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A 37-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
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.
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 32 years experience
Treatment: Obviosly it depends when the operation was. In general, rest, ice, sometimes heat, Aspirin based cream, and anti-inflammatory meds such as naprosyn (naproxen) or ibuprofen. Call your surgeon for more help. But don't lay around like a stone - getting up and walking around may hurt, but will pay off in the long run. Just use common sense and listen to your body.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

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

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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.
A 37-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
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.
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Laparoscopic approach has the least pain of all methods
Apr 17, 2012
A 33-year-old member asked:

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

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
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.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What exactly is an inguinal hernia repair?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
"Fix a Flat": An inguinal hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining stretches out, creating a sac. In kids, all that's needed is removal of the sac. In adult (men), the current standard is to close the hole with mesh, either from the outside-in (open, or traditional repair) or the inside-out (laparoscopic). Either way, it is out-patient surgery with a 3-6 week recovery 2 full activities.

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