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I had a laproscopic repair to a speygelian hernia last Friday.

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I had a laproscopic repair to a speygelian hernia last Friday. The pain of the repair mesh has virtually gone. However I have pain in my abdomen from where I
The instruments went in particularly round my belly button and all to the right of my belly bottom on the right hand side of my abdomen below where the incision was. I have no fever or massive bruising it feels constantly as if I'm really stiff and have pulled a muscle. I am worried I have an infection please advise.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

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abdominal infections would cause pain, swelling, redness, warmth in the area and fever most likely as well.

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you have an injured muscle from the laproscopic instruments going through your abdominal muscle.

Dr. David :

it will hurt and be stiff there because they cut through your abdominal rectus muscle to get into the abdomen to do this surgery.

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you can always go to a A&E and have an evaluation .

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or go back to see your surgeon for follow up.

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to see if there is a fluid cavity there or hidden infection or abscess.

Dr. David :

but hopefully infection is unlikely and rare if the surgeon used sterile techniques and treated you with antibiotics during the procedure.

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which surgeons always do.

JACUSTOMER-hln5gcdv- : It is on the right hand side I thought the rectus was on the left hand sie also the pain has come on over the past few days it wasn't there after the oprra5tion it is still swollen I guess that is gas
JACUSTOMER-hln5gcdv- : The symptoms of abscess would be
Dr. David :

abscess or hidden infections often don't have symptoms.

Dr. David :

but they are rare.

Dr. David :

the rectus abdominus muscle is on both sides of the belly button.

Dr. David :

and is the general term for your abdominal muscles.

Dr. David :

it could be gas.

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or swelling from the prior surgery.

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do you have a follow up appointment with your surgeon for postop checkup?

JACUSTOMER-hln5gcdv- : I see him next thursdY
Dr. David :

that is good.

Dr. David :

you can try to ice the area to decrease pain and swelling there.

Dr. David :

try an ice in a zip lock bag wrapped in a towel to the area to decrease pain and swelling.

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and show the surgeon the area.

JACUSTOMER-hln5gcdv- : I have trMadol but the pain isn't really that severe
Dr. David :

that is good the pain isn't that severe.

Dr. David :

if you are constipated that can cause pain there too.

Dr. David :

are you having normal bowel movements?

JACUSTOMER-hln5gcdv- : No constipation
Dr. David :

that is good.

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let me know if you have other questions.

JACUSTOMER-hln5gcdv- : Thank you that's it
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