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Dr. David Earle
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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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When would a person have to get an umbilical hernia repair surgery?

When would a person have to get an umbilical hernia repair surgery?

Size, Symptoms: The biggest risk of any hernia is the potential for bowel to get stuck (incarcerated) within the hernia, necessitating emergency surgery to prevent intestinal death. If an umbilical hernia has reached a size where this is a real risk, or if the pain from the hernia is interfering with one's daily activities, surgery should be strongly considered. Best bet: see a surgeon for their opinion. ...Read more

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Can umbilical hernia repair surgery be affected by doing light cardio and lifting light weights (10lbs max) two weeks after surgery?

Can umbilical hernia repair surgery be affected by doing light cardio and lifting light weights (10lbs max) two weeks after surgery?

See below: 2 weeks is the usual time given after umbilical or inguinal hernia repair. If I were you I would wait 4 weeks. It is a lot better than to have to have the hernia recur.Speedy recovery. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor does umbilical hernia repair surgery?

What kind of doctor does umbilical hernia repair surgery?

General Surgeon: Most general surgeons do umbilical hernia repair surgery for adults and some do them for children. Pediatric surgeons do them for children as well. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can I hear about experiences and recuperations of those who had umbilical hernia repair surgery?

2-3 weeks: Dear nicole, recovery for repair of a large umbilical hernia is shorter if it is done laparoscopically, with small incisions and a video camera. Small umbilical hernias can easily be fixed with a single incision. Depending on the size and type of surgery, you will be asked not to lift anything more than 15 lbs for about 3 weeks. Pain usually isn't bad, but is proportional to the hernia size. ...Read more

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Why is some points have some pain in. My para umbilical hernia surgery repaired by mesh. This is eighth day. When will the pain go away. ?

More time needed: It can take 4-6 weeks to feel normal, and even then it can still be noticeable with certain movements. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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