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Does small inguinal hernia without discomfort require surgical repair? Will it get worse without surgery?

Does small inguinal hernia without discomfort require surgical repair? Will it get worse without surgery?

Yes most of the time: as it is invariably a potential hard to get incarceration It is a simple low risk out patient procedure , other wise need close observation . ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Inguinal Hernia (Definition)

An inguinal hernia is a hernia that occurs in the inguinal region (groin). It passes out throughout the muscle in a canal near the spermatic ...Read more


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What is the typical recovery time for surgery to repair an inguinal hernia? We have a 20 pound toddler!

What is the typical recovery time for surgery to repair an inguinal hernia? We have a 20 pound toddler!

24 hrs: In a toddler recovery will be rapid by next day, most of the time will have melting suture at the skin wound , no stitches to be taken off. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the risks of having inguinal hernia repair surgery?

Can you tell me the risks of having inguinal hernia repair surgery?

Relatively safe: Surgery, one of the most commonly performed , low risk ambulatory surgical procedure. Possible to have recurrence , rare instances possible to have persistent pains , testicular atrophy, speak to your surgeon for benefits and risks of the procedure. ...Read more

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When can I start climbing stairs after inguinal hernia mesh repair surgery?

When can I start climbing stairs after inguinal hernia mesh repair surgery?

Check with your: Own surgeon, but in general i would instruct patients it is alright to walk up stairs immediately after hernia surgery. ...Read more

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Can I wait 2 months for an inguinal hernia repair or should I ask for the surgery sooner?

Can I wait 2 months for an inguinal hernia repair or should I ask for the surgery sooner?

It depends on....: ...The size of the hernia and it's potential for bowel to get "incarcerated" within the sac. If the hernia is small and easily reducible, there should be no problem waiting a few months. The best judge of this would be the surgeon who saw you--i am certain they would have an opinion. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had surgery for a inguinal hernia repair about 5 1/2 years ago. I'm starting to have the same symptoms as the first one, can it happen twice? 

Sure.: Most inguinal hernia repairs are permanent, but you can have a recurrent hernia for many different reasons. But, there are other conditions that have some symptoms similar to an inguinal hernia. Your doctor can probably sort this out pretty quickly with an exam. ...Read more

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Can a right inguinal hernia and a left medial menicus tear , both surgery repaired with 4 months affect your walking ? I limp after a few steps.

Can a right inguinal hernia  and a left medial menicus tear , both surgery repaired with 4 months affect your walking ? I limp after a few steps.

Meniscus problem: Hernia rarely affects gait, but expect problems from medical injury, as this does not occur in a vacuum. Other degenerative aspects to the knee commonly cause gait problems. Return to your ortho to get topical agents, braces? Or injections to help your pain. If that does not work, physical,therapy and perhaps a cane will help ...Read more

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M28, could sneezing and coughing 50 days after surgery cause to recur hernia(note it was large inguinal hernia, repaired with mesh in open style)?

Yes, it's possible: Anything that will raise the pressure in the abdomen can exert the same pressure on a hernia and cause it to recur, despite having just had a repair. While 50 days is right within the threshold of regaining maximal tissue strength, hernia repairs can fail at anytime. Even months or years later. Have your surgeon re-evaluate. ...Read more

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Had surgery for a right inguinal hernia. Had an open repair with mesh. 3 months out and have been having infrequent pain as well as small swelling. ?

Had surgery for a right inguinal hernia. Had an open repair with mesh. 3 months out and have been having infrequent pain as well as small swelling. ?

Nerve pain??: Will need to see a surgeon or doctor licensed in your area for examination here and specific diagnosis and advice. Here is some general information re post hernia repair pain and causes and treatments to discuss: https://www.verywell.com/chronic-post-hernia-repair-pain-2564628 ...Read more

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I'm a 58 year old. Had open inguinal hernia mesh repair surgery. Job requires lifting 75-150 lbs. How long is recovery before going back to this job?

I'm a 58 year old. Had open inguinal hernia mesh repair surgery. Job requires lifting 75-150 lbs. How long is recovery before going back to this job?

If you want after 4w: Healing will be near complete after collagen tissue i is formed i that will take place 3 Wks , most of the people will go back to work in 4 to 6 wks. obvious other factors , your motivation , general health , non healing etc will limit early return to work . When you go back obvious you will not going to lift 150 lbs on first day , has to be progressive. ...Read more

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Is itok to return to office work 3 days after open inguinal hernia repair surgery?

Is itok to return to office work 3 days after open inguinal hernia repair surgery?

Office job hernia: Yes. I would let you return to work 3 days following hernia repair. I generally tell patients not to drive until they are pain free and feel that they can stomp their feet on the floor, so that they would be able to safely apply brakes in an emergency if needed. You may need to have someone drive you to work for the first few days you go back to work. ...Read more

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How soon can I return to basketball after laproscopic inguinal hernia repair with mesh. I had the surgery 6 weeks ago.

Graduated: Many surgeons adhere to a traditional 6 weeks to return of activity. However, for those patients who are young and in good health. There is room for a graduated return to activity, such that by 6 weeks, you are back to a full, unrestrictive routine. Talk to your surgeon and get his/her advice based on your age, health and particular hernia problem. ...Read more

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I had an inguinal hernia surgery (open repair) in 2010.I want to know if nerves are trapped during hernia surgery how this problem can be resolved?

I had an inguinal hernia surgery (open repair) in 2010.I want to know if nerves are trapped during hernia surgery how this problem can be resolved?

Ilioinguinal nerve: It is possible that a nerve in the area (ilioinguinal) is giving you trouble. Other nerves may be involved. Other options include hernia recurrence (sometimes can't feel on outside) or routine strain injuries to name a few. A surgeon can inject anesthetic at a certain area where the ilioinguinal nerve runs (near ASIS) to see if it is an issue. If it is, part of nerve may be removed to help. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from inguinal hernia surgery? I’m having surgery to repair an inguinal hernia. What is the recovery like? How long before i can lift and carry things again?

There : There are several different ways to repair an inguinal hernia. A traditional repair involves an incision over the area of the hernia and the placement of a plastic mesh material to plug or cover the defect. Alternatively, your surgeon may perform a laparoscopic hernia repair which involves making a few incisions near your navel and placing mesh in front of the hernia. Generally, the recovery from a laparoscopic hernia repair is shorter and involves less pain. One can usually return to regular activities within a few days to a week. Traditional hernia repairs usually require a longer recovery (3-5 weeks) but can be performed under local anesthetic meaning the patient does not have to have a full general anesthetic. This is beneficial for some patients who may not tolerate general anesthesia. You should speak with your surgeon about all your options as every patient has unique conditions which may influence how the surgeon may recommend proceeding. ...Read more

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Would a right-sided surgical inguinal hernia repair result in a right-sided varicocele?

Would a right-sided surgical inguinal hernia repair result in a right-sided varicocele?

Here are some ...: If there was no right varicocele before right inguinal herniorrhaphy, there would be no surgically anatomical reason to cause right varicocele, but some post-herniorrhaphy hydrocele is likely. ...Read more

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Can a varicocele be a complication from the right-sided inguinal hernia repair surgery I had?

Yes: A varicocele is an abnormal enlargement of the veins draining the testicle. Open inguinal hernia surgery is performed in close proximity to these veins which can be tied off if bleeding is encountered or just scarred down from the surgery. This at times may be an inevitable complication due to the anatomy of inguinal hernia. ...Read more

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I had an inguinal hernia repair surgery how long before i can start lifting weights at the gym again?

I had an inguinal hernia repair surgery how long before i can start lifting weights at the gym again?

As tolerated : Usually, patients should return to normal activity as tolerated by pain. If it hurts, ease up. Check with your surgeon to be sure. ...Read more

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I had inguinal hernia repair 3 weeks ago and i still have pain in the testicle on the same side of the surgery. Is this normal ?

Common: Still early and would still be healing only 3 weeks after hernia surgery. Will often have temporary skin numbness and hypersensitivity below the scar. Nerve discomfort can affect the testicle. As the healing continues the discomfort resolves. Follow up with your surgeon. ...Read more

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