recovery time after inguinal hernia surgery

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How long does it take to recover from inguinal hernia surgery? I’m having surgery to repair an inguinal hernia. What is the recovery like? How long before I can lift and carry things again?

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There are several different ways to repair an inguinal hernia. A traditional repair involves an incision over the area of the hernia and the placement of a plastic mesh material to plug or cover the defect. Alternatively, your surgeon may perform a laparoscopic hernia repair which involves making a few incisions near your navel and placing mesh in front of the hernia. Generally, the recovery from a laparoscopic hernia repair is shorter and involves less pain. One can usually return to regular activities within a few days to a week. Traditional hernia repairs usually require a longer recovery (3-5 weeks) but can be performed under local anesthetic meaning the patient does not have to have a full general anesthetic. This is beneficial for some patients who may not tolerate general anesthesia. You should speak with your surgeon about all your options as every patient has unique conditions which may influence how the surgeon may recommend proceeding.
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Dr. Barry Rosen answered:

How long waiting time for inguinal hernia surgery?

Variable

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The timing of surgery depends on whether any pre operative evauation is necessary with other doctors, the urgency of the operation, & the surgeon's schedule. In the US, I believe that most surgeons can schedule a hernia operation within a few weeks after initial evaluation.
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Dr. Peter J. Lydon answered:

What period of time for intercourse after an inguinal hernia surgery?

No restriction

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anytime that you are comfortable. It will not cause harm to the repair.
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Dr. ROBERT Uyeda answered:

M28, had inguinal hernia surgery with prolene mesh, 45 days back. At that time my ESR was 2 and now it is 31, could this be from reaction to mesh.

Very unlikely

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Prolene is polypropylene, very inert and non reactive. Elevated ESR to that level can be caused by any inflammatory condition. You should look to another source for this lab test abnormality.
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Dr. D J answered:

I had an inguinal hernia surgery in 2010(open repair)if I have scar tissue around spermatic cord.will I feel pain all the time or just when ejaculate?

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Pain after any hernia operation is common though it usually resolves in a few months. Scarring of the cord or cremaster muscles is probably causing this. Repeating surgery usually doesn't solve this. Steroid injection treatments may help. Applying heat or a hot bath may help. With time, this usually becomes less of an issue. If you feel a mass or bulge that comes and goes, see the surgeon.
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After inguinal hernia surgery is the pain worse the next day?

Incisional pain

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You are experiencing incisional pain which can last a few days after surgery. It should settle down in a few days as will the swelling that is expected after surgery. Hope this helps.
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After inguinal hernia surgery could there be scar tissue in scrotum?

Maybe

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If the hernia was large & extended into the scrotum before the surgery, then scar can form temporarily. Or there can be temporary scrotal swelling after hernia surgery that could feel like scar tissue. See your surgeon for an exam.
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When after inguinal hernia surgery will I be able to stand up straight?

Right away

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Can walk and stand up straight right after surgery without causing harm.
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Dr. Joey Bluhm answered:

Is lower back pain common after inguinal hernia surgery? How long can that last?

Unusual

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I haven't had many patients complain of back pain after inguinal hernia surgery. It may have been due to the positioning during surgery. Some clinics will do hernia surgery under an epidural anethesia and this can cause back pain. See your surgeon and discuss your pain with him.
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Dr. Gabriel Goren answered:

After inguinal hernia surgery is it true that I won't get another hernia again?

Not true

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While the surgeon tries his best rarely recurrent hernia can be a problem. Hope for the best and good luck!
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