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How long would it take me to recover if I have a ventral hernia surgery?

How long would it take me to recover if I have a ventral hernia surgery?

Varies: Usually back to light work in a week and 4-6 weeks before doing heavy physical activities or heavy exersise. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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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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Can a seroma redevelop 3 months after open ventral hernia surgery with mesh and a wound vac?

Can a seroma redevelop 3 months after open ventral hernia surgery with mesh and a wound vac?

Persistent Seroma: Seromas following surgery can be very frustrating for both the surgeon and for the patient. Though usually most seromas get better with time occasionally there are some seromas to refuse to go away. Seromas that have been present for a long time tend to form capsules which prevents permanent resolution. Sometimes these chronic seromas need to be surgically removed. ...Read more

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I developed a seroma five months after lap. Ventral hernia surgery, how long can it take for the seroma to go away on its own?

I developed a seroma five months after lap. Ventral hernia surgery, how long can it take for the seroma to go away on its own?

Months: It usually takes at least a few months for a seroma to resolve. Using an abdominal binder to place pressure on the abdomen will help the seroma to resolve quicker. ...Read more

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Ventral hernia surgery tomorrow with possible mesh. How safe is surgery? How long surgery usually take? Very scared! Please help calm my fears thanks!

Ventral hernia surgery tomorrow with possible mesh. How safe is surgery? How long surgery usually take? Very scared! Please help calm my fears thanks!

Info in consent: Unless there are contraindications, mesh is usually used for defects >4 cm. The repair can be performed laparoscopically or open. Complications include wound infection (12-18% after open surgery, less after laparoscopic aproach), bowel injury (up to 20% during open surgery, 1% laparoscopic), seroma formation, prolonged post-operative pain. Length of the operation varies from case to case (1-4 hrs). ...Read more

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I had gallbladder surgery and 3 months later ventral hernia surgery, but why after 4 weeks am I still sick and in a lot of pain?

Hard to answer.: The reason you could be sick and still in a lot of pain could be due to any number of reasons, some related to the surgeries and some not. The differential for vague symptoms of "sick" and "pain" is wide, and unfortunately can't be answered simply here. You could be having a complication of surgery, or you could be having a new or separate process going on. Return to your surgeon for work-up. ...Read more

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Wt is the difference in a ventral hernia and a wide mouth ventral hernia? I had hernia surgery a little over a year ago and this wide mouth came up

Wt is the difference in a ventral hernia and a wide mouth ventral hernia? I had hernia surgery a little over a year ago and this wide mouth came up

Size: A "wide mouth" ventral hernia is not an accepted term for a hernia in the medical field. However, I assume that your physician was trying to describe your hernia defect as being large. Hernias come in all shapes, sizes and positions. The wider a hernia defect, the more difficult it is to repair and the more likely it is for the repair to fail over time. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my stomach to have times where it is hard as a rock three months post ventral hernia surgery and four weeks post gallbladder surgery?

Is it normal for my stomach to have times where it is hard as a rock three months post ventral hernia surgery and four weeks post gallbladder surgery?

Seroma: After a ventral hernia repair you can get a fluid collection above the mesh between the skin and the hernia repair. The fluid collection called a Seroma, can take several weeks to months to resolve. Even in a Lap Chole you can develop a seroma at the umbilical incision. You should see your surgeon so they can exam to r/o any other causes. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my stomach to become rock hard three months post ventral hernia surgery and four weeks post gallbladder surgery.?

Is it normal for my stomach to become rock hard three months post ventral hernia surgery and four weeks post gallbladder surgery.?

Maybe: There could be a fluid collection building up in front of the mesh use for the hernia repair (if one was used). Call your surgeon to arrange a physical exam. ...Read more

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I had ventral hernia surgery on sept 7th. I get this contraction like feeling and stomach gets hard. It isn't painful but causes discomfort. Normal?

I had ventral hernia surgery on sept 7th. I get this contraction like feeling and stomach gets hard. It isn't painful but causes discomfort. Normal?

Most likey: It's only been a few days since your surgery and most people will have discomfort for a week or two after ventral hernia repair. Binder support helps sometimes. When is your scheduled postoperative check? Your surgeon is your best resource at this point - call if you have concerns. ...Read more

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Can a weak spot in my abdomen be causing a seroma to return almost seven months after lap. Ventral hernia surgery? If not than what could be causing the seroma to return?

Can a weak spot in my abdomen be causing a seroma to return almost seven months after lap. Ventral hernia surgery? If not than what could be causing the seroma to return?

R/o FB!!: Well, after surgery any surgery a foreign body like a stitch or a mesh that was probably used at surgery could cause a reaction in the tissues and seroma would be the result. Please go see the surgeon who performed the procedure... ...Read more

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I'm almost 2 weeks post ventral hernia surgery and have been very constipated. I had bowel movement & there was a lot of blood. Should I be concerned?

I'm almost 2 weeks post ventral hernia surgery and have been very constipated. I had bowel movement & there was a lot of blood. Should I be concerned?

Due to constipation: This may be due to the constipation. You may have developed a hemorrhoid as the cause of bleeding. We need to discuss this with your physician to help confirm that. ...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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I am having open ventral hernia repair surgery with lysis of adhesions from multiple bowel surgeries do u think I will have to stay in hospital over?

I am having open ventral hernia repair surgery with lysis of adhesions from multiple bowel surgeries do u think I will have to stay in hospital over?

Depends: This Question would best be answered by your surgeon. Depending on your age, other medical conditions, etc, will often determine if you need to stay overnight or can do a same day procedure. Having an open Hernia repair with lysis of adhesions will often require an overnight stay, so be sure to ask and discuss with your Surgeon, best wishes. ...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 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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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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After open ventral hernia repair will I have to stay in the hospital and if so for how long?

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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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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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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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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Had ventral hernia repair, when can I drink alcohol?

Had ventral hernia repair, when can I drink alcohol?

As tolerated: You can start drinking alcohol when you're no longer taking narcotic pain medication, and as you tolerate it. Moderation is always good. ...Read more

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How can an abdominal ventral hernia repair with a mesh end up with a hernia in ur stomack?

How can an abdominal ventral hernia repair with a mesh end up with a hernia in ur stomack?

Not related: Hernia in a stomach known as hiatal hernia is unrelated to abdominal ventral hernia. Venttal hernia is due to weakness in abdominal wall and hital hernia is a part of stomach herniating above the diaphragm. They are of several types and treatment is depending on the severity of symptoms. ...Read more

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How could a abdominal ventral hernia repair with a mesh end up with a hernia in ur stomack?

How could a abdominal ventral hernia repair with a mesh end up with a hernia in ur stomack?

Not sure: I'm not sure what you mean by a hernia in your stomach, but your stomach can herniate in to your chest, and is called a hiatal hernia. This is separate from a ventral her is, and you can have both at the same time. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Had ventral hernia repair 2/14/13. Recent upper resp. Infection w/ cough has caused 2 more hernias to form from lap. Incision sites. Sugg.?

Had ventral hernia repair 2/14/13. Recent upper resp. Infection w/ cough has caused 2 more hernias to form from lap. Incision sites. Sugg.?

Hernia recurrence: Whether the hernia is a recurrence at the original site, or new hernias from laparoscopic incisions, it sounds like you will need to have then repaired. It is unfortunate, but straining, lifting, & coughing can all cause hernias to form or recur. ...Read more

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I am still in severe pain after 2nd ventral hernia repair a few months ago. Ct scan is clear, doesn't feel like nerve pain. What else could it be?

I am still in severe pain after 2nd ventral hernia repair a few months ago. Ct scan is clear, doesn't feel like nerve pain. What else could it be?

Post surgery care: There are several possible causes to your prolonged acute pain after abdominal surgery. Stay with your surgical team. With a post op ct scan done and "clear" this team is working with you. Wear an abdominal binder to support your new repair. Avoid coughing, straining and lifting. Check in with your doc/surgery team frequently. Use anti-inflammatory over the counter Ibuprofen products. Good luck. ...Read more

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Pain in the upper left-hand side of my abdomen just beneath the rib cage. What can be the cause of this pain. Had Ventral hernia repair on 7-7-14.?

Pain in the upper left-hand side of my abdomen just beneath the rib cage. What can be the cause of this pain. Had Ventral hernia repair on 7-7-14.?

See the surgeon: When you have had recent surgery, a new pain in the same area has to be considered to be related to the surgery until shown not to be. Sometimes, post-operative adhesions can do this; sometimes swelling or fluid in the area of the surgery. In any case, you need to see the surgeon who did the procedure so that he/she can evaluate the problem and treat it properly. ...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


Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more