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Post Operative Care For Hernia Surgery
Repairs weakness: There are several types of hernia surgery, the most common is inguinal and is best handled as an outpatient with local anesthesia. Here small intestine slides out of the groin or inguinal canal and this opening is closed preventing bowel from sliding out. A ventral hernia is a weakness in the belly wall and usually requires some type of mesh to give the belly wall strength.
There are a variety or several types of hernias, and many are repaired differently. A hernia is a weakness in the abdominal wall (such as inguinal, umbilical, incisional) or diaphragm (hiatal hernia). Surgery to repair the hernia can involve use of sutures, and possible use of mesh. Open or laparoscopic surgery can be a means to repair hernias, with laparoscopic ...Read more
Probably not: Sharp pains that go away as quick as they came usually are not problems that are serious. If the pain is persistent, or worsening then you should see you surgeon as soon as possible. Pain after hernia surgery is very common, but should be gradually improving each week.See 1 more doctor answer
See below: Nerve discomfort to the skin can temporarily result in a sharp or burning feeling around the surgical site. That discomfort resolves as the surgical site heals. See your surgeon to be sure that you are healing properly.
Should not: Inguinal or groin hernia surgery should not affect fertility in a male. However, complex hernia or hernia repair that was extensive could involve the spermatic cord on rare occasion. Talk to your doctor and discuss you concerns. Bring your wife so that all parties discuss openly. There are many reasons for difficultly in getting pregnant. Avoid any blame and support each other.
Uncommon: Fortunately, complications are uncommon after hernia repair, but they can be serious when they happen. Specific to hernia repair, chronic pain and hernia recurrence occur about 5% of the time or less for small, uncomplicated hernia repairs that are typically performed as an outpatient. Not all hernias are equal however, and a general surgeon may be able to give you specifics for your case.
Depends: If you do heavy lifting expect 4-6 weeks. If light work desk job you can go back as soon as you want. You should write down all your questions and ask the surgeon during your consultation.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It's a complicated question, and has to do with the location, surgeon, and anesthesia components of the cost. In the us, this operation is covered by essentially all insurance companies. If you're outside the us looking at private clinics, don't always go for the cheapest price. Research quality if you can, but its tough to do.
Varies, insurance: Insurance should cover the cost of surgery. The total bill may a few thousand dollars, depending on how big the hernia is, how complex it is, if you have to stay in the hospital afterwards, and if it's done open (single larger incision) or laparoscopically (multiple tiny incisions and a video camera). If you have to stay in the hospital, then the bill would be many thousands of dollars.See 2 more doctor answers
Right away: Although you may have some discomfort, you will be able to stand and walk immediately after your hernia surgery.
Unclear: I'm not sure what you're referring to. In case you're referring to a fluid collection where the lump used to be, this is known as a seroma, and usually takes on the order of weeks to months for the body to absorb the fluid on its own. Hope this helps!
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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