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After umbilical hernia surgery, how long should I expect the pain to last?

After umbilical hernia surgery, how long should I expect the pain to last?

Depends: Severe pain should be gone by 72 hours. By a week or two you should be able to do most activities with little pain. Discuss with your surgeon how long they would like you to limit how much you lift. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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What to eat after umbilical hernia surgery?

What to eat after umbilical hernia surgery?

Anything: There shouldn't be any dietary restrictions following umbilical hernia surgery. ...Read more

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What is seroma ?? is this common after umbilical hernia surgery ??

What is seroma ??     is this common after umbilical hernia surgery ??

Collection of fluid: A seroma is a collection of fluid (serum). The serum is the liquid part of your blood (as opposed to the cells) and is similar to the fluid that is inside a blister. Seromas can occur after any surgery and can resolve without treatment although sometimes the doctor will draw out the fluid. If it is causing a lot of discomfort, return to the doctor for treatment. DO NOT TRY TO DRAIN IT ON YOUR OWN. ...Read more

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How much blood under tagaderm is normal after umbilical hernia surgery?

How much blood under tagaderm is normal after umbilical hernia surgery?

Small amount: May be seen under tagaderm dressing , due to skin oozing , call your surgeon and go for follow up visit. ...Read more

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How soon after umbilical hernia surgery can I walk up and down stairs?

How soon after umbilical hernia surgery can I walk up and down stairs?

When comfortable: Actually, you should be able to walk up stairs almost immediately after umbilical hernia repair, just take it easy as you do it. You should avoid heavy lifting and direct abdominal wall trauma for 4 to 6 weeks postop. Listen to your body -- if you go to do something, and you feel pain, that's your body saying don't do that. It's best to ask your operative surgeon what you can and can't do. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a blister like thing with fluid in it 4 days after umbilical hernia surgery ??

Healing process: Sometimes fluid can accumulate under the skin as the body heals from surgery. If it's not very painful or red, then it's probably not an emergency, but the surgeon should be notified. ...Read more

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Is a hard lump after umbilical hernia surgery (open repair) normal? I've had it for ten months now.

Is a hard lump after umbilical hernia surgery (open repair) normal? I've had it for ten months now.

Lump after surgery: A lump in the area where you had your surgery is most likely scar tissue. The thing to do is check with your surgeon to be sure. It is. Not. Unusual to have firm scar tissue like you have described. ...Read more

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What is umbilical hernia surgery?

What is umbilical hernia surgery?

Repair: if one has an umbilical hernia, and hernia defect, and sac it can cause pain and other symptoms. Repair can be done with stitches, mesh material , and surgical techniques. ...Read more

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What are the long term problems of adult umbilical hernia surgery?

What are the long term problems of adult umbilical hernia surgery?

Usually none : Immediate complications after surgery may include infection , bowel obstruction, perforation , strangulation , gangrene etc. Don't worry much ...Read more

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I had umbilical hernia surgery 6 months ago. Does the mesh ever dissolve away?

Depends: It depends what kind of mesh was used; talk with your surgeon to find out and how long it will take to be reabsorbed by your body. ...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