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What complications can arise following hernia surgery?

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As with most open surgeries, a hernia repair surgery carries with it the risk of infection and some discomfort caused by swelling, according to WebMD. If swelling occurs, it is recommended to apply ice to the swollen area. If symptoms include a warm and red incision point, a hard and swollen testicle, bleeding at the site of the wound or fever, then the patient should contact a doctor.

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What complications can arise following hernia surgery?
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Hernia surgeries are typically simple procedures. Patients are usually released several hours after the surgery, and recovery time is relatively short. The patient can expect to return to light activity around 3 weeks after surgery, and regular or heavier activity around 6 weeks after surgery. Patients should wait about 3 weeks before engaging in sexual intercourse and about 2 weeks before driving an automobile.

There are lifestyle choices and health conditions to consider before agreeing to undergo a hernia repair surgery. Patients who have a history of deep vein thrombosis, which involves blood clots in large blood vessels, are currently smoking and are taking large amounts of aspirin or other blood thinners such as warfarin have a higher risk factor when undergoing hernia repair surgery and often require special preparation before the surgery. Laparoscopic hernia surgery can carry fewer risks, as it involves smaller incisions rather than one large incision.

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