Patient Comments: Hernia - Surgery


Did you have surgery to repair your hernia? What was that like? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Katie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

A significant cause of a spontaneous pneumothorax is not listed in this article. People with Marfan syndrome, vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (VEDS), Loeys-Dietz syndrome, and other similar genetic connective tissue disorders are at an increased risk of having a collapsed lung. In addition, not all of the people with these conditions are tall and thin. I have VEDS.

Comment from: Freya, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 24

I've had recurring urinary tract and kidney infections the last 2 months. I am on my 4th kidney infection now. I got put on Keflex the first two rounds. Then, anti-inflammatory medicines, antibiotics and painkillers when it happened the 3rd time. It has happened a fourth time now, I'm on antibiotics for 7 days and my urine has been submitted to the lab. I had burning sensation to urinate, when I didn’t need to, it felt like I did, when I did urinate it felt like stabbing pains, and now after 4 days I've sore skin on my left thigh and back.

Comment from: Ryan, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 29

I had open inguinal hernia surgery with mesh just under a year ago. The surgery itself took about 1.5 hours leaving a 3 inch incision. I had light bruising around the incision, the scar is barely visible now. Heavy pain lasted for about 3 days even with pain medicines. I definitely needed help just to walk. It was still difficult for the next week, and it was 2 weeks before I was mobile. If work is physical, plan to be off 8 weeks. I still came home sore after that for a few weeks. It was 7 months before there was no real pain.

Comment from: MnJohn, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 09

I had a laparoscopic repair of my umbilical hernia 4 weeks ago. The defect was 2.5 cm and repaired with three sutures and a 4 X 6 mesh. It took just about an hour as there were a couple of small adhesions to deal with. Recovery was quick except I had a painful tugging as I sat straight upright. At 3 weeks that finally popped (I heard and felt that!) and my surgeon and I thought it maybe was a small adhesion or a suture from the larger trocar popping loose. Great results, and I am healing well.

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

Yes, I had surgery to repair my hernia. It wasn't that bad. I thought the pain after will be bad. The problem with me were the bowel movements. It was hard to do that.

Comment from: Hazeleyes Martinez, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I've been told I have a massive hernia in my abdomen, all I have been given is pills for the gas and those don't help no more. At first my understanding was that I had a lot of swelling in my stomach and the pills would help that, and I've been taking the pills for 8 months now. I'm starting to feel bad now, I don’t know what I should do, find another doctor or demand surgery.

Comment from: JOE -p, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 01

I had double hernia surgery a year ago. First the left side and that was painless and still is good as I know it. The second hernia surgery was like night and day. I was aware of the surgery while under the knife and felt everything. I told them that and they said they gave me something for the pain but I still felt everything. During the first three months I walked up and down stairs, outside of which I could not do anything as it was so tight from the surgery. I could not crouch down, tie shoes, and slowly was able to touch ankles. It is almost a year and now I am having a recurrence of the hernia on the right side. No heavy lifting was done.

Comment from: Toki, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 16

I had double sided laparoscopic surgery to repair my hernia, as an outpatient. In at 11 am, out at 2pm, and walking the same day. The pain is 7 on a scale of 10, tolerable for me. I had Norco prescribed for pain, a good idea, but causes constipation. I eat a prune and apricot concoction to counter the constipation, and drink a lot of water.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

It was and still is horrible. In 1999 I had a tumor removed from my colon and not long after, I got hernia. After years of having it I just couldn’t take the pain any more. The doctor said I would have to have a colonoscopy, here we go again! I had it done and ended up having emergency surgery again. They corrected my hernia while they were in there. I have been in horrible pain since and that was in 2009.

Comment from: Patty, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I had my first surgery in July 2012 for a perforated hernia, after I ended up getting a hernia. I went to 4 different doctors and they didn't know what it was, and finally I had it removed in March of 2013. It got infected, and they put mesh in to reinforce my muscles because of the surgery. Now I have no muscles left so I have a huge hernia protruding out of my stomach. I had to throw out all my clothes and now have to wear clothes that are gathered. I hate it but there is nothing I can do. Plus I almost died, the doctors said I am a miracle.


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Comment from: PhilJacobsen, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 30

I had surgery to repair hernia 3 days now and have been researching a couple of different treatments to help me heal faster. I was in some pretty big pain the first day, but I have been using an abdominal brace fairly religiously. The pain really went down yesterday and today, and I think the brace is helping! Just wanted to spread the good word and maybe help someone else out!

Comment from: Gg, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I had surgery to repair hernia in March 13. I was in hospital for 6 days. It was very painful and I still experience pain getting in and out of bed. I had 3 previous colon resection surgeries, this hernia repair is worst of all.

Comment from: mina, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I had the surgery on March 25th and it was a day surgery when they should have kept me overnight. Anyway the pain was so much and thank goodness that I had help because for someone who doesn"t, it will be very difficult getting up and moving about.

Comment from: Thebiro, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 10

I had hernia surgery three years beck on my left lower abdominal side. And recently I have problem on my right lower abdomen.

Comment from: [email protected], 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 27

I was stabbed 7 times years ago, and when operated on, it was a long slice up my belly. Being an alpha male I went back to work too soon; this was years ago. Today I have a hernia as big as a hardball. I have been in the emergency room 3 times. They took chest x-rays. I am a truck driver long haul doing my best to watch my weight. My job insisted on me going back to work, and I can’t. It is Christmas time now, and after it is over I will go back to the emergency room.


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