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Chronic Pain after Inguinal Hernia Surgery

Understanding Chronic Pain after Inguinal Hernia Surgery

As you research inguinal hernia repair, you will undoubtedly come across the topic of chronic pain after a mesh-based hernia repair. There is a great deal of discussion and controversy surrounding this phenomenon. We know that this pain does exist, but there’re still some question as to why it occurs, and why most patients have no pain whatsoever. Let’s first dive into the potential causes of post-hernia, chronic pain:

Chronic pain after hernia surgery, especially in the case of an inguinal hernia, is a real possibility after surgery. The rate and intensity varies from 1-30 % and the vast majority of people improve in 3-6 months.There are so many confounding factors that it is hard to tell what percentage of patients would be expected to have pain after surgery. Further, most cases of pain after surgery spontaneously resolve themselves up to a year after the procedure. For those experiencing significant long-term pain, the possibility of mesh removal may be considered, however this is a complicated procedure and should not be undertaken lightly.

Please contact our office to learn more about hernia surgery and chronic pain as it relates to the repair. We will be more than happy to discuss the potential risks associated with hernia surgery.

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