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Is it normal to have bleeding at the incision after hernia surgery?

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Is it normal to have bleeding at the incission after hernia surgery ?
Posted Thu, 31 May 2012 in Men's Health
Answered by Dr. Pavan Kumar Gupta 25 minutes later
Hello and thanks for the query.
The biggest risk of hernia surgery is infection and excessive bleeding.  As with any type of surgery infection is always a concern and patients need to be very aware of the incision site and consult their doctor if they spike a fever or notice abnormal redness around the site.  In some patients excessive bleeding or the lack of the wound clotting is also a risk.  Patients who are on blood thinners or who are on aspirin therapy should inform their doctor prior to the surgery.  The doctor will likely ask them to refrain from taking the blood thinners and aspirin until after the surgery is complete.

Because hernia surgeries are routinely performed as a laparoscopic procedure, the recovery time is much less than it used to be.   Most patients are treated as an outpatient, have the surgery, and are released the same day.  A very large percent of hernia surgery patients return to regular activities within a week of surgery.  Compared to when the surgery was performed as an open surgery in which the recovery time was several weeks, laparoscopic procedures to repair hernias is a very routine and easy surgery.  

Patients are released generally with a prescription of pain medication and antibiotics.  Most patients seldom need more than one or two doses of the pain medication and find very few complaints after surgery.  The use of laparoscopic surgeries also decreases the chance of infection as the site of incision is less than an inch which is where the scope is inserted into the abdomen.  Most incisions don’t require sutures and often patients are sent home with just a small bandage over the insertion site.  
I hope to have answered your query however you can revert to me for any other query.
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