I just had an umbilical hernia repair. How long does it take to heal and what can I do about the bloatedness?

Full healing 4-6 wks. You should be feeling better in 1 week, but, you'll need 4-6 weeks for full strength in the wound to develop. If you resume activity or strain too soon, you may pop apart the wound and have another hernia develop.
Recovery support. Constipation and abdominal bloating after surgery is common. Best treated early with increasing oral liquids, magnesium laxatives and limited diet. Okay to check in with your surgery team. Get evaluated sooner if fever or vomiting develop. To protect your hernia repair, avoid coughing, straining and heavy lifting. Good luck.

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What is the recovery for lapriscopic umbilical hernia repair. How long are you swollen from gas. Recovery restrictions?

Depends . most surgeons agree that maximum strength of your repair reached in 6 weeks. Some surgeons allow laparoscopic repairs to lift normally right away,but limited data to support this. I say wait 6 weeks for heavy lifting otherwise no restrictions to reduce recurrence risk. If gas bloat caused by surgical induced CO2 it will be gone in 72 hours. Read more...

Can you tell me about an umbilical hernia repair?

Umbilical hernia . If the hernia is 2cm or less, surgery is usually quick, 20-30 minutes and doesn't require mesh. If larger, it may require mesh placement. This can be done as an open or laparoscopic operation. I perform most of my hernia repairs laparoscopically but that's a matter of preference. Recovery is a few days. No strenuous activity for 6 weeks. Pretty simple procedure. Read more...

I had laproscip umbilical hernia repair last Tuesday still in pain but can I pick up my 7 week old son? He bout 9or10 lbs. How long will pain last?

It depends. Usually, you can lift 10lbs, but it's best to check with your surgeon. The worst pain is the first week, but some pain is present for up to six weeks. Read more...

What to do about infection 3 months after umbilical hernia repair?

Depends. It depends on the type of repair and the specific location of the infection within the abdominal wall. If mesh or permanent sutures were used, AND are involved in the infection, they may need to be removed. If the infection is only in the skin (no pus, red skin only), then antibiotics may suffice. Best to get an evaluation from your surgeon. You can also ask for a second opinion if warranted. 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...

I had umbilical hernia repair about 5 years ago. Since I've had worrsoning stomach pains and bowel issues. No one seems to want to investigate.?

Chronic constipation. A bowel regimen may help. The goal is two soft bowel movements daily. Water and juices up to 1.5 liters daily, fiber tablets, laxatives (milk of magnesium or miralax), stool softeners, probiotics, and walking are all non-prescription things you can use for your bowel regimen. If you have fever or vomiting, or if your symptoms persist with your bowels regulated, then get evaluated. Read more...
Likely unrelated. Long term complications of umbilical hernia repair are recurrence and bowel obstruction. Neither one seems to be present. Read more...