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Swelling After Umbilical Hernia Surgery
Swelling post-op: Swelling occurs after any type surgery, including hernia surgery. This swelling gets maximal over the first day or so. It normally takes a few weeks for most of the swelling to disappear. It may take 6-8 weeks for the swelling to completely dissipate. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
How long does swelling last after umbilical hernia repair? I am 46 years old, at a healthy weight, and exercised for 60+ minutes before the surgery.
It depends on how big the hernia was, how much dissection the surgeon had to do, and if it was done open (single larger incision) or laparoscopically (tiny incisions and a video camera).
Usually, most of the swelling should be fading by about 4 days after surgery. Read more
I had a umbilical hernia surgery 3 1/2 weeks ago. And my stomach is bigger than before my surgery. Is it normal to have swelling?
Ihad umbilical hernia surgery last year. A few months ago swelling has appeared above navel. Doc said it was lack of muscle tone. Still concefned?
Need Hernia Check: It sounds like your doctor is describing diastasis rectii, a common condition where the normally-fused rectus ("6-pack") muscles separate; this may look like a hernia but is cosmetic only. Alternatively, you may have developed a recurrent hernia. I suggest you return to see your hernia surgeon or seek out a second opinion--this is easily resolved by a careful hernia exam. Good luck! Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Small amount: May be seen under tagaderm dressing, due to skin oozing, call your surgeon and go for follow up visit. 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.
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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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