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Dr. Rashed Hasan
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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


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How long does it take to recovery for open ventral hernia repair surgery and is there a hospital stay?

Variable: Small open repairs such as those at the belly button are typically done without a stay in the hospital. Large abdominal wall reconstruction patients typically stay in the hospital about a week. If there are complications, all bets are off. Call your surgeon to find out about your case. ...Read more

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Almost EVERY spinal condition there is also have grapefruit size ventral hernia repair failed 6 times. Can't strengthen core. What therapy can i do?

Almost EVERY spinal condition there is also have grapefruit size ventral hernia repair failed 6 times. Can't strengthen core. What therapy can i do?

Walk: Put on a supportive garment like a girdle (your doctor can prescribe and recommend where to get a custom made medical garment with hook/eye and velcro closure) and walk to control weight and strengthen the other core muscles around the hernia. ...Read more

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What type of anethesia is used for a ventral hernia repair?

General anesthesia: The procedure you mentioned needs to be done under a full general anesthesia. This is so the stomach muscles are completely relaxed so the surgeon can get the best closure. ...Read more

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What skin prep solution is used for a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair?

What skin prep solution is used for a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair?

It depends: There are many skin preps in the market. Each hospital and surgery centers will pick a prep that is recommended by the infection control and surgical societies. Some patients are allergic to some of the preps, restricts the use of certain preps. The most use are alcohol base, and iodine base. ...Read more

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Please tell me what skin prep solution would be used for a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair?

Please tell me what skin prep solution would be used for a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair?

Chlorhexidine: The cdc recommends skin preparation with Chlorhexidine prior to operative interventions. Generally an antibiotic is adminstered intravenously prior to the surgery to further reduce wound complications. Shaving the surgical site should be avoided as it increases wound infection rates. ...Read more

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Is it normal to develope seroma five months after laposcopic ventral hernia repair with mesh?

Is it normal to develope seroma five months after laposcopic ventral hernia repair with mesh?

Very common: Seromas are very common after laparoscopic ventral hernia repair. It is a bit unusual to develop after five months. I suspect it may have been there before hand and smaller form and could be getting larger. They usually don't require any treatment, but on occasion they need to be drained. Best to follow up with your surgeon for an exam. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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After open ventral hernia repair will I have to stay in the hospital and if so for how long?

Not necessarily: Extent of pain, hospital stay is very variable depending on the size of the hernia and the manner in which it is repaired. Some patients can be treated as same-day surgery, but some willl require significant pain management and monitoring. ...Read more

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What can be cuasing my abdomen to swell and hurt almost 4 months after mesh ventral hernia repair?

Seroma vs recurrence: Pain 4 months after ventral hernia repair is unusual and may be a sign of a recurrent hernia. Another less problematic cause is a seroma which is a fluid collection between the mesh and the skin which is inherent to some degree in almost a lll hernia cases but usually resolves within 2 months. ...Read more

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What could be causing severe r sciatic nerve irritation s/p ventral hernia repair?

What could be causing severe r sciatic nerve irritation s/p ventral hernia repair?

Bulging Lumbar Disc: Not related to rep[air just fortuitous occurance. See ortho spine or neurosurgical consult and get MRI ...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. Jarrod Kaufman
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Ventral Hernia (Definition)

Of an abdominal structure(s) through a failure in the abdominal wall at the level of ...Read more


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