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I had umblical hernia surgery over 6 months ago, is it normal to still hurt and feel pressure around the area?

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Dr. James Zasuly
Surgery - Plastics
10 doctors agree

In brief: Perhaps.

Pain after 6 months is rarely normal.
Scars can be tender for that long however. If you are eating well and digestive tract is healthy then the problem is more mechanical, less serious. Scar massage may be helpful. Talk to your surgeon.

In brief: Perhaps.

Pain after 6 months is rarely normal.
Scars can be tender for that long however. If you are eating well and digestive tract is healthy then the problem is more mechanical, less serious. Scar massage may be helpful. Talk to your surgeon.
Dr. James Zasuly
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
Best to call your operative surgeon. 6 months very long to still have pain. Must rule out recurrent hernia vs scar tissue formation.
Dr. Eric Chang
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

6 months is a long time for pain to persist, but sometimes if this is very intermittent pain with activity for instance that lasts but a second that may be normal.
Nonetheless it should be improving slowly.

In brief: Depends

6 months is a long time for pain to persist, but sometimes if this is very intermittent pain with activity for instance that lasts but a second that may be normal.
Nonetheless it should be improving slowly.
Dr. Eric Chang
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: Rare.

Most people who undergo umbilical hernia repair are pain-free within a few months after surgery.
However, extenuating factors may include the size of your hernia, whether mesh was used, the nature of your activity after surgery, etc. The safest thing to do is to return to see your surgeon with your concerns.

In brief: Rare.

Most people who undergo umbilical hernia repair are pain-free within a few months after surgery.
However, extenuating factors may include the size of your hernia, whether mesh was used, the nature of your activity after surgery, etc. The safest thing to do is to return to see your surgeon with your concerns.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
Seek in person re examination from the surgeon of record.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: See your doctor

This seems unusual and should be improving.
If it is not slowly improving or is getting worse, i would definitely discusses with your surgeon.

In brief: See your doctor

This seems unusual and should be improving.
If it is not slowly improving or is getting worse, i would definitely discusses with your surgeon.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Pain and pressure six months after surgery is not normal.
Perhaps a sensory nerve was injured and became entrapped in scar tissue. Your surgeon should evaluate the problem in order to possibly treat it.

In brief: No

Pain and pressure six months after surgery is not normal.
Perhaps a sensory nerve was injured and became entrapped in scar tissue. Your surgeon should evaluate the problem in order to possibly treat it.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
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3 doctors agree

In brief: This is not uncommon

Pain from umbilical hernia repair is not uncommon.
The severity and duration of the pain depends on surgical technique, mesh, and body habitus. When significant pain lasts greater than 3 months revisional surgery may be useful.

In brief: This is not uncommon

Pain from umbilical hernia repair is not uncommon.
The severity and duration of the pain depends on surgical technique, mesh, and body habitus. When significant pain lasts greater than 3 months revisional surgery may be useful.
Dr. Jonathan Yunis
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