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Abdominal edema after hernia repair

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I havd a double hernia surgery approx 4 months ago. I do have alot of environmental, seasonal, food allergies, asthma, some medication sensitivities & extreme eczema. During surgery, They used demerol & Lidocaine, not general anesthesia, my bp was 180/90 & I had tachycardia. I am experiencing abdominal edema. It is quite uncomfortable & can cause some pain. I did start exercising quite intently about 2 weeks ago (surgeon approved) to see if that would reduce edema. It did not. Surgeon says not from anything he did and sent me on my way.. Wat can I do to reduce the edema.Could I be allergic to the mesh? I cannot wear costume jewlery & can only wear cotton clothes. I have a sun sensitivity as well. Do I need to ice my abdomen & just walk on the treadmill? I have stopped exercising for now. I am not a thin person & could stand to lose weight, but this edema is excessive. I am eating healthy & not eating salt. I just want some direction in getting better. Thanks.


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replied May 28th, 2010
Hernia Answer A12531
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You want to know the cause of abdominal edema after hernia repair.

In hernia repair mesh is placed between the muscular abdominal wall and subcutaneous tissue. Its main cause is to initiate an inflammatory (non-infective) reaction, which later rusults in formation of fibrous tissue, which strengthens the muscular abdominal wall. The inflammatory reaction is presented with mild swelling, pain, but no redness on the skin and pus production. If liquid is collected between the inner side of the muscular wall and peritoneum, this condition is called ascites. It may appear as a result of infection, bleeding, liver congestion, etc.

Given the data that you described, the abdominal edema may be a result of the inflammatory reaction. See your doctor or abdominal surgeon to rule out possible infection on the incision or ascites. In case of infection you may need to take wide spectrum antibiotics. If diagnosed with ascites you may consider having additional exams to rule out any other medical conditions.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor for further advice and information about diagnosis and treatment options.


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replied March 12th, 2016
I know the edema can continue even with no mesh hernia repair from personal experience
I have a swell belly that I don't usually have.I was told it could last long term.
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replied October 27th, 2015
Thank you for your information
I had a groin hernia operation and now still after one year the bulge on my stomach get bigger and bigger normal I use to have such a flat stomch
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replied October 27th, 2015
this is hannaloren again could you please give me some
informatio why I get such a big stomach now
thank you
Hannaloren
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