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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


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What is mash in hernia repair?

What is mash in hernia repair?

Replacement: Mesh is often placed in the repair of groin or abdominal hernias. The mesh is made of plastic material with small holes and looks like a sheet. The holes allow the body's tissue to grow into the mesh and this re-enforces the repair. ...Read more

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How much does a hernia repair cost?

How much does a hernia repair cost?

"thousands": Important variables include the type of repair, surgeon's cost, anesthesiologist's cost, hospital (or ambulatory surgery center's) cost, etc. Some states publish average costs per hospital per procedure (check out healthcarecompare in il). If you ask to meet with a hospital representative, they should be able to get a better estimate. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are recent trends of hernia repair?

Minimally invasive: Hernia's are being approached by minimally invasive techniques. This allows the repair by small incisions. This allows you to return to work sooner and causes less scar. To repair the hernia the trend is to use artificial material. The quality of repair using cameras and artificial material seems to work well and last a long time. ...Read more

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What cares should be taken after hernia repair?

What cares should be taken after hernia repair?

Inguinal hernia?: If yes, do some light stretch exercises, drink water, avoid constipation diet, avoid strenuous exercises (weight lifting). Use common sense to avoid recurrence of hernia. ...Read more

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Why would it be best for an open hernia repair?

Surgeon experience: Recurrence rates can be higher in laparoscopic surgery based on the degree of experience and techniques used. Often a "bilateral" or both sided repair can be done via small incisions. If it's only one sided, the "extra" dissection during laparoscopic surgery of the opposite side is unnecessary and may pose potential for additional scarring. ...Read more

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How long for recovery of hernia repair using mesh?

How long for recovery of hernia repair using mesh?

Not long: Recovery from uncomplicated inguinal hernia will be very brief , in less than 4 to 6 wks , that is the minimum time that nature needs to lay down the collagen fibers to complete the healing process , in mesh repair which is tension free , can be active much earlier ...Read more

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Can you suggest where i can get free hernia repair?

Can you suggest where i can get free hernia repair?

Hernia repair: You could try to go to a clinic at a university hospital in your area. Also there are some volunteer organizations that do them for no charge. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hernia repair?

What is the definition or description of: hernia repair?

Close the Hole: 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 using mesh (artificial tissue). ...Read more

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Do I need to do anything to prepare for my hernia repair?

Do I need to do anything to prepare for my hernia repair?

Yes: Lose weight if you are overweight. If you smoke, cut-down or better yet, quit. If you are a diabetic, make sure it is well-controlled. Ask your doctor about stopping blood thinners if you are taking any. ...Read more

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Why am I experiencing pain 7 years after a mesh hernia repair?

Unknown: Some reasons for pain after hernia repair include recurrent hernia, or a muscle pull or strain. Depending on the type of hernia and technique of repair, there could be sutures that are pulling through the tissue. Best to see your surgeon if you're concerned. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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M58, what could be complications of large (giant) hernia repair.

M58, what could be complications of large (giant) hernia repair.

Variable: Abdominal? Recurrence, infection, mesh infection, bleeding are some to be concerned about. Inguinal same plus loss of testicle, etc. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's normal to still feel alittle pain after hernia repair ?

Please advise if it's normal to still feel alittle pain after hernia repair ?

Pain after hernia: Discomfort occurring beyond the normal healing process in the area of any surgery including hernia surgery, is not uncommon. However chronic discomfort after hernia surgery, regardless of the presence/absence of mesh or technique used is increasingly recognized. Pain occurs in approximately 6-8% of patients. It is more common in younger patients ; if there was significant pain prior to surgery ...Read more

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What are signs that someone is having a reaction to the mesh used in the hernia repair?

Non-reactive: Mesh used for hernia repair does not cause an immune or allergic reaction. Your body does respond to the mesh by forming scar tissue and sending inflammatory cells to the area. If this normal response is excessive, you may have pain at the site. If there is red skin, may be an infection. Best to have it checked by your surgeon if you're concerned. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I had open hernia repair last thursday--and there so much info out there about when to return to exercise. What is the correct answer?

I had open hernia repair last thursday--and there so much info out there about when to return to exercise. What is the correct answer?

Take your time: There are many different opinions on how soon a person can resume exercise postop. I like to have patients wait 4 wks and then slowly increase activity based on how they feel. Be smart and don't overdo it and listen to your doctors advice. ...Read more

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Is nanotechnolgy used 2 round the edges of the holes which are in artificial mesh used for hernia repair so no problem occur when fibros tissues grow?

Is nanotechnolgy used 2 round the edges of the holes which are in artificial mesh used for hernia repair so no problem occur when fibros tissues grow?

Not yet: The majority of synthetic mesh for hernia repair are knitted in large sheets, then cut to size with a laser. This smooths the edges of the mesh. I am not aware of any special engineering regarding the mesh edge that uses a form of nanotechnology in the current products. ...Read more

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Bulge in the hernia repair area normal?

Seroma: This usually occurs and i tend to see more of these when i repair these hernias laparoscopically rather than open. This will usually resolve or improve by 6 weeks post-op. ...Read more

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Can a high tal hernia repair come undone?

Can a high tal hernia repair come undone?

Hiatal hernia: Hiatal hernia repair can come undone. It also may wear out. If you notice a return of symptoms talk to your surgeon. Re-repair is possible but your surgeon will repeat studies and may want to try medical therapy first with you. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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