Any mommies to babies that had inguinal hernia?*UPDATE*#2

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Any mommies to babies that had inguinal hernia?*UPDATE*#2

Postby roo123 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:37 am

Just wondering what your experience was with the surgery and recovery. And how old was your lo when it was discovered/repaired? Thank you for any responses.


**so my little guy will be scheduled for surgery in July they want to wait until he is old enough for it to be an outpatient procedure.
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Postby kc12345 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:32 pm

Lurking... this is random, as I'm 30, haha, but I had one repaired at 8 years old. From what I remember, it was easy, the pain was just related to walking, coughing, laughing, that kind of thing but didn't last long. Zero complications since! I remember them saying it was a 30 minute surgery to repair both sides. BUT this was a long time ago, haha, its probably 5 mins now! Good luck!
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Postby roo123 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:10 pm

Thank you for responding! :)
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Postby MrsMartin » Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:59 am

I'm sorry that you're having to go through this :( My DS was born with a very large Right and Left Inguinal Hernia. It was very obvious at birth and was repaired at 6 weeks. They were not sure before surgery if it was on both sides or not. After repairing the right side, they routed a camera up around his bellybutton to the left side to check for a hernia which they found. We didn't know before, but he has reactive airways and his airway collapsed when they pulled out the breathing tube. The Anesthesiologist, bless him, injected a strong medication to open it back up. They said it could have happened because he was so tiny or that he may have asthma...he doesn't and hasn't had any issues during a cold. We spent the night in the hospital for monitoring (standard practice for such a young baby) and he had zero complications after...ate and drank normally. He was really groggy and slept for most of the day and was up all night. We gave him tylenol for 2 days and that was it. He never seemed to be in any pain after the surgery. For several months after it looked like he had a bruise around his belly button from where they routed the camera. He had a lot of stretching that lasted until he was about 8 months. I hope all goes well with your LO's surgery let me know if you have any more questions :)

ETA: Oops forgot to mention that he was in surgery for about an hour since it was on both sides...seemed like an eternity!!!
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Postby roo123 » Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:39 am

Thank you so much for responding! I am hoping it goes smoothly we meet with the surgeon for a consult this Thursday. I have googled it and the risks scare me to bits! I am so terrified his bowels will become stuck before they can do the surgery. I really appreciate you sharing your experience! :)
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Postby kc12345 » Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:49 am

I'm laughing at how ancient my simple hernia repair was.... 30 years ago they did not do it laproscopically (with the small belly button incision), I actualy have two small scars right above my pubic hair line b/c they actually used to cut in then.

He'll do great!!! Best of luck and keep us posted!!!

PS. I'm an RN... hernia repairs are very simple procedures :)
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Postby MrsMartin » Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:09 pm

kc12345 wrote:I'm laughing at how ancient my simple hernia repair was.... 30 years ago they did not do it laproscopically (with the small belly button incision), I actualy have two small scars right above my pubic hair line b/c they actually used to cut in then.

He'll do great!!! Best of luck and keep us posted!!!

PS. I'm an RN... hernia repairs are very simple procedures :)


DS had the same incisions...looked like my c-section scar except two cuts. My brother just had hernia surgery and had the two little cuts also. If it can be done laproscopically they didn't mention it.
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Postby Dani26 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:08 pm

One of my twins had an inguinal hernia when he was a month and a half old. Surgery went very well, and recovery was a breeze. Its always scary to send your child off to surgery, though!
You shouldnt have to worry about the bowels becoming strangulated without your knowledge. (I was very worried about it, so I understand how you feel)..but there are signs you can watch for such as crankiness, color of the skin over the hernia changing color, not wanting to eat..etc. They actually had us reduce it every few hours at home and had us call if we couldn't get it to reduce. It never became strangulated, thankfully. He had surgery about a week after it presented. His incision is just a tiny one above his belly button..now that he is 8mo old it just looks like another crease above his belly button!
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Postby roo123 » Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:40 am

Thank you so much for your responses, I can't tell you how helpful/reassuring it is to hear of others experiences.
Just a little update we had some issues with ins. So had to reschedule his consult to may 5 th. I will def. Update later when he has his surgery. Again thank you for your responses! :)
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Postby roo123 » Thu May 05, 2011 12:27 pm

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Postby roo123 » Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:41 pm

Jaden's surgery is tomorrow morning! 8O We have to be at surgery center at 6 am and it's an hour away. Not looking forward to the early morning but will be glad to have this behind us! :)
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