Hernia (Types, Symptoms, and Surgery)

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Did you have surgery for your hernia, and what was the prognosis? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Dannymmm, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 11

I had a left inguinal hernia operation 13 days ago. I feel pretty good, it still aches, but it is not too bad, and I walked 10 km yesterday throughout the day. It seems to be most uncomfortable sitting up. I'm a 30 year old, pretty fit male and been taking turmeric supplement for about 2 months. I wonder if this has helped as it is anti-inflammatory and has lots of other health benefits.

Comment from: Tezack, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 10

I had right side inguinal hernia open repair in February 2018. I have never felt right since. I now can’t walk very far and physical exertion takes me a week to recover. I was kept being told to give it time. Well, time is up, now we have COVID, and I can’t get anything done. So looks like it will be a while longer. I wish I never had it done.

Comment from: John Paul J, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 04

I had a mesh repair to my large incisional hernia 13 weeks ago but it doesn't feel comfortable. I'm not in pain but my midriff is heavy and hard. I had a very big melon-shaped bulge. At present my bulge is more lateral and not so prominent but it still looks and feels abnormal. I am not sure the discomfort I'm experiencing is normal.

Comment from: Sultan, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 08

I had open surgery on my umbilical hernia 6 months ago. It was small, so mesh wasn't used. Recently I did some pullups and pushups and a day later I felt a mild dull pain in that area. It now feels like a mild stomach ache accompanied by mild nausea in the morning. There is no bulge but I still have this feeling.

Comment from: tom59, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 17

Tomorrow I’ll be 59. I had inguinal hernia mesh revision surgery on my left side on July 8th, 2020. I have testicular pain due to the mesh plug getting wrapped around the spermatic cord. Pain sometimes is very high due to the cord twisting (torsion), whenever I cross my left leg.

Comment from: MAPASEKA , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I had hernia repair surgery on the 18th September, 2020. It is swelling even on the top of the line (on the cut). I have pains that feels like period pains most of the time. I also have abnormal pains in the navel.

Comment from: mary b, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I had no surgery for my hernia. It appeared from a previous surgery. Wonder if I should be concerned.

Comment from: Cathy D , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

Yes, I had surgery for my hernia, 4 weeks ago. I have been so nauseous I can’t stand it. I went to the emergency room, they took a test and said it is fluid buildup from the surgery. The nausea is so bad I wish I could throw up, plus I am constipated.

Comment from: Scott, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 28

I had my umbilical hernia surgery done with mesh 18 months ago. It is now really starting to hurt behind the belly button and I am terrified the mesh has torn or the hernia has returned. I have had three heart operations this year and would hate to risk getting my arrythmia back if I had to have further surgery. I am having an ultrasound on Friday.

Comment from: Jeanne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I am into my fourth week from surgery, after a hernia at my belly button was repaired at the same time as an emergency gallbladder removal which caused acute pancreatitis and irritation to the kidney. There is deep and radiating redness around the incision and oozing in the fourth week. The surgeon saw me and said to let her know if it was still infected in a couple of weeks. I have done that and sent photos. The other incisions have healed, but the hernia burns, hurts, and won't heal. May be long-term.

Comment from: Tina , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I had hernia surgery. I am female. The doctor said he didn’t use mesh. But 7 months later, I have a ping pong looking swelling in the same spot. It doesn’t hurt. But it looks weird. It is right at my pubic area. I don’t like the way it looks. It’s embarrassing to me. I don’t know what is wrong and what to do about it.

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Comment from: Matta, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

I'm years 21 of age, and I had right abdominal hernia five years ago. I started feeling nerve pain on the site plus another bulge at the left side entering my scrotum. I went to a more advanced surgeon who said I needed to have a surgery again to repair the right nerve pain encountered and to fix the left abdominal hernia. That was done successfully but after three weeks from surgery, I started feeling pain on the right sight that I had the second operation. I feel disturbed and worried.

Comment from: Bug nuts, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 03

I had hernia surgery for inguinal hernia in my groin. I woke up from surgery with swelling in my testicles and took that to be normal. I went to the doctor for my checkup a few weeks later, told him about the swelling down there and he said it was normal. Here it is 6 months later and I have hernia the size of a ping-pong ball in my right testicle that wasn't there when I went in for surgery, not normal. I'm in worse shape now than I was before and I'm afraid to let any doctors look at it again.

Comment from: scott2020, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 07

I had inguinal hernia and had surgery, then been 2 or 4 weeks off work post-surgery. But I have pain in my testicles on the right side, goes up beside my penis, then the left side now is hanging down 6 inches down my leg. The right one’s size is a small quarter and left size is soft ball. The doctors kept me off work for a year, I lost my job and been to see 15 different doctors. Each one has a different thing to say and one did another surgery on me but it still not help. I wish I never had the surgery. I can't wear jeans because with testicles like that, they hurt more.

Comment from: Carl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I had bilateral inguinal hernia repair both sides. I used ice on the areas for 2 days and then heat for 2 days. I took no pain medicines of any kind. After 3 days I have no pain, and after 5 days very slight soreness at one incision. I expect no soreness after 5 or 6 days.

Comment from: Bill zanghi , 45-54 (Patient) Published: November 21

I had emergency incarcerated abdominal hernia surgery on November 5, 2019. I had the hernia for about 6 years, never any problem, but it finally got incarcerated and I went to the emergency room. They did a CT scan and said surgery immediately. It’s two weeks today and I'm just hanging in there. Being overweight didn't do me any help with my surgery, but the surgeon said all went well. Nine staples to close, they took them out November 15, and I'm just home healing. I am bored and still in pain, not as much though.

Comment from: Eflow, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 12

I had an umbilical hernia surgery repair 3 weeks ago, and the surgery was quick. I was in the hospital a couple of hours then back at home. I had 2 days of 800 mg ibuprofen before bed and in the morning, and after that the pain was very manageable. If you are thinking about doing it and you're worried, trust me, don't be. Go get it done, get it behind you, and you'll be happy you did.

Comment from: [email protected], 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 12

I had a hernia removed 10/3/19. The hernia was small to moderate size. As of today 11/9 I still have pain around my stomach. The funny thing is that the pain was located on the opposite side of where the hernia was. Now a month later the pain is located on the side of the hernia. The pain is not debilitating but uncomfortable. Sitting lessens the pain. I do have belly fat so I need to lose some weight. I want to go back and resume all my physical activities but I don't want to strain myself.

Comment from: MaintenanceMike, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 21

I had a hernia (scrotum type) for about 8 years prior to surgery. It was about the size of a tennis ball. On Oct 5th, 2019 it became strangulated, the worst pain I have ever felt in my life (and I've had a few kidney stones to compare it to). It is now October 18th, 13 days after surgery. The 3 inch incision just below my waistline is a little swollen, and the area in my scrotum where the hernia used to be is swollen to about the size of a tennis ball. The doctor said last week it is only swelling.

Comment from: markA, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 16

I had a bilateral inguinal hernia repair done 6 weeks ago and now virtually fully recovered. It was uncomfortable for the first week or so and after a few days I had some alarming bruising of my penis and testicles that took a few weeks to go. Built up some walking gradually after the first week. Checked everything was working as it should after 2 weeks - gently at first but now back to a normal sex life. Still not doing any heavy lifting but no pain or discomfort at all now.

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Comment from: Phylmar, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

I had an umbilical hernia operation a few days ago. Pain in the abdominal area is excruciating. They kept me overnight because of nausea and pain. I also have gained about 10 lb. in two days. Bags of liquid were given and it was constant. Hopefully this tenderness and severe pain lessen.

Comment from: Cookie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I had umbilical hernia repair surgery done August of this year. It was done laparoscopic, no mesh. A week later I was still having drainage and some bleeding. I went to the emergency room and was told drainage was ok, it was due to a seroma and would stop soon; and also that the incision opened a bit but not to worry. I saw the surgeon a few weeks after surgery and was told the wound was still open and draining, but they don’t need to re-close it, I’ll be fine. Here it is almost two months later, it’s still open, and draining.

Comment from: Mary, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

It is 3 weeks today since I had robotic incisional hernia repair. Everything has been healing good except for last night. Not sure if I pulled, twisted or what. I felt the most excruciating pain when turning on my side. The pain is at one of the incision sites on the left. This was at 4 am. I had been able to turn without no pain before. If I cough, I feel that pain and it seems to radiate to my back lungs area. Wonder if I should be worried about this.

Comment from: David, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 28

I had hernia surgery when I was under two years old. I have had no problems with pain in that area until now. I am now 45 years old and for some three months now I have had a burning sub-dermal pain beneath the stitch scar. It's starting to get worse and more persistent. I don’t know why it is burning like this all of a sudden after so many years of not having a problem at all. Thank you.

Comment from: CEB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I had incisional hernia repair surgery, robotic, using mesh about 3 weeks ago. The hernia was in my middle upper abdomen where when sitting I would bend. Well, I have been feeling a burning feeling when I sit too long. This is the only problem I have, other than that I feel awesome. I just hope that burning feeling is temporary. I have my follow up appointment with my surgeon today.

Comment from: James, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 21

About three months ago, I underwent inguinal hernia repair. The surgery went pretty well and it seemed like I healed really quickly. I am a fairly fit person, not obese and I am very active with my job and with my personal life. Now whenever I do anything strenuous like lift something heavy or run, I get into a lot of pain in the area where the hernia is and it feels like my testicle is being squeezed. The surgeon has given up at this point and referred me to a pain management specialist.

Comment from: Slwarner72 , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I had umbilical hernia surgery on August 6th. It was larger than what they thought. It went 12 inches across and I had 11 incisions. I’m still in a lot of pain, they are cutting off my pain medication and I can’t take ibuprofen because it causes my kidney functions to go down. Not sure what to do.

Comment from: Ben1505, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 13

I had left-sided inguinal hernia repaired 9 days ago. Pain is not too bad now but I do have a large lump under the scar. It’s quite hard to press. Not sure if this is normal.

Comment from: Icey, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I had a liver transplant in 2007 and developed a hernia. Therefore, on June 27, 2019 my liver transplant doctor did an incisional hernia repair. I used to look like I was three months pregnant. People constantly asked me when I was due, or said congratulations! My transplant surgeon told me he did not use any mesh because my muscles were already super strong but separated. He stated I had hernias inside of hernias and some fluid. I want to know why my stomach is still big.

Comment from: Faith, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

I am a 49 years old female diabetic. I had umbilical hernia repair and gallbladder removal surgery on July 12, 2019. I am 10 days post operation and my belly is still very swollen and very painful. I feel like they are pulling my insides and have a burning feeling like pain. My belly button is so sensitive to the touch, there is a swollen bulge above my belly button to the abdomen, and very uncomfortable. My belly button is covered with gauze and tape, I can’t take it out until I see my doctor July 23.

Comment from: Jason, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 16

I just had my 6th hernia repair surgery. One lower left inguinal, 1 umbilical, and 4 lower right hernia repairs (revisions on top of revisions). The pain is the scrotum is pretty normal. It does go away with time. What I've also learned is no matter how strong or in shape you are, it can also be a genetic defect. I am very active and in shape. I have also had all three types of surgery, open, laparoscopic, and now robotic. All hurt equally as bad! Hang in there, gents. It all heals. Things won't seem right, but will heal.

Comment from: Lueder, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 12

I got my hernia while splitting heavy logs. At emergency room in the hospital I was in lots of pain and nowhere to lie down. Finally, I got in and within 5 minutes pain went away. They wanted to do surgery and I walked out. That was a year ago. Basically I wear a jock strap or support back pain belt.

Comment from: screenname, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I just had umbilical (no mesh) and right inguinal (mesh) hernia open repair 10 days ago. First 2 days post-operation were very painful. Umbilical incision is fine. Right inguinal incision is worrying me. It hurts to move my leg or walk. By hurt, I mean very uncomfortable. I feel like 10 days post-operation, I should be almost pain-free. Also, below my incision to the top of my inner thigh, is numb. This area also burns and throbs throughout the day. My surgeon said this is normal and prescribed me Neurontin. Not helping.

Comment from: Terry, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I had hernia surgery almost 8 weeks ago. I am still having terrible belly pain around the belly button and burning. I had laparoscopic hernia surgery after having a small bowel resection surgery. It is very painful, burns and hurts still to stretch, cough or bend. I saw my primary doctor today for blood work and x-rays. My next visit with my surgeon is on May 23. I hope he has answers about the pain, burning and a huge belly; looks like I am pregnant. I am also having a fever. I hope to get answers! This surgery was terrible.

Comment from: Terry, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 17

I had a hernia surgery above my belly button 5 weeks ago. I had hernia from a previous surgery and the hernia was huge. I am still having burning, sharp, doubled over pain and fever. I was told by my doctor this was one of the most painful surgeries he does and I should be healed up in 8 weeks. The sharp pain is awful, to cough, move or bend takes your breath, and it hurts so badly. I am going back to see my doctor. I am worried the mesh is causing my pain.

Comment from: Phoebe Jones, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I had open surgery for an umbilical hernia repair almost 3 weeks ago. For the first 5 days I was in absolute agony until I had a large seroma leak from the wound which frightened me to death but on a pain scale of 0-10 the pain went down to a 2. The seroma was rupturing through the wound on a daily basis for a week or so but it has gradually got less and now the wound has dried up the leaking has stopped.

Comment from: Steed Lewis, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 28

I am a pretty fit, slim non-smoking man, 46 years of age. I used to run 3 times a week before surgery and carry out other exercise. I had bi-lateral, inguinal hernia surgery 6 months ago; I had two, 2 inch incisions about an inch or so above my penis either side of my lower abdomen and the repair was carried out using mesh. My hernia repairs appear to have healed fine following the surgery, but I do still have swelling and soreness on either side and just above my testicles. My problem, since the surgery, I have an overactive (if that's possible) cremasteric reflex and my testicles spend most of the day ascended in my abdomen. I believe, but don't know for sure that this is due to scar tissue affecting/shortening my spermatic chord. I feel like my testicles are constantly being squashed! I had a consultation/examination with the surgeon last week and he has said it is fine and is just taking a while to heal. I can't run at the moment and I limit all physical activity as much as possible; it just leads to more pain/swelling. I would love to know when my testicles will go back to normal and when I'll be able to run again.

Comment from: Joe, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

I had ventral hernia repair almost 5 weeks ago. I don't know what caused it, I am not overweight and in pretty good shape. I was on pain medicines oxycodone for 3 days then ibuprofen for about 5 days. Gradually after about a week the pain began to subside. End of second week I went for exercise walks. I still experience slight pain in the surgery area around navel and mesh area. Mesh area near belt line is a little puffy and swollen. Doctor gave me limitations of 20 lb lifting after the 2 weeks. I have been off of work the whole time. I will be going back to the doctor today for a nod to go back to work after 5 weeks. A little worried about work requirements like lifting, pushing, pulling, etc. We'll see today.

Comment from: Mcauley, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I had umbilical hernia repair 3 weeks ago. It went well. I had bearable pain for the first 5 days and after that was almost pain free. I took it easy for the first week and then gradually got back to normal. I walked every day and took painkillers for the first few days. I feel so much better now that the hernia has been repaired and would advise anyone with a hernia to have this operation.

Comment from: Nina, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

On June 6, 2015 I had to have a hernia repair done. The year before I had colon cancer and had a resection done, in the same area I developed a large hernia that stuck out from stomach on the right side. I had an 8 inch hole that they had to repair. They pulled all of the muscles in the area together and put two layers of mesh on it to hold it together. It is now September 4th, 2015 and I am still in pain. The area is hard and if I move wrong the pain causes me to double over. They said that the type of repair that I had done was going to be very painful. I have been back to the doctors and they are saying that I have nerve damage and put me on Lyrica to help with the pain. It does help but I am in pain every day at work at home and trying to move in my sleep is a joke. I am at my wits’ end I just don't know what to do and I am so tired of being in pain all the time.

Comment from: Richard, Male (Patient) Published: March 17

I had bilateral inguinal hernias repaired surgically some 10 days ago, laparoscopic keyhole surgery with nylon mesh inserted. All holding together so far. There is bruising and soreness under the belly button where the main incision took place. Further down feels fine. I am slowly building up my activity level but without the heavy lifting. I am trying to avoid coughing and sneezing as these can be painful. Two weeks off work with plenty of lying down is helping with the recovery. I anticipate it will be around 6 weeks before I hop back on my road bike for a decent cycle.

Comment from: I have had 2 hernia , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

I am having another hernia forming after 2 surgeries. It's painful and makes me nauseous.

Comment from: Mary, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I’m 8 weeks post inguinal hernia surgery. I feel bloated still and just under my belly it feels bruised. It still hurts when moving around. I wonder if this is normal or if I should be worried.

Comment from: Daniel C, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 13

Four days ago I had my hernia located above the belly button done through incisional surgery. I have been up walking around since I woke up from the operation. The pain at times can be hard and even 4 days after, it is still inflamed to the point of not being able to stand up completely straight, which is causing backache. I have taken the pressure dressing off on day 2 but haven't touched the surgical dressing as yet with it being stuck to the scab that has formed, so I’m soaking it when I feel comfortable.

Comment from: Juanita , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

This is my 3rd hernia repair surgery and it's not nearly as painful as the umbilical one was. I was told not to bend over for 4 weeks, instead squat, and no lifting over 5 pounds.

Comment from: Susan, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 25

I had hernia surgery 11 weeks ago and am in so much pain now.

Comment from: StaceyD, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I had umbilical hernia repair (open) surgery 6 weeks ago, and mesh was used. I wonder if it is normal to still feel like it is “bruised”. I also have a pulling sensation, can almost say it feels like the internal stitches pulling where I assume the top of the mesh is placed. This is my 3rd umbilical hernia repair, but the first time with mesh, so obviously over-paranoid.

Comment from: Brian, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 24

I had a hernia surgery, right inguinal hernia surgery, in September 2019. Now after the surgery it's been about 6 months, and my belly button is sticking out 3 inches, the size of a golf ball. That was where one of their incision cuts were and also I have fluid buildup from the mesh that is the size of a tennis ball. Also my stomach doesn't digest food right and my stomach is always sticking out.

Comment from: FZK, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 12

I had inguinal hernia repair laparoscopic surgery 3 weeks back. I had cramps for the first 2 days but they went away. After four days I had pain in my testicles and scrotum area and the doctor said that this is normal and to continue to take painkillers. After one week the pain became considerably better. After 2 weeks I started to do pushups and recovery was generally going fine. After 3 weeks I noticed that swelling and pain has returned in the mesh repair area in the groin.

Comment from: Tmoore, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I had hernia repair on both sides 30 years ago. All of a sudden the left side scar is hurting when I bend over, and that similar operating dull pain.

Comment from: stenkarazin, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 26

I am a 70 year old female, in good shape. I have survived two cancers, having my cecum removed, and a Caesarean section. This pain from hernia removal surgery is the worst I have ever had. I was not informed or prepared. Ask lots of questions!

Comment from: Burning Man, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 26

I had umbilical hernia surgery 4 weeks ago with a small mesh implanted under my navel. I feel a rubbing sensation under my navel that is causing pain and burning sensation to my penis. It is extremely uncomfortable and gets worse when I walk and sit down. My surgeon doesn’t know why I am having these symptoms as he said I am healing well and no tenderness to the navel area. I don't have a urinary tract infection but am taking antibiotics as a precaution. Wonder if anyone has had similar symptoms.

Comment from: Hurting at 60, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I had an umbilical hernia repair less than a year ago. The mesh has popped and now I have another hernia which has been so painful from before I had the hernia repaired. I'm 60 and have so many health issues but found a surgeon to repair it and then he decided not to, right before surgery. MRIs and CT scans do not show this hernia that needs to be repaired. You just know. My hernia is sticking out again and so very painful, like another person said on here; I can't eat either.

Comment from: Josiah, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 05

I had hernia surgery in February of 2019. I tossed and turned in my sleep last night from sharp pains where I had the surgery. I don’t know what I can do at this point.

Comment from: BG, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 13

I am experiencing slight pain, nausea and dizziness in my upper abdominal area. My surgery for hernia was on February 7, 2019.

Comment from: Trotha, 25-34 (Patient) Published: September 06

I had an umbilical hernia repair on 05/06/2019. Everything was going well and the pain was gone but after 2 months the pain started again. I’m swollen on the navel where the hernia was repaired. I guess I should call the doctor again.

Comment from: Siv71, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I had incisional open hernia repair 5 weeks ago and I have started having pain, cramping and heartburn type of pain again. The fatigue is debilitating, I am not sure all this is normal.

Comment from: Gary S., 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 06

I had surgery for an inguinal hernia. After 6 days it is still very sore, not sure if this is normal.

Comment from: Jnr, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I had the same sort of hernia, 28 mm on one side and 36 on the other just above my groin. I had mesh put in over 12 months ago and at the moment on one side I can't stand on my leg. I am not sure if I should go to the hospital.

Comment from: Ohhurts, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

I got a hernia a week after my prostatectomy. I guess, it’s been with me a year now. Surgery was done on it yesterday. My bubble was on the other side of the abdomen from the surgery scars. I am wondering if they missed it!

Comment from: Jan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I had hernia umbilical surgery in March 2019, and spent a night in the hospital because I was in terrible pain. I also couldn’t feel my legs. It’s June now and l have swelling and tenderness above the incision, not sure why. I have 15 pound weight restriction from my doctor. They are going to do ultra sound. My incision is beautiful, but Inside is still sore.

Comment from: Lulu, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

I had ventral hernia surgery repair on March 1. I finally went back to work on April 22. I still have pain in my abdomen, and when I lift something a little heavy, I get sharp pains on and off in my abdomen. I want to return to my exercise routine, but unfortunately I am not ready yet. This is taking a lot longer than I expected to fully recover!

Comment from: Vagal, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

On August 2, 2018 I had hernia surgery. Now over 4 weeks later, I had 2 hernias removed, and mesh put over one left in. My stomach still hurts and I hurt if I bend. I'm calling my doctor on Monday. I thought I would be back to myself by now.

Comment from: Gina, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

I had ventral hernia surgery done in July 2017 and I never feel like I am pain free. My abdomen feels sore and now my lower back and lower abdominal pain have got worse. I cannot eat a proper meal, I eat very little food. I think my doctor need to do CT scan to find out what is wrong. I am so sick and tired being sick. I used to walk one hour and do yoga, but now I am not able to do my yoga.

Comment from: ray, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 22

I had my hernia surgery in the year of 2014 and have recovered very well thanks to the Asante program. What started my hernia was when I was on my motorcycle, the front tire went down and I was out on the freeway when that happened. I had a big semi freightliner behind and I didn’t have control of my motorcycle and so I kicked with my foot on the pavement and the bike went to the side of the freeway and I finally got it under control. In about 2 weeks after that when I was standing out in the yard a sharp pain hit me and I discovered I had a hernia. I lived with it for 15 years until finally decided to have surgery done when it started to get strangled, but now it is fine, no problem.

Comment from: Pattiesue, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

After the hernia operation I still have a big bulge in the middle that was not there before. I don't know how to get rid of the bulge. I would not have the surgery again if I knew this was going to happen.

Comment from: tree352, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

Yes I had a hernia fixed, that was caused by having another surgery. It's back. It's been bothering me, I went to the surgeon and he said I have to lose weight. He won't do anything. I’ve got to get at least 20 pounds off; that's easy for him to say.

Comment from: caroline.l, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I’m recovering after a very large hernia repair which was part of bowel intestine and stomach this was after a C section that a hospital messed up and ended up with this hernia. The operation itself took me well over a year to get to and now I’ve had it done. I feel so much better. I have mesh inside 6cm of mesh I don’t know it’s there. It’s 4 weeks tomorrow since my operation and after having MRSA with this hernia operation it’s still all ok. Fingers crossed but I’m not doing anything no lifting no bending or stretching a little walking but with 2 little ones under 3 doing nothing it is hard. I can’t wait to get back to normal!

Comment from: susieq, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

My hernia was caused by radiation therapy for cancer. I had a hole between the rectum and vagina from the pellet radiation. This caused me to have a colostomy which ended in a hernia on my left side below my belly button. I was constantly having blockages in great pain, when finally I saw a surgeon about repairing the hernia and the intestines. About 4 hours of surgery, the hernia was repaired. A few months later it came back and is now even larger. I cannot eat raw vegetables plus many cooked ones. They refuse to touch me again as I have had too many surgeries and scar tissue. I still have the blockages but it is caused by scar tissue tearing when I move wrong. I am on disability due to the chemo causing nerve damage to my feet plus I cannot bend over as I can cause scar tissue to tear and I am sick all over again. I can take pain medication and xenox if I can keep it down. If not a suppository to knock me out is the only answer. So I think you should really weigh all options. I know I would never do the radiation pellets as I believe I would have been ok as this was just overkill. Although, I am alive and lots aren't with stage 4 cancer and it is over 5 years. I just think the treatment can do tons of damage and my whole life has changed. I hope this helps someone.

Comment from: alb, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I recently had a hernia repaired. It was in the bellybutton area. The doctor cut around my bellybutton it was quick and not as painful as I thought. I had more pain before the repair than after surgery. I’m glad I had it repaired so that I can go back to my usual physical activity.

Comment from: Coop, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 13

I wonder how it feels when a hernia comes through the tear in the muscle. I am being checked for a hernia next week but I don’t think it’s a hernia. When I get the symptoms the muscle in my stomach cramps, and I have to stretch and apply pressure to the spot. Yes it does sound like a hernia but the pain is not how it’s explained how it should be. It is the same pain as when you get a cramp.

Comment from: Margaret, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

I cannot have surgery for my hernia, as I have cirrhosis and the doctors at the liver clinic say it will be too dangerous. It’s getting bigger, and as a vegan I eat fruit, fruit seems to bring on nasty pains. Wondering if I must not eat fruit which is a part of my diet.

Comment from: Lassie , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I am in my 7th week after my surgery for hernia and I still feeling like I am in my 4th week.

Comment from: Drew, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 31

I had surgery for my hernia. I still have a bulge by my incision and it's been two weeks since the surgery.

Comment from: Ana, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

After 3 weeks the site of my hernia operation is the size of a baby’s head. I look pregnant.

Comment from: Tina, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I had hernia repair and I’m still hurting.

Comment from: rishisurve, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

I am suffering from inguinal hernia. The doctor told me to go for surgery but I am confused if I should go for it or not. I never had a surgery before and I am too scared.

Comment from: Garrett, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I have an umbilical hernia and have been doing research on different kinds of repair. For all of you who have mesh and are still in pain, I would recommend you consult a physician who does non-mesh hernia repair. I have read many testimonies from people who were in chronic pain after a mesh repair, who later had the mesh removed and were no longer in pain and were able to lead normal active lives.

Comment from: atwitsend, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I had umbilical hernia surgery one week ago on 5/13/15. After surgery no one came and talked to me about the surgery and what they did and found. I was provided a small amount of medicines for recovery and oh yeah, this is my 7th surgery on my abdomen area. I called doctor’s office and was told that no more medicines would be prescribed as I was given enough until my post operation 1 week later. I was told by the chief to purchase Tylenol and take that for my pain and go to the emergency room (ER) to be evaluated. No one brought me back in early to re-evaluate my situation. Feet and legs are swollen and I have severe cramping in my legs post operation. I was told that my procedure didn't warrant more pain medications as I should not be in pain and the pain I had was not surgical pain, and to call my primary doctor since he was seeing me for chronic abdomen pain. Primary doctor called the surgeon but the surgeon does not feel my pain is surgery related and said to take Motrin. I did go to the ER 4 days after surgery as I could not stand the pain any longer. Surgeon said 36 Percocet were more than enough for the procedure I had. I don’t know what to do or where to go from here.

Comment from: slsh, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I was told by my doctor, that due to my advanced age, I am 62, that he would not do anything to treat my hernia. I believe the hernia was caused by my IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) condition. I also have lost weight and my desire to eat, and suffer from GERD. He tossed a paper about hernias at me and walked off. Yes, I will be looking for a new doctor.

Comment from: GiGi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I awoke to a horrible pain. I tried to relaxing, but it got worse. I decided to go to the hospital. By the time I got there, I could barely walk. I was vomiting and sweating profusely. I've given birth to two children naturally. I've had kidney stones. This was worse. The doctor ordered a CT scan told me I had a strangulated hernia and I needed surgery right away. Surgery went well and they repaired the hernia with mesh. I was released from the hospital and a week later I had a follow up visit with my surgeon. He removed half the staples and the drain. Big mistake! My body started to fill with the drainage and I was rushed back to surgery. They reopened my wound and put a wound vacuum on my tummy and an in-home nurse came every other day to care for my wound. It was brutal.

Comment from: pat, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 09

I had my first hernia surgery on the side of my pelvis. It was painful but recovered just fine. Two weeks ago I had surgery on the right side and now every time I eat I have a knot or lump or something there and it gets painful.

Comment from: sadkat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I am two days home after being in hospital for seven days for an incisional hernia. I had a lump that I didn't think was an issue, then one day shopping, I nearly doubled over. I went to ER and had surgery with some bowel removed and now a 12-inch incision. The surgeon said it's caused by being fat. I had four previous torso surgeries but now blame myself for not losing weight, causing this. I am afraid of doing anything or eating anything that will cause this to happen again.

Comment from: Lindy, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: October 04

My mum had an incisional hernia repaired twice but it still grew back again, and it ultimately caused her death last month after strangulating her bowel. We have since discovered that if you start vomiting brown liquid you should go to your nearest A&E department urgently as it can mean an obstructed bowel which can be fatal, as in my mums case.

Comment from: recovering, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I just returned home from 4.5 hours of emergency surgery for a strangulated hernia. I am on a blood thinners and needed three bags of plasma before surgery. Even morphine would not stop the pain. Lucky I didn't have to have any bowel removed. Please fix that hernia before it is an emergency!

Comment from: Dudley, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

I had surgery for an abdominal hernia approximately three weeks ago. I have just started having a lot of pain and cramping especially after going for a walk and eating. I have started taking Tylenol for the pain.

Comment from: ezz, 45-54 (Patient) Published: February 21

I had a hernia in September. I didn't know it was hernia until I had a large lump appear just above my groin area on the left side.

Comment from: kitty2bird, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 09

I started feeling like everything was falling out of me, started vomiting nonstop. My son took me to local E.R. where I was given something for pain and vomiting. They took blood and X-rays and said I needed surgery, then sent me home. I was in severe pain and vomiting that day and the next. My son took me to a hospital in the next state. They were shocked by the way I was treated at local hospital. Did a CT scan, and had emergency surgery immediately.

Comment from: Bev, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 09

I had strangulated hernia, which caused me to have emergency surgery. The doctor removed over 12 inches of dead bowel. I am at home now but, this was such a bad experience.

Comment from: 45-54 Male Published: December 13

My son has a hernia between his navel and pelvic area which is enlarged five centimeters. The doctors have given his a belt but the hernia has become painful and he has to have a laxative for his bowels to move. He is incarcerated and the doctors will not operate.

Comment from: Momma, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

I had hernia repair while I was having a liver transplant. I was not pleased with it because it left a bulge in my navel I hadn't had before the repair. I didn't even know I had a hernia.

Comment from: JJ, 75 or over Male Published: November 22

After a slight burning in lower groin area, the burning and uncomfortable ache progressed over an estimated month. Went to my primary care physician for an exam - prognosis a hernia. He has recommended consultation with a local surgeon - which is scheduled in two weeks. In the interim, no heavy lifting.

Comment from: Bill, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 21

I'm 72 and my small abdominal hernia is totally new to me. With little knowledge of this condition, I was feeling a bit panicky. My primary care physician has always been insensitive to my feelings and thinks that explanations are not his responsibility. All he had to say, after I proved to him that I had a hernia was "Nobody should live past age 75." Naturally, I fired him. Thank you for the clear information. I will find another doctor to evaluate my hernia. You have not only informed me as what action to take, you have calmed my mind.

Comment from: kk, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 15

A year ago I had hernia surgery. I still have pain in stomach after the operation.

Comment from: davyidol, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I underwent abdominal hernia surgery about three years ago, I was not told what caused this condition but I assume that it was due to a previous exploratory surgery to find out the cause of a severe abdominal infection. I turned out to be a misplaced appendix which threw my symptoms off and created a severe infection throughout my abdomen. I believe this infection eroded or weakened the abdominal wall, creating two large hernias and severe pain. During surgery my entire abdominal lining was examined and found to be greatly compromised. A large netting was placed over nearly the entire abdomen. After three years I have no pain where the hernias were but I do experience some occasional stomach pain as well as under my diaphragm (where the netting stops) but it is so much better and I can do things again. It's not perfect, but ninety percent relief is much better than not being able to do anything.

Comment from: MICHELE, 35-44 Female Published: June 22

I have had two hernia repairs and how I have to have another one. I don’t understand why I keep getting hernias. I do not lift heavy items and I’m not sure what I can do to stop this from happening.

Comment from: PP99, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

I had an incarcerated umbilical wall hernia repaired on 6/1/11. The surgeon said she could repair it successfully and due to the size that I probably had it for a very long time. I was hospitalized for 3 days and in an extended care facility for 2 additional days. This was because I am disabled and needed a couple of days of recuperation to be able to care for myself. Post surgery the pain was strong when trying to sit up or stand and walk for the first 2 1/2 days and moderate on the third day. After the third day it was tolerable but I was somewhat weak and light headed. After the fourth day I had intermittent pain that was tolerable. No problems with infection of any kind and I am healing nicely. I am a type 2 diabetic so my recovery is much better than was anticipated. I was blessed with a great surgeon.

Comment from: BSP, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 13

I had an operation for an epigastric hernia about 10 years ago. Before I underwent surgery the surgeon told me that such operations are often unsuccessful. Well, he was correct because 10 years down the line, it is back as bad as it was before. It is unsightly.

Comment from: lois beauty, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I recently had a hernia repair. It was a result of an incision from a kidney operation. It has a mesh implant. I'm a 77 year-old hairdresser and would like to get back to work. Work keeps me mentally healthy. I think I need a 2nd opinion because I don't think the mesh was large enough. My right side bulges still and is still uncomfortable.

Comment from: sharon, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I had a hernia repaired 7 months ago only to have another develop soon after. I recently had this repaired with great success. I have minimal pain and no problems.

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