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Had a para umbilical hernia repair done 5yrs ago. Now I'm pregnant at 6wks. I'm a gonna have serious complications through out the pregnancy. Help

Had a para umbilical hernia repair done 5yrs ago. Now I'm pregnant at 6wks. I'm a gonna have serious complications through out the pregnancy. Help

Fear not: What makes you think you will have serious complications? Has your hernia recurred? If not, there is only a small chance pregnancy would lead to a recurrence.

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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 will a future pregnancy be affected if I have an umbilical hernia repair? (not sure whether stitches or mesh) but will I have pulling/tugging/pain

How will a future pregnancy be affected if I have an umbilical hernia repair? (not sure whether stitches or mesh) but will I have pulling/tugging/pain

Usually no problem: Usually the surgeon will repair the umbilical hernia by placing a piece of synthetic, sterile mesh and sometimes closing the fascia overtop of the mesh. This repair is quite strong once healed. So there is a small chance that the hernia could come back during or after pregnancy, but the risk is small if you have healed for several weeks before getting pregnant.

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I'm having umbilical hernia repair with mesh, will future pregnancy be effected or effect the repair and will my belly button be an innie again?

I'm having umbilical hernia repair with mesh, will future pregnancy be effected or effect the repair and will my belly button be an innie again?

Umbilical hernia...: This repair is quite strong once healed. So there is a small chance that the hernia could come back during or after pregnancy, but the risk is small if you have healed for several weeks before getting pregnant. As far as having an "innie", talk to your doctor about whether they address this cosmetic concern with the procedure.

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When can I have sex after umbilical hernia repair?

When can I have sex after umbilical hernia repair?

Umbilical hernia sex: Ask your surgeon. Most will say keep it cool for a couple of weeks but please double check with the doctor. Some doctors are very funny about postoperative instructions. There is an on call person at all times that should be able to help. Good luck and good health!

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How can I assist sleeping after umbilical hernia repair?

How can I assist sleeping after umbilical hernia repair?

Pain/sleep meds: The amount of pain after umbilical hernia repair depends on if it was done open (single incision) or laparoscopically (multiple tiny incisions). You may need narcotic pain meds (norco, vicodin, percocet, tylenol (acetaminophen) #3) or tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen) for a week or so after surgery. You can also take over-the-counter sleep aid medications from the drug store, or get a prescription for ambien, etc.

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What to do about infection 3 months after umbilical hernia repair?

What to do about infection 3 months after umbilical hernia repair?

Depends: It depends on the type of repair and the specific location of the infection within the abdominal wall. If mesh or permanent sutures were used, AND are involved in the infection, they may need to be removed. If the infection is only in the skin (no pus, red skin only), then antibiotics may suffice. Best to get an evaluation from your surgeon. You can also ask for a second opinion if warranted.

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When will the swelling go down after umbilical hernia repair surgery?

When will the swelling go down after umbilical hernia repair surgery?

Swelling post-op: Swelling occurs after any type surgery, including hernia surgery. This swelling gets maximal over the first day or so. It normally takes a few weeks for most of the swelling to disappear. It may take 6-8 weeks for the swelling to completely dissipate.

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How long does swelling last after umbilical hernia repair? I am 46 years old, at a healthy weight, and exercised for 60+ minutes before the surgery.

~4 days: It depends on how big the hernia was, how much dissection the surgeon had to do, and if it was done open (single larger incision) or laparoscopically (tiny incisions and a video camera). Usually, most of the swelling should be fading by about 4 days after surgery.

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How soon can you start exercising after umbilical hernia repair?

How soon can you start exercising after umbilical hernia repair?

Depends: It really depends on the size, use of mesh, surgical technique, surgeon preference and patient factors (diabetes, smoking, obesity, steroids, etc). Most people heal completely in 6 weeks. Some surgeons give no restrictions, others recommend waiting 2-3 weeks, and other surgeons want 6-8 weeks. The best thing to do is follow what your surgeon recommended.

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Is it normal to still have pain after 7 or so months after umbilical hernia repair with mesh?

Is it normal to still have pain after 7 or so months after umbilical hernia repair with mesh?

Maybe: Some intermittent, mild discomfort is common, but more severe pain is not. Call your surgeon for a follow up exam.

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Does umbilical hernia repair require hospitalisation?

No: Usually an outpatient surgery at a hospital or surgery center. Can go home after recovered from the anesthetic. Unless the surgery is being performed for some uncommon emergency.

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What's recovery time for an umbilical hernia repair.?

What's recovery time for an umbilical hernia repair.?

Short: Most umbilical hernia repairs are done outpatient and require a very short recovery. If you do a lot of liftinig, bending and stooping and straining your time for recovery may be longer (~2-4 weeks). If you have a less strenuous vocation, then perhaps less than a week to up to 2 weeks. It will depend on your size, condition, health and complications and your doctor's opinion.

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

Umb Hernia Repair: A surgical procedure where a defect (hole) in the abdominal wall at the belly button or umbilicus is closed. This can be accomplished with sutures, mesh, or both. The procedure can be done with general or local anesthesia, and the patient is usually discharged home the same day.

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Umbilical hernia repair burning 2years after?

Nonspecific: Many people have a variety of mild sensations in and around the area where a her is repair was performed for years. Usually they are not serious. If the symptoms are severe, limit activities, or persistent, you should have an exam by a primary care provider, or ideally your surgeon. Hope this helps!

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How long do I have to wait to have sex after a umbilical hernia repair?

How long do I have to wait to have sex after a umbilical hernia repair?

Check it out: Best to ask the doc who did the surgery. If ther were complications may have to wait longer.

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Would having a circumaortic renal collar effect surgery for a small umbilical hernia repair?

It should not.: Umbilical hernia repair is a superficial surgery to the abdominal wall and should not be affected by an internal problem such as circumaortic renal collar. Circumaortic renal collar can be hazardous in retroperitoneal surgery (surgery involving the posterior part of the abdominal cavity), and then usually only if it is not previous known about. Umbilical hernias are located anteriorly.

Dr. David Earle
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Umbilical Hernia (Definition)

This is a hole in the abdominal wall at the belly button, the location of the umbilical cord during fetal development. It usually closes by itself as it fills with scar tissue. Infants with a hernia here usually resolve by age 4-5. Adults may develop a hole here for unknown reasons, and will see a lump under the skin ("outie") where intra-abdominal contents have ...Read more


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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more