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Recovery Time After Inguinal Hernia Surgery
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?
There: 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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Variable: 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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Up to 6 weeks: Depending on the type of repair, it can take between 1 and 6 weeks to recover. If you have a laparoscopic repair it can take between 1-2 weeks to recover, and if it is open, depending on the recommendations of your surgeon, it can take bewtween two and 6 weeks for full recovery ...Read more
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.
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?
You may: 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. ...Read more
I had inguinal hernia surgery 2 days back. I can't poop properly. Just farting. What I can do? Each time I feel and ready to poop I can't cause of pain
Hydrate/stool soften: Make sure you stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of fluid - about 2L per day, especially while recovering from surgery. If you are taking narcotic pain medication, you should also take a stool softener which may help, such as colace (docusate sodium). And most of all, don't worry, the poop will come out soon. If the problem gets worse, call your surgeon. Hope this helps! ...Read more
What is involved in the two week follow up exam after inguinal hernia surgery? Is this the only follow up appointment?
Possible but...: At least, one postop visit after inguinal heniorrhaphy is reasonable to check how the "wound" heals and if the postop resolution has been as expected, and give some advice for future lifestyle. More? Ask Doc face to face, and don't leave related doubts in mind. Best wish. .. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
5 weeks after inguinal hernia surgery now for last 3 days area suddenly feels stiff with occasional pain and heaviness like a brick. Is it normal?
I don't think: This is normal, but I can't imagine anything going on 5 weeks post op. Show it to your surgeon. Maybe mesh reaction, if you had one placed. ...Read more
I am having ED after inguinal hernia surgery. A mesh was placed in me. I am very worried, I will not be the same. Can I have an explanation of to why.
Is having discomfort and minor aches approximately one year after inguinal hernia surgery normal?
Yes and no: If the pain started after some physical activity like a heavy lifting it could be normal pending how the hernia was repaired open or laproscopic with or without screen or mesh. It it happen without any incident then it is not normal. Take ibuprofen 600-800 mg after each meal for a week. Either way if pain persisted see your doctor ...Read more
Is it ok to lift weight upto 20 kg and resume normal work activities 8 weeks after inguinal hernia surgery?
Hernia surgery: Routinely 8 weeks should be fine, you should check with your surgeon. ...Read more
Sounds normal: One testicle almost always hangs lower than the other; this is normal in all men. (Most commonly the left is lower, but it can go either way.) I'm guessing it's always been that way for you and you're now just looking more closely. Hernia surgery is not likely to make much difference -- but even if it does, it's not a health concern. ...Read more
Is it normal to have discomfort near and below incision site one year after inguinal hernia surgery on right side?
Here are some...: The reported lingering discomfort near and below the incision for inguinal herniorrhaphy is nothing uncommon and may eventual fade away, but could last forever. Despite such uncertainty, doing nothing if tolerable is still the most practical care after learning how to adopt and adapt to such postoperative consequence, although very occasionally additional invasive procedure may be needed. ...Read more
What are symptoms of nerve entrapment/injury after inguinal hernia surgery. And if exist how to detect that one is nerve entrapment?
Clinical: Sharp/burning/lancinating pain traveling from the incision to the pubic area, scrotum, or thigh, tingling sensation in these area, pain with stretching, coughing/sneezing, pain relief w/ local anesthetic injection are usually diagnostic. Imaging study (e.g. Mri, us) is rarely needed. Symptoms may occur soon after surgery, or months to years later. Neurectomy has a 90% cure rate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Inguinal or groin hernias are very common. They can be repaired with an incision over the groin, or with laparoscopic syrgery. The surgery is performed with some form of anesthesia. Mesh is a soft woven material often used in hernia surgery to help prevent the hernia from returning in the future. Usually it is an outpatient procedure with a 4-6 recovery before doing ...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
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