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Incontinence

Hernia repair.... now have incontinence

05/09/2003

Question:

I had surgery for umbilical hernia repair approx 4 1/2 months ago. Now when I stretch or bend or even sit,I become incontinent. A mesh was used for repair and surgery was incisional not laproscopic. Hernia was medium to large in size. Is this normal and will it go away or can I do something as far as exercise to help it stop?

Answer:

I am unsure that the incontinence is related to the hernia repair. There are exercises that are helpful and are call Kegel exercises. I suggest you discuss this with your physician and I am sure he/she can provide you with information as to how they are carried out. That information should also be available in most libraries.

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Response by:

Martin I Resnick, MD Martin I Resnick, MD
Formerly, Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University