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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to have post operative pain relating to inguinal hernia repair?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Usually goes away in a few weeks, if it persists for months, may be caused by scar tissue around sensory nerve in the area. Injections of numbing medication can help, rarely reoperation to cut the nerve is needed.
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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Of course: It would be unusual not to have post-operative pain. Your surgeon should have told you what kind of pain to expect and how long it should last.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

Is there much post operative pain relating to inguinal hernia repair?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 57 years experience
Not much: Most of the time moderate pain , will need just non narcotic pain medication only , how ever some sensitive patients will complain of severe pain for few days, requiring narcotic medications for a wk or so.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

I am having operative pain relating to inguinal hernia repair. What to do?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
YourSurgeonKnowsBest: Pain following hernia surgery is common & expected, varying quite a bit depending on the type of hernia & method of repair. Within days-to-weeks, the pain dissipates quite a bit. If possible, it is often best to take anti-inflammatories rather than narcotics to rx the pain. I advise you to contact your surgeon for specific recommendations.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What is usually prescribed for post operative pain relating to inguinal hernia repair?

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Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 32 years experience
Pain meds: Typically, a synthetic narcotic combined with Acetaminophen is used along with nonsteroidal antiinflammatory meds. Hope this helps.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Type of pain killers prescribed for post operative pain relating to inguinal hernia repair?

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Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Varies: Usually a narcotic pain pill such as Percocet or vicoden is prescribed after inguinal hernia repair. I like to add Ibuprofen as well, it seems to decrease the amount of narcotic needed to control pain in the first week after herniorraphy.
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