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Seroma After Hernia Surgery
Have a lrg seroma after hernia surgery may need to be asperated will I be put to sleep or just numbed up and is it painfull to do?
Not painful: Aspirating a seroma is generally done in an outpatient setting, usually not even requiring numbing medicine (since the pain of a needle stick for aspiration is the same as for the numbing medicine, but depends on how big the seroma and location). In any case, the seroma may require multiple aspirations until it eventually goes away. Without aspiration, this may take months to resolve. ...Read more
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
Had a lrg seroma after dbl hernia surgery, got smaller after 5 weeks, should it be gone after 6mths or do they take longer as in still their but smal?
Show it to: Your surgeon, but if it is getting smaller, opinion would probably be to leave it alone. Sometimes it takes up to one year for scar to mature. ...Read more
Have a lrg seroma after lap hernia surgery what is best way for it to go away with out aspiration, will walking and putting heat on it help?
Not much: Walking is not going to help and in fact may make it bigger. Heat will also not be effective if the seroma is large. Aspirating a seroma is generally done in an outpatient setting and the seroma may require multiple rounds of aspiration, depending on the rate of buildup, location and symptoms. ...Read more
Variable: Seromas are probably very common, but also extremely variable in terms of size. A seroma is a collection of fluid under the skin. Almost seromas are probably very small and unnoticeable, some may look like the size of the lump that was there before the hernia is fixed. Almost all go away by six months but sometimes persist. If it persists and is causing problems, be sure to see your surgeon to check it out. ...Read more
Collection of fluid: A seroma is a collection of fluid (serum). The serum is the liquid part of your blood (as opposed to the cells) and is similar to the fluid that is inside a blister. Seromas can occur after any surgery and can resolve without treatment although sometimes the doctor will draw out the fluid. If it is causing a lot of discomfort, return to the doctor for treatment. DO NOT TRY TO DRAIN IT ON YOUR OWN. ...Read more
Usually: A seroma is a fluid collection that forms in body spaces, such as where a hernia bulge was present before surgery; the larger the hernia, the higher the probability of a seroma forming. This is typically reabsorbed within weeks after surgery, although underlying mesh may slow this down. Rarely, it persists for months and may require aspiration. I advise you to return to see your surgeon. ...Read more
Persistent Seroma: Seromas following surgery can be very frustrating for both the surgeon and for the patient. Though usually most seromas get better with time occasionally there are some seromas to refuse to go away. Seromas that have been present for a long time tend to form capsules which prevents permanent resolution. Sometimes these chronic seromas need to be surgically removed. ...Read more
I developed a seroma five months after lap. Ventral hernia surgery, how long can it take for the seroma to go away on its own?
Months: It usually takes at least a few months for a seroma to resolve. Using an abdominal binder to place pressure on the abdomen will help the seroma to resolve quicker. ...Read more
Had double lap hernia surgery 3/25 I have a small bulg where large hernia was is this a seroma no pain or redness in area at all doesn't hurt at all?
Seroma: This fluid collection is almost certainly a seroma and is normal. May take several weeks to months to resolve. If there is a significant portion that is blood, it may not resolve, but time will tell. You should also address this at your follow up visit with your surgeon. ...Read more
I just had inguinal hernia surgery 2 weeks ago, and now have a seroma that seems to be getting larger. Is this normal?
Conservative: Hi, Seromas after inguinal hernia repair are generally managed by just observation for about 3 months and they will gradually resolve. If spontaneous resolution does not occur, aspiration under VERY strict sterile conditions can be done (especially if a mesh was used).It would be a good idea to let your surgeon look at it since it is just recent surgery, for your peace of mind. Best wishes. ...Read more
Can a weak spot in my abdomen be causing a seroma to return almost seven months after lap. Ventral hernia surgery? If not than what could be causing the seroma to return?
Have a lrg seromas from hernia surgery surgeon said to put heat on it will this help it go away, is their anything else to do to help go away?
Time: Obviously, there are many factors that go in to this such as the type of hernia repaired, repair technique, and you medical history. In general, most seroma will resolve on their own in weeks to months. Persistent seromas or those that are causing problems may need to be drained. See your surgeon to find out for sure. Best of luck. ...Read more
Will wearing compression garments help in post hernia repair (on jan 2014), hard ball like seroma in abdomen and strengthen surgery areas?
No help now: There are some repairs in the literature that have shown a benefit in preventing seromas by using a compression garment, but once one forms, it will most likely not help make it go away faster. I less it is causing problems, such as pain, or enlarging significantly, I tell my patients to proceed about their usual activities as it should resolve within 6 months. No need for ct scans or ultrasounds. ...Read more
It can relieve pain: It can relieve pain and discomfort. It can prevent obstruction if you have a strangulation. There are different types of hernias. Sometimes in the groin sometimes in the abdomen Sometimes within the abdomen. A lot depends on the type of hernia that you have. If your doctor recommends surgery, it can help make you feel better but it can limit your activities for up to 6 weeks. ...Read more
Hernia recurrence: First and foremost, a prior hernia repair is unlikely to interfere with your pregnancy or delivery. However, the location of the hernia and the method of repair may have some impact if mesh was used and a c-section is necessary. Be sure and review this information with your obstetrician early in your pregnancy. ...Read more
Usually: The abdomen and site of the hernia have to be exposed to fix the hernia. The breasts and genital organs can usually remain covered. Feel free to discuss this with your surgeon, anethesiologist, and nurses so that you can feel comfortable knowing that they will protect your dignity to the fullest extent. ...Read more
Couple options: If no symptoms and relatively small can observe. If associated with symptoms and / or enlarging will require redo operation for recurrence perhaps by new approach e.g. Laparoscopically if it was done open before. ...Read more
Depends: 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 surgery using small incisions. ...Read more
Should not: Inguinal or groin hernia surgery should not affect fertility in a male. However, complex hernia or hernia repair that was extensive could involve the spermatic cord on rare occasion. Talk to your doctor and discuss you concerns. Bring your wife so that all parties discuss openly. There are many reasons for difficultly in getting pregnant. Avoid any blame and support each other. ...Read more
Uncommon: Fortunately, complications are uncommon after hernia repair, but they can be serious when they happen. Specific to hernia repair, chronic pain and hernia recurrence occur about 5% of the time or less for small, uncomplicated hernia repairs that are typically performed as an outpatient. Not all hernias are equal however, and a general surgeon may be able to give you specifics for your case. ...Read more
Depends: If you do heavy lifting expect 4-6 weeks. If light work desk job you can go back as soon as you want. You should write down all your questions and ask the surgeon during your consultation. ...Read more
Depends: It's a complicated question, and has to do with the location, surgeon, and anesthesia components of the cost. In the us, this operation is covered by essentially all insurance companies. If you're outside the us looking at private clinics, don't always go for the cheapest price. Research quality if you can, but its tough to do. ...Read more
Insurance should cover the cost of surgery.
The total bill may a few thousand dollars, depending on how big the hernia is, how complex it is, if you have to stay in the hospital afterwards, and if it's done open (single larger incision) or laparoscopically (multiple tiny incisions and a video camera).
If you have to stay in the hospital, then the bill would be many thousands of dollars. ...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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