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Seroma After Umbilical Hernia Surgery
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
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
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
Light: Eat light, non-greasy foods after any surgery until the effects of anesthesia wear off. 24-72 hours. If you are taking narcotics for pain you will want to continue this with increased fiber and fluids to avoid constipation. Once off of the pain mess you may resume your normal healthy diet. ...Read more
Small amount: May be seen under tagaderm dressing, due to skin oozing, call your surgeon and go for follow up visit. ...Read more
Depends: Severe pain should be gone by 72 hours. By a week or two you should be able to do most activities with little pain. Discuss with your surgeon how long they would like you to limit how much you lift. ...Read more
When comfortable: Actually, you should be able to walk up stairs almost immediately after umbilical hernia repair, just take it easy as you do it. You should avoid heavy lifting and direct abdominal wall trauma for 4 to 6 weeks postop. Listen to your body -- if you go to do something, and you feel pain, that's your body saying don't do that. It's best to ask your operative surgeon what you can and can't do. ...Read more
Is it normal to have a blister like thing with fluid in it 4 days after umbilical hernia surgery??
Is a hard lump after umbilical hernia surgery (open repair) normal? I've had it for ten months now.
Depends on work: It depends on the nature of your work, but if it involves any strenuous activity, I would plan on two weeks with limited activity for six weeks post-operatively. If more administrative in nature, could probably go back after one week, again with limited activity. ...Read more
Had umbilical hernia surgery with mesh 4 weeks ago and need to b able to lift 69 lbs and I tried and it hurt bad. I go back to work in 4 days???????
Recheck with DR: Best to recheck with the DR who did the operation. ...Read more
My son had umbilical hernia surgery a week ago. It bled couple days ago. Nurse changed dressing. Now there's clear fluid on the dressing. Is that ok?
Incision drainage: Drainage from a surgical incision a week following an operation is not an expected outcome. Any drainage can potentially allow bacteria to enter the wound causing an infection. Fever and incisional redness would likely be present if there was an infection. Please call your surgeon and let him know that you are having a problem. A small amount may not be an issue, but better to be safe. ...Read more
I had umbilical hernia surgery last Friday and have had to cough. I'm concerned that the coughing is going to damage the repair that was done. Am I going to have to go through surgery again?
Depends: It depends what kind of mesh was used; talk with your surgeon to find out and how long it will take to be reabsorbed by your body. ...Read more
No. Of course not.: Not a good thing to do. The intentional habit of inhaling burning organic material, combined with various chemicals used in the growing and manufacturing of that material (regardless of whether it is tobacco, marijuana, or any other plant) is bad for the body. A healthy-minded person would not intentionally start something burning and inhale the stuff over and over and over. ...Read more
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I had umbilical hernia surgery on jan 28 and a month later I was laying in bed and coughed and felt a pop. What could have happened?
My umbilical hernia surgery hurts when I bend my core to the right. It's been a year since surgery. Only happens the day after I workout. Recurrence?
Possible, but.. ..:
It's possible that you tore something that could lead to a recurrence but if there is no bulge or obvious hernia sticking out than you are probably ok. Bruising and muscle strain can feel the same way. And 'tightness' can be confused with pain. Tightness is normal, pain is not.
Try generic ibuprofen for a week or so and see if it improves. If not improving or if worse, see your surgeon ...Read more
I had umbilical hernia surgery march of last yr. No mesh. I still have a little knot there. What is it? Also have mild strange feeling there. Any help?
Had umbilical hernia surgery almost 2 weeks ago. And ever since came out of surgery I still look like I have a umbilical hernia. Reasons this could be?
Post-op swelling: This will subside in 6-9 mo. But will always have thickening in this area due to scar tissue ...Read more
Mesh: It's probably the mesh. It is normal. Should soften up over time. Call your surgeon if the wound is red or draining. ...Read more
No: The defect in the abdominal wall necessitating hernia repair in the para umbilical area is small. With heavy and at least 2 layer suture repair especially if no mesh required, chance of disrupting suture line rare. If this had been initiated during sexual activity severe pain as one or more sutures broke would have been readily noted. More problems would have been noted in an inguinal repair. ...Read more
Do I need to worry about 4 yr old's umbilical hernia surgery? What will recovery be like and how long? Is the surgery safe for his age?
Routine Surgery: Umbilical hernia repair on a 4 yr old usually has minimal complications. However you do need to talk to your pediatric surgeon and get his take. What was the cause of the hernia? Are there any other medical problems at work here? Surgery / General Anesthesia is never without risk. Your surgeon needs to explain to you how the benefits out weigh the risks for your 4 yr old. Talk to Anesthesia too ...Read more
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
Can umbilical hernia surgery be preformed without sedation for sm. Hernia? What is point of sedation other than memory/anxiety. Medically necessa
Hernia: Theoretically. But I don't think there's a surgeon that would perform such a repair! It's too dangerous for the patient. Movement of any kind can cause injury of not only the skin and abdominal musculature, but also the intestinal contents! Anesthesia is crucially needed to maintain an open airway. 100% medically necessary in my opinion. ...Read more
Can too much beer damage/ruin an umbilical hernia surgery if it was 2 1/2 weeks post op? (Small hernia/no mesh/open repair) 22 y.o 180 lb male
Very much so if-: -U vomited. That give a very high increase in intra- abdominal pressure. That is something that would B a no no. ...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
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
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