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#1 PASabreFan

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Posted 16 October 2015 - 12:42 PM

I have twin inguinal hernias. They are so cute. But I am not fond of having two small bulges down there. One was enough, heyoooo. Even though they aren't causing problems or pain, I know they will eventually, so I am thinking about getting them repaired soon.

 

I went to one surgeon would do an open repair on one of the hernias, then an open repair on the other one a few weeks later. Another surgeon offers a laparoscopic approach.

 

I doubt anyone has had both kinds of surgery to offer any kind of comparison. I guess I'm looking for folks' experiences with one or the other.

 

We thank you in advance.



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Posted 16 October 2015 - 01:09 PM

I have twin inguinal hernias. They are so cute. But I am not fond of having two small bulges down there. One was enough, heyoooo. Even though they aren't causing problems or pain, I know they will eventually, so I am thinking about getting them repaired soon.

 

I went to one surgeon would do an open repair on one of the hernias, then an open repair on the other one a few weeks later. Another surgeon offers a laparoscopic approach.

 

I doubt anyone has had both kinds of surgery to offer any kind of comparison. I guess I'm looking for folks' experiences with one or the other.

 

We thank you in advance.

 

I have a similar situation and I, too, will be interested in the answers. God, I feel old.



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Posted 17 October 2015 - 11:35 AM

My dad (ER doctor) says that laparoscopic is a cleaner procedure: smaller incision, less blood.  Also says surgeon specialty is important, and it's almost always better to get whichever procedure they're more familiar with.  I asked about patient experience specifically and he didn't have any input there.



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Posted 17 October 2015 - 12:21 PM

Thanks qwk! I've also read that with laparoscopic the skill and experience of the surgeon is paramount.

 

Tom, you shouldn't feel old. Men are susceptible to these hernias because that area is where the testicles descend. Everybody now... 15 Miles on the Inguinal Canal.

 

Mine seemed to develop after some bouts of horrific coughing from postnasal drip the last two winters. I'm trying to figure out if that qualifies somehow as a sports hernia, which sounds much better.



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Posted 19 October 2015 - 11:37 AM

Lapro ftw.  I had an umbilical hernia fixed years ago (think of a golf-ball sized "outie").  I put it off for so long but when I finally got it fixed it was awesome.  I had it done as outpatient, minimal scarring, and although it was sore from the surgery, it felt more structurally sound as soon as I came out of the anesthesia.



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Posted 19 October 2015 - 03:22 PM

I had inguinal hernia surgery almost 20 years ago.  I don't believe laparoscopic repair was an option at the time. It was a fairly large hernia so lapro may not have been an option anyway.  I ended up with a 3" scar.  Had the mesh installed.  Was a fairly painful 1st week after the surgery.  Lots of swelling in the neighborhood, if you know what I mean.  Loose fitting shorts and boxers were a necessity for that 1st week.  Went back to work after 3 weeks and it was quite uncomfortable the 1st week or two back, and gave me on and off pain for a couple months.

 

Had bronchitis and got the hernia during a coughing fit.  Felt the abdominal wall let go mid-cough and was like  :blink: followed by an immediate  :censored: .  Knew what I did as soon as I did it.



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Posted 23 October 2015 - 03:52 PM

I had my hernia fixed about 10 years ago. I'm sorry I don't even know if it was inguinal or lapro. I can't even find the scar so probably it was lapro. Mine was from coughing, too, and I knew immediately what it was even though I hadn't had one before. My hernia never hurt, but I hated how it felt. It just felt wrong somehow, so I got the operation pretty soon afterwards. There was definitely soreness afterwards for me, too. Lying down was fine. Standing was fine. Sitting sucked. I made the mistake of running out of meds and had to drive to the pharmacy and that really hurt. I ate standing up for a week. And my co-workers gave me a bunch of plants I didn't want and I've having been taking care of them ever since.

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Posted 24 October 2015 - 12:10 PM

Good stuff Robins Egg, we've and BagBoy. Thanks for the responses.



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Posted 25 October 2015 - 06:26 PM

Don't know if this is coming too late....

 

Was out with a buddy last night.  He's scheduled for hernia surgery repair on Friday.  His hernia is the result of some abdominal surgery.  His doctor discussed lapro vs open repair with him.  His doc contends that lapro has a significantly larger rate of failure than open surgery.  Buddy is going with open surgery based on docs recommendation,.



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Posted 26 October 2015 - 09:51 AM

I had a doctor tell me I probably had a sports hernia a few years back.  He sent me to a specialist but after examination, he cleared me.  The discomfort I had passed after a while.  Ever since though, I occasionally (a couple times a year) get about a week-long stretch where I get a bunch of muscle discomfort on my right side.  It ranges from the hip/groin injury and kind of wraps up into my side area, maybe about a foot above my hip.  It doesn't interfere with any activities or motion, but it's most uncomfortable when I'm sitting, especially driving.  I'm in the middle of one of those stretches right now and I really start to wonder if I need to go back and get the new doctor's opinion.