How long does swelling last after umbilical hernia repair? I am 46 years old, at a healthy weight, and exercised for 60+ minutes before the surgery.

~4 days. It depends on how big the hernia was, how much dissection the surgeon had to do, and if it was done open (single larger incision) or laparoscopically (tiny incisions and a video camera). Usually, most of the swelling should be fading by about 4 days after surgery.
Several weeks. The fatty tissue will shrink. The bruising will resorb some residual scar is common follow instructions avoid sit-ups and abdominal strains for a couple of months to minimize recurrence.
2-4 WEEKS. I assume there are no signs of infection (redness, fevers, increased pain). It can last longer if there was a hematoma (collection of blood). If the swelling is growing see your surgeon as this may be a sign of recurrence. If however the swelling is slowly decreasing it can most likely be watched.

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I had umbilical hernia repair surgery a week ago and I have pain in my right side just above my hip for the last 3 days. Should I be concerned?

Probably ok. Did you have a laparoscopic or open repair? Is there an incision near your area of pain? It is probably just muscle soreness after the operation. If you are eating normally, having normal BMs, and no fevers or drainage from your incision then it is very likely normal recovery. Nevertheless, you should see your surgeon to ensure everything is ok. Read more...

What do you suggest if my child had umbilical hernia repair with mesh. Now she is having unexplained swelling of lips and face.?

Unknown. Unexlained swelling of lips and face suggests an allergic reaction, and should be seen right away by your pediatrician or an emergency room. Whether or not it has anything to do with the hernia repair would depend on when it was done. There are no known true allergies to synthetic mesh products, as they do not invoke an immune response. They can have problems though, so call the surgeon as well. Read more...

Could use your help docs! My daughter had umbilical hernia repair with mesh. Now she is having unexplained swelling on her face?

Swelling. Although swelling of the face, in the absence of other symptoms, suggests an allergic reaction, allergy to mesh is extremely uncommon. I suggest a combined consultation and evaluation both with your family physician or pediatrician as well as her surgeon.Her symptoms may or may not be related to her recent surgery and a thorough evaluation and consultation is necessary to sort things out. Read more...

My daughter had umbilical hernia repair with mesh. Now she is having unexplained swelling of lips and face. Could these be related?

Doubtful. It depends on when the hernia was repaired in relation to the start of symptoms. If the operation was yesterday, she could be having an allergic reaction to some medication. If it was months to years ago, there is certainly no relation, as the mesh does not cause allergic type reactions. May be best to see her primary care provider to help sort it out. Hope this helps! Read more...

Umbilical & supra umbilical hernia repair 21/2 weeks ago. A hard knot size of a ball point pen came up and is very painful. Normal? No fever, swelling

Need re-evalution. You should be mostly healed by 2.5 weeks. A painful knot can represent either a recurrance of your hernia or more likely a seroma (collection of fluid). Your surgeon will need to evaluate and determine which it is. Read more...
Should be looked at. Dear jenni, the most concerning cause for a bulge at the site of a hernia repair is a recurrent hernia. This would create a bulge at the same site that is painful and increases with straining. A smaller "knot, " such as you're describing, could be fibrous scar tissue, suture, or mesh. Severe pain 2 1/2 weeks after surgery is rare, so you should definitely have it looked at promptly. Read more...

Can I hear about experiences and recuperations of those who had umbilical hernia repair surgery?

Minor surgery. This is usually a minor outpatient surgery, usually an hour or less operation. Usually mild discomfort the first few days after surgery. Can resume light activities when your surgeon approves it, and usually full normal activities in 4 to 6 weeks. Read more...
2-3 weeks. Dear nicole, recovery for repair of a large umbilical hernia is shorter if it is done laparoscopically, with small incisions and a video camera. Small umbilical hernias can easily be fixed with a single incision. Depending on the size and type of surgery, you will be asked not to lift anything more than 15 lbs for about 3 weeks. Pain usually isn't bad, but is proportional to the hernia size. Read more...