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Was recovering very well from umbilical hernia mesh repair 4 weeks ago, masterbated the other day now site very painful when stretching, bending??? could that have done damage

Was recovering very well from umbilical hernia mesh repair 4 weeks ago, masterbated the other day now site very painful when stretching, bending??? could that have done damage

Unlikely: As the repair was done 4 Wks ago, collagen tissue already formed which keep the mesh in place, hoe ever call your surgeon for a follow up appointmennt do not do any heavy activity till your surgeons clears ...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


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Is a mesh a good surgical repair option for umbilical hernia?

Yes: Mesh is the best surgical option for repair of an umbilical hernia. Hernias smaller than a centimeter can probably be repair with suture alone, but anything bigger requires mesh to decrease the risk of a recurrent hernia. ...Read more

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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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Is it normal to still have pain where you had a umbilical hernia repair with mesh?

Is it normal to still have pain where you had a umbilical hernia repair with mesh?

Yes, mild pain: It is normal to have mild pain, especially with strenuous activity, at the site of an umbilical hernia repair for a few weeks after surgery. Severe pain, or pain lasting longer, is unusual. If the pain is severe, and especially if there is a bulge in that area, you should see the surgeon promptly to make sure that the hernia has not recurred. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still have pain after 7 or so months after umbilical hernia repair with mesh?

Is it normal to still have pain after 7 or so months after umbilical hernia repair with mesh?

Maybe: Some intermittent, mild discomfort is common, but more severe pain is not. Call your surgeon for a follow up exam. ...Read more

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Strong Pulling sensation one week after tension free mesh umbilical hernia repair? Is this normal?

Strong Pulling sensation one week after tension free mesh umbilical hernia repair? Is this normal?

Wait and see: Do not stretch your abdomen too much for next 2 to 3 wks for compete healing then only you know if hernia is recurring. ...Read more

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I had an umbilical hernia with mesh surgery 1 week ago. Can I have sex?

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I had an umbilical hernia with mesh surgery 1 week ago. Can I have sex?

Umbilical hernia: You should be able to, but you might find the incision site to be still a bit on the tender side so you might consider waiting for at least another week or two. ...Read more

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I am having umbilical hernia repair mesh this monday. Plan to have baby after waiting six months. Can mesh cause problem for the baby..

I am having umbilical hernia repair mesh this monday. Plan to have baby after waiting six months. Can mesh cause problem for the baby..

Should be fine: It will almost certainly be fine. I have seen women get pregnant after mesh ventral and umbilical hernia repair with a couple different techniques and mesh and they were fine. Both mother and baby. You will want to get the operative report and discuss with your OB however in the event you need a c-section. A smaller mesh done with the open technique may be bwtter for this. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I had open umbilical hernia repair without mesh done 24 days ago. I have little pain but feel ill, headaches, fainty. This is mostly at night.

I had open umbilical hernia repair without mesh done 24 days ago. I have little pain but feel ill, headaches, fainty. This is mostly at night.

Umbilical hernia: Does the site hurt, is it s red, swollen, tender, discharge? If yes call the doctor immediately in the AM. If not would still seek medical attention over next 24-48 hours, may be subclinical infection, or reflux, h pylori, as these entities would explain the headache (from reflux to the sinuses and malaise. faintness.. ...Read more

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I have cirrhosis. I had an umbilical hernia repaired w/o mesh over a year ago. Now I have leakage from my navel. How serious is this?

Serious: The leakage could indicate an underlying infection and/or failure of the repair. I would definitely recommend returning to your surgeon for re-evaluation. ...Read more

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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.?

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

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I have mesh from umbilical hernia surgery, the area feels pulled or strained, should I go to er?

Abdominal pain: If you have no fever or vomiting, and your pain is not severe, you can go to a walk in or urgent care to be seen by a doctor, who can order you an ultrasound or CT scan and refer you back to a surgeon for possible repair. Call you surgeon as well. ...Read more

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I had the hernia mesh put in for a double hernia in 2005. Now it has balled up in my groin and twisted in my stomach from a umbilical hernia.?

I had the hernia mesh put in for a double hernia in 2005. Now it has balled up in my groin and twisted in my stomach from a umbilical hernia.?

Get it checked: We don't know what you mean by the hernia mesh has boiled up in your groin and twisted in stomach. It does not make any sence. If you have pain, swelling in groin or in abdomen, consult your doctor to find out what is going on ...Read more

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I'm 3 months post an umbilical hernia repair with mesh. I've had a small seroma and discharge for over a month. He has cauterized it &discharge is brown?

Old blood: It is very common to have some bleeding under the skin after an operation. That can collect there and is called a hematoma. Old blood turns a brownish color as it resolves. If it smells foul, there could be an infection. It should be healed by now, bit sometimes tales a little longer. Stick with you're surgeon for regular visits until healed, or inquire about another opinion. ...Read more

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I had a laparoscopic umbilical hernia repair with mesh 2 months ago & there's a lump that disappears when I lay down like before. Should I be worried?

I had a laparoscopic umbilical hernia repair with mesh 2 months ago & there's a lump that disappears when I lay down like before. Should I be worried?

See your surgeon: It may be a small amount a fat or fluid superficial to the mesh - both of which are normal. It could represent a recurrent hernia as well - not normal. Best to get an exam by your surgeon to find out. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child had umbilical hernia repair with mesh. Now she is having unexplained swelling of lips and face.?

What do you suggest if my child had umbilical hernia repair with mesh. Now she is having unexplained swelling of lips and face.?

Unknown: Unexlained swelling of lips and face suggests an allergic reaction, and should be seen right away by your pediatrician or an emergency room. Whether or not it has anything to do with the hernia repair would depend on when it was done. There are no known true allergies to synthetic mesh products, as they do not invoke an immune response. They can have problems though, so call the surgeon as well. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! My daughter had umbilical hernia repair with mesh. Now she is having unexplained swelling on her face?

Could use your help docs! My daughter had umbilical hernia repair with mesh. Now she is having unexplained swelling on her face?

Swelling.: Although swelling of the face, in the absence of other symptoms, suggests an allergic reaction, allergy to mesh is extremely uncommon. I suggest a combined consultation and evaluation both with your family physician or pediatrician as well as her surgeon. Her symptoms may or may not be related to her recent surgery and a thorough evaluation and consultation is necessary to sort things out. ...Read more

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My daughter had umbilical hernia repair with mesh. Now she is having unexplained swelling of lips and face. Could these be related?

My daughter had umbilical hernia repair with mesh. Now she is having unexplained swelling of lips and face. Could these be related?

Doubtful: It depends on when the hernia was repaired in relation to the start of symptoms. If the operation was yesterday, she could be having an allergic reaction to some medication. If it was months to years ago, there is certainly no relation, as the mesh does not cause allergic type reactions. May be best to see her primary care provider to help sort it out. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

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