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When will the swelling go down after umbilical hernia repair surgery?

When will the swelling go down after umbilical hernia repair 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 more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Hernia Surgery (Definition)

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


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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.

~4 days: 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

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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?

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?

Yes: Anytime you have a surgery there is an inflammatory reaction and some swelling as the body heals itself. However, if the swelling seems excessive to you or if you have fever or pain, then see your doctor for an evaluation. Read more

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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?

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 more

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What to eat after umbilical hernia surgery?

What to eat after umbilical hernia surgery?

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

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What is seroma?? is this common after umbilical hernia surgery??

What is seroma?? is this common 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

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How much blood under tagaderm is normal after umbilical hernia surgery?

How much blood under tagaderm is normal after umbilical hernia surgery?

Small amount: May be seen under tagaderm dressing, due to skin oozing, call your surgeon and go for follow up visit. Read more

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After umbilical hernia surgery, how long should I expect the pain to last?

After umbilical hernia surgery, how long should I expect the pain to last?

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

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How soon after umbilical hernia surgery can I walk up and down stairs?

How soon after umbilical hernia surgery can I walk up and down stairs?

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

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Is it normal to have a blister like thing with fluid in it 4 days after umbilical hernia surgery??

Healing process: Sometimes fluid can accumulate under the skin as the body heals from surgery. If it's not very painful or red, then it's probably not an emergency, but the surgeon should be notified. Read more

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Is a hard lump after umbilical hernia surgery (open repair) normal? I've had it for ten months now.

Is a hard lump after umbilical hernia surgery (open repair) normal? I've had it for ten months now.

Lump after surgery: A lump in the area where you had your surgery is most likely scar tissue. The thing to do is check with your surgeon to be sure. It is. Not. Unusual to have firm scar tissue like you have described. Read more

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Swhat's one side effect of umbilical hernia surgery?

Swhat's one side effect of umbilical hernia surgery?

None: There may be mild discomfort early after surgery. Anesthesia has little transient side effects in recovery room. Once healed there would be no side effects except for a small surgical scar. Mesh may be used with the hernia repair but has no side effects once healed. Read more

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Is it common to have a seroma following umbilical hernia surgery?

Is it common to have a seroma following umbilical hernia surgery?

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

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How long will I need to be out of work following umbilical hernia surgery and lyposuction?

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

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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

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What is umbilical hernia surgery?

What is umbilical hernia surgery?

Repair: If one has an umbilical hernia, and hernia defect, and sac it can cause pain and other symptoms.
Repair can be done with stitches, mesh material
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What are the long term problems of adult umbilical hernia surgery?

What are the long term problems of adult umbilical hernia surgery?

Usually none: Immediate complications after surgery may include infection, bowel obstruction, perforation, strangulation, gangrene etc. Don't worry much Read more

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I had umbilical hernia surgery 6 months ago. Does the mesh ever dissolve away?

I had umbilical hernia surgery 6 months ago. Does the mesh ever dissolve away?

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

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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


Dr. David Earle
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Umbilical Hernia (Definition)

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