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Pain 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
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
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
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
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
Is it possible that my hydrocele was cured during my bilateral inguinal hernia repair, laparascopic.
Hydrocele: Yes. Of course. The fluid very well may have reabsorbed. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I had right inguinal hernia repair three years ago. Is there any chance of recurrence. What activities should I avoid.
Extremely painful fluid build up under skin after open mesh inguinal hernia repair. How common is this, and how long does it usually last?
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
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?
My middle aged husband has suffered severe ED since his inguinal hernia repair with mesh about 6 years ago. He had absolutely no symptoms of ED prior.
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
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
"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
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
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
M58, is second inguinal hernia repair possible. First was done in traditional manner without mesh.
What can be done if the mesh used in an inguinal hernia repair migrated. Could it cause any damage?
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
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