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How much is umbilical hernia repair?

How much is umbilical hernia repair?

Several thousand: It depends on how big the hernia is and how the surgeon fixes it (open or laparoscopically). The total cost includes the surgeon's fee, the anesthesiologist, nurses, operating room and equipment, and medications. This is usually several thousand dollars. Insurance should cover the surgery. If you don't have insurance, some surgeons' offices will work with you to reduce the cost. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...Read more


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Does umbilical hernia repair cause diastasis recti?

No: Diastasis recti is a condition where the rectus muscles gradually separate from the midline while the fascia remains intact. It is not a hernia. Umbilical hernia and diastasis recti can coexist and are not causally related. ...Read more

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How can I assist sleeping after umbilical hernia repair?

How can I assist sleeping after umbilical hernia repair?

Pain/sleep meds: The amount of pain after umbilical hernia repair depends on if it was done open (single incision) or laparoscopically (multiple tiny incisions). You may need narcotic pain meds (norco, vicodin, percocet, tylenol (acetaminophen) #3) or tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen) for a week or so after surgery. You can also take over-the-counter sleep aid medications from the drug store, or get a prescription for ambien, etc. ...Read more

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What to do about infection 3 months after umbilical hernia repair?

What to do about infection 3 months after umbilical hernia repair?

Depends: It depends on the type of repair and the specific location of the infection within the abdominal wall. If mesh or permanent sutures were used, AND are involved in the infection, they may need to be removed. If the infection is only in the skin (no pus, red skin only), then antibiotics may suffice. Best to get an evaluation from your surgeon. You can also ask for a second opinion if warranted. ...Read more

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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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After an umbilical hernia repair what type of exercise program is recommended?

After an umbilical hernia repair what type of exercise program is recommended?

Generally , one: would avoid any exercise for 6 weeks that would stress the repair site while just doing mild cardiovascular conditioning such as walking . Once this initial phase has been passed, you should have a specific discussion with your surgeon as to what expectations in terms of an exercise regimen that may be anticipated including any restrictions that may be specific to your surgical repair. ...Read more

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Why do I still have a painful lump following umbilical hernia repair 6 weeks ago?

Why do I still have a painful lump following umbilical hernia repair 6 weeks ago?

It could just be: ... the suture material beneath your bellybutton that was used to repair the hernia. The best thing to do is to see the surgeon who did the operation, have him/her re-examine you, and see what he/she has to say. ...Read more

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Can I hear about experiences and recuperations of those who had umbilical hernia repair surgery?

2-3 weeks: Dear nicole, recovery for repair of a large umbilical hernia is shorter if it is done laparoscopically, with small incisions and a video camera. Small umbilical hernias can easily be fixed with a single incision. Depending on the size and type of surgery, you will be asked not to lift anything more than 15 lbs for about 3 weeks. Pain usually isn't bad, but is proportional to the hernia size. ...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

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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