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laparoscopic umbilical hernia repair questions.


My father recently had a laparoscopic umbilical hernia repair performed and he has some concerns. His surgeon gave him an adbominal binder to wear and he's been doing just the oppposite. The surgeon mentioned that there would be the possiblity of the site filling with fluid. Point is, he's worried now that he hasn't been wearing his binder and is wondering how he would know--if he would know at all--if and when he has broken through the mesh. Please answer my questions soon. Thanks.
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replied December 1st, 2009
The fluid that collects after laparoscopic hernia surgery (seroma) collects just underneath the skin (between the skin and the mesh), and is usually pretty obvious. On the other hand, recurrence of his prior hernia would also present as a mass or swelling in the area of the umbilicus.

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