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Hernia repair
« on: March 08, 2022, 05:03:24 pm »
I have been having abdominal pains for over a year and a scan was recently done.  The scan found bilateral inguinal hernias.  They are not huge but they are now painful.  My parents had hernias by the time they got into their 60s.

Has anyone had the hernia repair surgery or know someone who has?  I see they can now avoid opening you up by doing it with a scope and they do it in outpatient surgery.  As my appointment comes up, I'm getting more nervous.  I have my questions ready for the appointment.

If anyone knows, how did it go and how long did it take to heal?  Was it successful and did the mesh they put in work out okay?  I've had things taken out of me but never put in!  I'm also wondering how long before someone can do most things they did before the surgery including using the bathroom and picking up things.

I wonder whether the doctor will go ahead with the procedure and do it or ask me to postpone it some.  These hernias get bigger and worse.  I've read that it's better to catch it earlier.

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Re: Hernia repair
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2022, 11:31:03 pm »
My laparoscopic hernia surgery was a breeze.  Post-op I had practically no pain whatsoever.  I was completely ambulatory and able to drive and return to all normal activities within 48 hours.  (But mesh wasn't used in my case). 

For a lot of people, there may be an initial feeling of bloating post-op because of the gases used in the surgery, but it passes quickly.  And in some cases, yes, people do take up to two weeks to fully recover, but they tend to be outliers. 

It's a very safe surgery and I hope you won't worry about it too much. 

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Re: Hernia repair
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2022, 11:45:22 am »
My laparoscopic hernia surgery was a breeze.  Post-op I had practically no pain whatsoever.  I was completely ambulatory and able to drive and return to all normal activities within 48 hours.  (But mesh wasn't used in my case). 

For a lot of people, there may be an initial feeling of bloating post-op because of the gases used in the surgery, but it passes quickly.  And in some cases, yes, people do take up to two weeks to fully recover, but they tend to be outliers. 

It's a very safe surgery and I hope you won't worry about it too much.
Thanks.  Excellent response.  So I see that they may not use mesh and just sew up the area with the breach.

My question is whether the surgeon will want to me to wait.  It's there and bilateral, according to the scan.  It may not be advanced but I'm feeling it.  I am very motivated to go through with the surgery.  I think it takes less than an hour.  I'm hoping the surgeon is willing to go ahead.

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Re: Hernia repair
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2022, 12:05:55 pm »
Not a hernia repair but I had a (scheduled) laparoscopic gall bladder removal a little over a month ago. I was kind of worried because I had a burst appendix removed via a somewhat big incision around 1998 and woke up in a lot of pain at first, had to stay in the hospital a few days, and then take it easy at home at first.

My laparoscopic gallbladder removal was super easy--took about 45min, 4 small incisions, got to go home same day not too long after, almost no pain afterwards (just took ibuprofen for a couple days), and could resume normal activities right away except no lifting over 20lbs for 2 weeks so someone else had to take over the 5gal water bottle duties and the 40lb water softener salt bag duties at home for those 2 weeks. And I couldn't drive of course for 24 hours after surgery but I currently am not really driving anyway.

Not sure if hearing about my experience helps at all since it wasn't a hernia repair but I was shocked how easy it went and how little post-op pain.
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Re: Hernia repair
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2022, 02:47:45 pm »
The severity of your hernia will determine if your surgery is done now. Only your doctor can make that determination. You might want to ask exactly how the repair will be made. Does the mesh have a name ? What.is the name of the company that manufactures the mesh. You can do a search for the mesh your surgeon uses. That should give you an idea of the rate of success, possible complications, etc of that particular mesh. Ask your doctor for the approximate time frames to be able to do things.
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Re: Hernia repair
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2022, 07:02:24 pm »
I went to my appointment with the surgeon today. He found the bilateral hernia quickly.  He seemed to think it required attention.  He even told me about the condition of each side. I asked all the questions mentioned here.  I have to read all the info materials I was given.

It will be laparoscopic.  It will take a patch and not just incisions.  I wish it was just incisions.  The patch does not dissolve.  It stays in there.  This is a common way it is done so I guess I won't push the issue.

The surgery is scheduled.  He is a general surgeon and this is one of the procedures he does the most.  I felt good about the visit and am looking forward to getting it over with.

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Re: Hernia repair
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2022, 02:27:15 pm »
Thanks for the update. Hope you have a speedy recovery.
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