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Dr. Diane Minich
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Hernia Surgery (Definition)

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


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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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I have been experiencing a burning or stabbing pain 3 weeks after inguinal hernia surgery. it comes and goes a few times a day. is this normal?

I have been experiencing a burning or stabbing pain 3 weeks after inguinal hernia surgery. it comes and goes a few times a day. is this normal?

Not really: Call your doctor, surgeon to let her/him know of this. You want to make sure the mesh is in place and not out of place stabbing you, or pushing on something that it shouldn't be. You have 90 days of post op care that's prepaid with your surgery. So, don't delay. Your surgeon needs to know this information. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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About 5 months after inguinal hernia surgery the area under incision is stll numb and at times dimfficult to walk my famy MD says it is normal.Is it?

About 5 months after inguinal hernia surgery the area under incision is stll numb and at  times dimfficult to walk my famy MD says it is normal.Is it?

The numbness is okay: -it may always be there. After a time you will not notice it. As far as interfering with walking this is not okay. Get back to your surgeon an have an evaluation & referrals if needed. ...Read more

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M31, after inguinal hernia surgery in gen. Anesthesia I felt difficulties in breathing n vomited several times. Do I have lung disease?

M31, after inguinal hernia surgery in gen. Anesthesia I felt difficulties in breathing n vomited several times. Do I have lung disease?

Not necessarily: most likely due to temporary reaction of anesthetic medications which may take few hours to clear from your body. Speak to your doctor if you have ' lung disease ' will tell you . ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Lydon
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What period of time for intercourse after an inguinal hernia surgery?

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

No restriction: Anytime that you are comfortable. It will not cause harm to the repair. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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How long waiting time for inguinal hernia surgery?

How long waiting time for inguinal hernia surgery?

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 more

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Dr. Emily Solow
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How much time will it take me to recover from inguinal hernia surgery?

How much time will it take me to recover from inguinal hernia surgery?

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

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Dr. Richard Jamison
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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?

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 more

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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.

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: 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. ...Read more

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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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Inguinal Hernia Surgery (Definition)

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


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