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Lake Villa, IL
A 51-year-old male asked:

I had hernia surgery 10 years ago. now, i am experiencing occasional pain at the scar site. what might be the cause of this?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Feel the area: Do you have swelling or a bulge that could hint of a recurrence, or are there other changes that could indicate internal problems. If you have gained weight or have stressed the area a recurrence is possible.
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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
See a doctor and have the site examined. Evaluate for simple muscle strain or hernia recurrence.
Aug 2, 2013
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 26 years experience
Recurrence hernia.: You had inguinal hernia surgery 10 years ago and now experience occasional pain at site. This could be a recurrence. 10 years ago you may have had open repair and the laxity of the abdominal wall may have led to a recurrence. It could be other things. See your surgeon and go from there. Risk factors would be smoking, it impairs healing. Weight gain, it puts stress on the repair. Etc.
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Last updated Jul 9, 2015

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