgeon: It is about the time the swelling will be subsiding, some times it may take little longer depending on the extent of dissection, speak to the surgeon. ...Read more

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Had inguinal hernia repair surgery 5 weeks ago laparoscopically. I feel a slight bulge where the hernia used to be when I lean back/cough. Recurrence?

Had inguinal hernia repair surgery 5 weeks ago laparoscopically. I feel a slight bulge where the hernia used to be when I lean back/cough. Recurrence?

Wait and see: To early to assume recurrence. Wait untl surrounding tissues are completely healed, 4-6 weeks and then if the bulge is still there examination should determine if it is truly a recurrence or just a palpable abdominal wall weakness. ...Read more

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I had Laparascopic inguinal hernia repair. I had pain and urethra trauma from the bladder cath. Why cath NON indicated patients with empty bladder?

I had Laparascopic inguinal hernia repair. I had pain and urethra trauma from the bladder cath. Why cath NON indicated patients with empty bladder?

Depends: The most common problem facing patients immediately after surgery is that of urinary retention, the inability to pass urine. This is a side effect of the anesthesia and is usually relieved after a few hours. If urinary retention is prolonged, you may have a catheter inserted into your urethra. The catheter is left overnight and removed in the morning. I would ask the surgeon why you needed the Catheter. I am sorry that you were traumatized. ...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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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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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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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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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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What does an inguinal hernia repair operation entail?

Many types: There are two main categories of repair - open and laparoscopic. Both are generally done as outpatient operations. The variety of open techniques are performed by about 80% is surgeons, and lap about 20%. Open techniques are slightly more painful and associated with a slightly longer recovery. ...Read more

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Is it possible for inguinal hernia repair to cause fertility?

Doubtful: While anything is possible, and there have been a few reports of this, there have only been a few reported out of millions of repairs. I have had experience where there was a couple with difficulty conceiving, them they got pregnant after the hernia repair. ...Read more

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After inguinal hernia repair should the bulge still be present?

Yes: After any surgery, a ridge develops where the incision is. This is called the proud or healing ridge and slowly disappears over a four month period. In a some patients it is quite pronounced and causes concern. If you have any question about your wound, you need to see your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the risks of having inguinal hernia repair surgery?

Can you tell me the risks of having inguinal hernia repair surgery?

Relatively safe: Surgery, one of the most commonly performed, low risk ambulatory surgical procedure. Possible to have recurrence, rare instances possible to have persistent pains, testicular atrophy, speak to your surgeon for benefits and risks of the procedure. ...Read more

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Is there much post operative pain relating to inguinal hernia repair?

Is there much post operative pain relating to inguinal hernia repair?

Moderate: It depends on the type of repair that you have. In general, open (large incision) hernia repair has more pain and disability than a laparoscopic (small incision) hernia repair, but it depends a lot on you and your pain tolerance. Your surgeon's techniques also play a role. Most people require moderate narcotics after surgery to control their pain. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a bulge where I had inguinal hernia repair years ago?

May be recurrence: See your surgeon, may be repair broke down, and hernia recurred. ...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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Is it normal to have post operative pain relating to inguinal hernia repair?

Yes: Usually goes away in a few weeks, if it persists for months, may be caused by scar tissue around sensory nerve in the area. Injections of numbing medication can help, rarely reoperation to cut the nerve is needed. ...Read more

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What's best for inguinal hernia repair artificial mesh or acellular dermal matrixes?

Artificial: Studies have shown over and over that artificial mesh is the best for a hernia operation. Dermal matrices do not work for an inguinal hernia. An artificial mesh is the standard of care for inguinal hernias. ...Read more

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Can I wait 2 months for an inguinal hernia repair or should I ask for the surgery sooner?

Can I wait 2 months for an inguinal hernia repair or should I ask for the surgery sooner?

It depends on....: ...The size of the hernia and it's potential for bowel to get "incarcerated" within the sac. If the hernia is small and easily reducible, there should be no problem waiting a few months. The best judge of this would be the surgeon who saw you--i am certain they would have an opinion. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had right inguinal hernia repair three years ago. Is there any chance of recurrence. What activities should I avoid.

I had right inguinal hernia repair three years ago. Is there any chance of recurrence. What activities should I avoid.

A chance: There is a chance of recurrence depending on the experience of your surgeon. I give my post-op hernia patients no restrictions, especially 3 years later. ...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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Had an inguinal hernia repair about 10 days ago, less pain but above the cut have a hard swelling, it is normal, will the swelling subside.

Had an inguinal hernia repair about 10 days ago, less pain but above the cut have a hard swelling, it is normal, will the swelling subside.

Yes it will: In couple of wks every thing will be normal once healing process is complete. Make sure to go back to your surgeon for a post OP follow up visit. ...Read more

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I had surgery for a inguinal hernia repair about 5 1/2 years ago. I'm starting to have the same symptoms as the first one, can it happen twice?  

Sure.: Most inguinal hernia repairs are permanent, but you can have a recurrent hernia for many different reasons. But, there are other conditions that have some symptoms similar to an inguinal hernia. Your doctor can probably sort this out pretty quickly with an exam. ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Anyone know the best method to date for inguinal hernia repair;the best I found is: lichtenstein tension-free?

Anyone know the best method to date for inguinal hernia repair;the best I found is: lichtenstein tension-free?

Define "best": Important measures of success include the recurrence rate, recovery, and complication rate. The lichtenstein method (open repair with mesh) is an excellent option but I often prefer laparoscopic repair, especially for "double" (bilateral) and recurrent hernias, due to the shorter recovery time. ...Read more

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It's been about a week since my inguinal hernia repair and I am feeling great. Should I be feeling this great. This may seem as a crazy question.

Yes crazy, OK: We heal at different rates. Lack of pain or limitation arriving earlier than "usual" post-operatively is a good thing. No problem! ...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