There is a sign in my Auto Mechanic’s shop that says:
“I Cheat the Other Guy and Pass the Savings on to You.”
I smile every time I read the sign. But in a way, this message also applies to surgeons.
No one is perfect (except for my daughter) and during every operation, the surgeon should think, “Could I have done that operation a little bit better?” A good surgeon will then incorporate those improvements into the next operation.
To update my mechanic’s sign:
“I learned from the operation on the previous patient and pass that experience on to You.”
Please do not hesitate to contact me about your sports hernia or your classic hernia.
Bill Brown, M.D.
Compression or pressure on the operative site after surgery is very helpful by providing support, decreasing swelling, and helping with hemostasis.
- After surgery, the muscles requires time to fully heal. During this time external pressure will help support and protect the repair. The pressure will also make it easier to move around.
- After any operation there is swelling of the tissues. This swelling can be at the incision but may also involve the scrotum and penis or the vulva. External pressure will force the lymphatic fluid back into the vascular system where it is reabsorbed.
- Bleeding after surgery is a potential complication. The blood can collect under the skin to form a pocket of blood or it can spread into the tissues (bruise). Pressure at the operative site decreases the chance for any hemorrhage.
If you have compression shorts, bring those with you. Pick compression shorts that not only apply…
Post Surgery Rehabilitation is Vital for Recovery
You were diagnosed with a sports hernia, you had surgery, and now it’s time to take it easy and allow your body to heal. This may sound easier than it actually is, since athletes are accustomed to using their bodies all the time. Rest and downtime might not be a very welcome idea—but if you don’t follow your surgeon’s guidelines, you’ll increase the chance of re-injury.
The truth is, after sports hernia surgery, you will need to go through a six-week rehabilitation program in order to fully recover. This rehab typically includes plenty of rest, dietary instructions, and physical therapy—although every patient is different. This period of recovery is to help you gain back your core strength and get your body back on track.
Although the rehabilitation period is highly important, for many it’s a major exercise in patience—and often, athletes make themselves…
Which Surgeon Should You See?
A noticeable bulge in your abdominal region. A burning sensation in the area. Pain in the groin when you use those muscles when you cough, strain or lift. Pain that subsides with rest and comes back with activity. These are the most common symptoms of an inguinal hernia, and since it won’t repair itself on its own, you should see a hernia specialist.
Why a specialist for inguinal hernia repair without mesh? Hernia repair is a common surgery, and many surgeons use mesh, which can cause a plethora of other problems. To avoid these problems, research the benefits of non-mesh repair and choose a surgeon who has decades of experience with no mesh hernia repair techniques.
Dr. William Brown, a leading hernia specialist says his patients already know that they have a hernia and want a non mesh repair or they’ve been suffering…
Preparing Yourself for Possible Hernia Surgery
According to the American Family Physician website, “Hernia is a general term describing a bulge or protrusion of an organ or tissue through an abnormal opening within the anatomic structure. Although there are many different types of hernias, they are usually related to the abdomen, with approximately 75 percent of all hernias occurring in the inguinal region. Abdominal wall hernias account for 4.7 million ambulatory care visits annually. More than 600,000 surgical repairs for inguinal hernias are performed nationwide each year, making it one of the most common general surgical procedures performed in the United States.”
And every inguinal hernia repair surgery begins with a physical exam for diagnosis. Your medical history and a physical examination are sufficient for an accurate diagnosis of your hernia the majority of the time. Simple as those sound, the examination is not to be rushed since glossing over…
What You Need to Know
One of the causes of an inguinal hernia is weight gain, and a hernia can take months or years to develop. The tear in the abdominal wall can occur and grow larger as weight increases strain and pressure in the area. So, not only does weight gain increase chances of a hernia, obesity has a negative effect on post-surgery recovery and results.
What’s the difference between carrying a few extra pounds, being overweight and being obese? Being considered overweight or obese refers to a body weight that is greater than what is healthy for your height. Of course, the taller you are, the more weight you can carry. You can determine whether you fall into the overweight or obese category by calculating your body mass index (BMI). Calculate your BMI.
Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9