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Seroma After Inguinal Hernia Repair
Yes: After any surgery, a ridge develops where the incision is. This is called the proud or healing ridge and slowly disappears over a four month period. In a some patients it is quite pronounced and causes concern. If you have any question about your wound, you need to see your surgeon. ...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
Sharp Pain before ejaculation, 6 months after inguinal hernia repair. No recurrence or new hernia.?
It can be: Please get a physical exam with your surgeon and discuss your symptoms, other causes include urethritis - inflammation of the urethra - symptoms include loss of appetite, impotence, urinary incontinence, pain with urination and painful ejaculation, also Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland - symptoms can include foul or strong urine odor, and painful ejaculation ...Read more
What is the cause of the numbness below the incision after inguinal hernia repair? When should sensation return to this area?
Cut skin nerves: Numbness below the skin incision after inguinal hernia repair is normal because the small skin nerves are cut when the incision is made. Most of the preoperative sensation should return over 6-12 months after the original surgery, however, it may never return to the preoperative level. ...Read more
Masturabting & cuming hurts 8 days after inguinal hernia repair is it normal? When will pain go and when can I have intercourse again? Thank you.
See Surgeon.: Best to be seen by your surgeon who is in the position to accurately diagnose and advise treatment for the “large mass”. If it is a residual "mass" from a hematoma, time and the use of warm compresses may be all that is necessary. Sometimes, aspiration or drainage may be necessary. It will be important to rule out (physical examination) recurrence of the hernia. Best wishes. ...Read more
Is it normal to feel pain after having sex or while working 6 months after inguinal hernia repair.
Maybe: It depends how often and how severe the pain is. Brief episodes off mild to moderate pain may persist for years, but if it is limiting your activity level, you may want to see your surgeon to check it out. You can also try myoflex cream or aspercreme. This helps sometimes. Best of luck. ...Read more
6 weeks after inguinal hernia repair left testicle still swollen. Dr says up to three months. Is this normal? Dr not concerned. I am concerned.
Go with him to c doc: If you are the support person and you are concerned about how your loved on is doing after surgery, then go with him to the next appointment to you can ask and hear what the surgery team has to say. Be well. If fever, vomiting, redness, drainage develop then call in. ...Read more
From what: Scar tissue from inguinal hernia surgery or something else? Are you having pain from the surgery after a normal healing period? If you are then see your surgeon for eval. You prob need to see your surgeon again to see if there is nerve impingement or similar prob that cause persistent pain. ...Read more
Is it safe to return to work that requires constant lifting six weeks after inguinal hernia repair if you still have testicle swelling?
Check: Please check with your surgeon. It will depend on how much weight you are talking about, how often is "constant", whether mesh was used or not, the degree of testicular swelling, your pain tolerance. Etc. Good luck. ...Read more
New swelling 3 months after inguinal hernia repair. 5 doctors and an ultrasound confirm no recurrence or new hernia. What is causing the swelling?
Seroma?: Could be a fluid collection under the skin (seroma), but that usually develops within about 3 weeks post-op, and subsides in 3-6 months. If the hernia was in the scrotum, fluid could be collecting there, mimicking hydrocele. Make sure to see the original surgeon, and consider a second opinion by a surgeon interested in inguinal hernia repair - check the americas hernia society website to find one. ...Read more
Fever at 103.7, 2weeks after inguinal hernia repair. Fever has stayed for 7days. At ER I did not test positive for flu, other test were normal. Cause?
Talk to Surgeon ASAP: There are many possible causes of a postop fever, but the one most concerning after your operation would be a wound infection (esp if mesh was used). A fever of 103.7 cannot be assumed to be viral--this requires a thorough evaluation. Please contact your surgeon asap. ...Read more
Should I go to the ER if I'm having pain in my testicles, 3 days after inguinal hernia repair. Please answer I'm worried about this.
Is pain in testicles right before ejaculation normal 4 days after inguinal hernia repair? I had to stop bc I could not continue with sharp pain. Thx
Six weeks after inguinal hernia repair return to work with a job of constant lifting should I expect some swelling in the scrotum area? How to preven
Scrotal support: Thanks for your question. I think the most likely cause of scrotal swelling is due to the surgery and should slowly subside. A scrotal support might help the process of healing. If the swelling should increase, become painful, or red call your surgeon and describe what is happening. I predict it will improve and return to normal. Remember to lift as little as posssible. ...Read more
Variable: Usually, it's uneventful, but it really depends on the individual. In general, I tell my patients they will have significant pain for the first 3 days and the pain will start improving after that. My patients take between 1 and 2 weeks off from work. ...Read more
Inguinal hernia: The repair if a defect in the inguinal canal this is usually performed with mesh. It can be done open or laparoscopic. ...Read more
Lap and open:
Laparoscopic has three small incisions and uses mesh. Hernia is reduced and patch is put in front of it, in pre-peritoneal space. Make sure the procedure is done tep.
Open has one incision approx 4-7cm in length in the groin and also uses a mesh. Hernia is also reduced and patch is placed over it.
Both almost equal down time. Both good long-term. I myself prefer lap. ...Read more
Many types: There are two main categories of repair - open and laparoscopic. Both are generally done as outpatient operations. The variety of open techniques are performed by about 80% is surgeons, and lap about 20%. Open techniques are slightly more painful and associated with a slightly longer recovery. ...Read more
Moderate: It depends on the type of repair that you have. In general, open (large incision) hernia repair has more pain and disability than a laparoscopic (small incision) hernia repair, but it depends a lot on you and your pain tolerance. Your surgeon's techniques also play a role. Most people require moderate narcotics after surgery to control their pain. ...Read more
No need: Usually, there are only small tapes over the incisions that come off on their own within a week or two. As long as the wound is dry, no need for a bandage. If you're still unsure, call your surgeon. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Incorporates: The mesh used for inguinal hernias has been safe for most patients with several decades of experience. They remain inert but is intimately attached to the body with scar tissue. Very occasionally they can irritate the surrounding tissues or cause pain when too much scar tissue is incited. Theorized potential for increased infection has not been seen. It is safe. ...Read more
It may not be...: Inguinal hernia repair is technically challenging, open or laparoscopic. The laparoscopic repair is relatively new and not all surgeons are comfortable performing repair this way. Statistically, the failure rate of open hernia repair is between 1-5% depending on sugeon expertise. Conversely, laparoscopic failure is much higher up to 10% and more depending on experience. More experience=less failur. ...Read more
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