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Question: Masturbation one week and half after hernia surgery

 phsyx1234 - Mon Jun 21, 2010 11:15 pm

Is it possible to masturbate gently in this time frame after hernia surgery with no complications? I feel like I can wait no more and am getting anxios. Thank You,
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:13 pm

User avatar Hi,
Unfortunately, there are no randomized double blind trials in the literature to address this issue.
During the commonly performed various 'mesh' based repairs of inguinal hernias,surgeons take great care to 'fix' the mesh in its place to prevent migration of the mesh (arguments for and against fixing the mesh exist).

Following the procedure, the fibroblasts and vascular endothelial cells grow through the pores in the mesh, lay down collagen and fibrous tissue - thereby incorporating the mesh in the body.

Various standard instructions regarding avoidance of straining etc, are meant to
- avoid needless pain,
- avoid excessive stresses due to contraction of the muscles of the abdominal wall where the mesh rests,&
- to avoid increases in the intra-abdominal pressure that tend to push the mesh forward.

These were more relevent in the by-gone era when "tension" repairs were in use. Now most surgeons use "tension-free" mesh repairs.

Till such time that some concrete evidence emerges regarding this matter, it is better to follow the advise of your surgeon.
Best wishes!

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