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What To Expect After A Hernia Operation
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
Yes: There is normally a lump under the incision that we commonly refer to as the "healing ridge". This represents the inflammatory phase of wound healing, and resolved on its own by about 6-8 weeks. The lump could also be a fluid collection under the skin called a seroma - also normal and self limited. If however you think the lump is the hernia, call your surgeon asap. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some of the: Blood tracks down by gravity from the groin incision to the skin overlying the penis. Just like you can get discoloration under the eyes, when the injury is on your forehead. It will resolve with time. Ask your surgeon for specific details on how long to expect this to persist. ...Read more
Can I do stomach exercises after a hernia operation? And how long is the recovery period after a hernia operation?
It depends.: Most incisions are water-tight within 36- hours after surgery. It is not uncommon to see slight drainage during this early post-op period, especially if the method of closure included staples. However, beyond 2-3 days, this may be an early sign of a superficial wound infection--this warrants a call to your surgeon and possible face-to-face evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Common: Having a "bloated stomach" after abdominal surgery is very common. It may take a few more weeks to go back to normal. If there was a kink in the intestine preventing passage of intestinal contents, this would generally caused pain nausea and vomiting. Call your surgeon if you are really concerned for an exam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bloating: If you are having this done laparoscopically or robotically the incisional pain will improve quickly. Most patients having repair of a large hiatal hernia develop some bloating of their stomachs and some will have difficulty swallowing particularly with solids for several weeks. If you are having a fundoplication this is particularly likely. Once your surgeon allows solids chew well. ...Read more
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