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Doctor insights on: Ventral Hernia Surgery Recovery Time

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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?

Days-to-weeks.: Recovery following ventral hernia surgery is dependent on the operative approach (laparoscopic vs. Open), the size of the hernia, the health of the patient, the size and type of the mesh used, and the level of recovery needed to return to baseline activity. ...Read more

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Dr. Zahid Niazi
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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?

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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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