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Dr. Boris Aronzon
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
19 years in practice
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How long does it take to recovery from open ventral hernia repair surgery and is there a hospital stay?

Dr. Boris Aronzon
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
19 years in practice
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How long does it take to recovery from open ventral hernia repair surgery and is there a hospital stay?

Depends: Depends on the size of the hernia, surgical skills, patients recovering abilities. Your surgeon is the best guide. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Dr. David Earle
Board Certified, General Surgery
26 years in practice
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How long does it take to recovery for open ventral hernia repair surgery and is there a hospital stay?

Dr. David Earle
Board Certified, General Surgery
26 years in practice
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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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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Board Certified, Bariatrics
29 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Board Certified, Bariatrics
29 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Richard Pollard
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
25 years in practice
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What type of anethesia is used for a ventral hernia repair?

Dr. Richard Pollard
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
25 years in practice
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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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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Dr. Gerardo Garcia
Board Certified, General Surgery
28 years in practice
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What skin prep solution is used for a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair?

Dr. Gerardo Garcia
Board Certified, General Surgery
28 years in practice
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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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Dr. J. Roth
Board Certified, General Surgery
23 years in practice
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Please tell me what skin prep solution would be used for a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair?

Dr. J. Roth
Board Certified, General Surgery
23 years in practice
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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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Dr. David Earle
Board Certified, General Surgery
26 years in practice
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Is it normal to develope seroma five months after laposcopic ventral hernia repair with mesh?

Dr. David Earle
Board Certified, General Surgery
26 years in practice
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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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Dr. Jay Stylman
Board Certified, General Surgery
33 years in practice
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After open ventral hernia repair will I have to stay in the hospital and if so for how long?

Dr. Jay Stylman
Board Certified, General Surgery
33 years in practice
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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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Dr. Jonathan Yunis
Board Certified, General Surgery
31 years in practice
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What can be cuasing my abdomen to swell and hurt almost 4 months after mesh ventral hernia repair?

Dr. Jonathan Yunis
Board Certified, General Surgery
31 years in practice
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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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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
Board Certified, Trauma Surgery
45 years in practice
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What could be causing severe r sciatic nerve irritation s/p ventral hernia repair?

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
Board Certified, Trauma Surgery
45 years in practice
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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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