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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?

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

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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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How much time after inguinal hernia surgery can I drink alcohol again?

How much time after inguinal hernia surgery can I drink alcohol again?

Common sense: I would wait until the anesthesia wears off (1 day) and you are no longer taking narcotic pain medication. Best of luck with the hernia repair! ...Read more

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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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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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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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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?

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

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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

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After inguinal hernia surgery is the pain worse the next day?

Incisional pain: 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. ...Read more

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

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

Not true: While the surgeon tries his best rarely recurrent hernia can be a problem. Hope for the best and good luck! ...Read more

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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 more

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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

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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.

Unusual: It would be highly unusual to have long-term or permanent ED after undergoing inguinal hernia surgery with mesh placement. May be due to postop pain for now. Are you still having pain? Please check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it ok to start lifting weights 14 weeks after inguinal hernia surgery?

Is it ok to start lifting weights 14 weeks after inguinal hernia surgery?

Check with surgeon: You need to check with your surgeon as the type and extent of the surgery will be known to him/her and the best advice given. ...Read more

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Is having discomfort and minor aches approximately one year after inguinal hernia surgery normal?

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

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What if one testicle now hangs lower after inguinal hernia surgery? Is this normal?

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

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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

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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 more

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After inguinal hernia surgery could there be scar tissue in scrotum?

After inguinal hernia surgery could there be scar tissue in scrotum?

Maybe: 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. ...Read more

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Can I masturbate gently 5 days after inguinal hernia surgery? I'm having wet dreams already.

Can I masturbate gently 5 days after inguinal hernia surgery? I'm having wet dreams already.

Not a problem: There are no current recommendations to avoid masturbation after hernia repair. Be sure that you may experience some discomfort, but this is definitely safe. Do not be afraid. ...Read more

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70 days after inguinal hernia surgery I still feel mild pain above my testicle as if someone is squeezing it. Is this normal?

70 days after inguinal hernia surgery I still feel mild pain above my testicle as if someone is squeezing it. Is this normal?

Not Uncommon: Two months after hernia repair your body is still healing--the pain you are describing is understandable. However, this pain should lessen in time--if it is getting worse, it would be wise to return to see your surgeon. Occasionally, nerves are irritated by this operation that can be blocked if chronic pain develops. ...Read more

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70 days after inguinal hernia surgery I still feel mild pain above my testicle as if someone is squeezing it. Is this normal?

70 days after inguinal hernia surgery I still feel mild pain above my testicle as if someone is squeezing it. Is this normal?

Could be, but...: Some lingering ache/pain as described is at times expected in few, and usually nothing needs to be done but just watch and see as long as slowly but surely getting better week by week. Very occasionally, the post-herniorrhapy may be unbearable and requires nerve block with or without neurectomy, that is, severing off a selected nerve fiber. More? Go to http://sick-ask. Com/onDealSickness. Html. ...Read more

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6 months after inguinal hernia surgery (mesh) Is it normal to have shooting pains and tingles the next day after exercising, eg running, short sprints?

Inguinal hernia: Its very well possible. Probably what you are experiencing is scar tissue or mesh or both affecting / irritating the inguinal nerve. ...Read more

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Is it normal 2 days after inguinal hernia surgery that went deep into my scrotum to swell up so much that it looks like I still have the hernia?

Is it normal 2 days after inguinal hernia surgery that went deep into my scrotum to swell up so much that it looks like I still have the hernia?

Yes some times: It happens, the blood gavottes in to scrotum causing huge swelling, it will disappear in wk to months time, speak to your surgeon ...Read more

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

Unusual: 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. ...Read more

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Suffer retractile testicles after inguinal hernia surgery. Will this go away or stay like this forever? It's been 2.5 months. Any tips to make it go?

Suffer retractile testicles after inguinal hernia surgery. Will this go away or stay like this forever? It's been 2.5 months. Any tips to make it go?

Should stop: I admit I don't have any research to quote you, but in my experience this somewhat atypical problem should be self limited. You could try applying warm heat to the scrotum, in the privacy of your own home, of course. This would cause the cremasteric muscles to relax to drop the testicles away from the groin. It's worth a shot. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is drinking alcohol 2 days after inguinal hernia surgery ok or will it increase bruising in groin area?

Is drinking alcohol 2 days after inguinal hernia surgery ok or will it increase bruising in groin area?

A couple drinks OK: Excessive drinking can affect your liver's function. .. Which might cause more bruising, but in general won't have any effect. A couple of drinks is ok. Good luck with your hernia repair. .. I hope you're having it done laparoscopically!
regards, dr. T. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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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


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