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I had hernia surgery 2 weeks ago today and the left side of my scrotum and inner thigh is very painful to the touch. Hard to walk without severe pain?

I had hernia surgery 2 weeks ago today and the left side of my scrotum and inner thigh is very painful to the touch.  Hard to walk without severe pain?

Pain and Surgeons: Pain, especially the unexpected pain post operatively should be reported to the surgeon. This is how they monitor post op complications. Please call your surgeon today. ...Read more

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Hernia Surgery (Definition)

There are a variety or several types of hernias, and many are repaired differently. A hernia is a weakness in the abdominal wall (such as inguinal, umbilical, incisional) or diaphragm (hiatal hernia). Surgery to repair the hernia can involve use of sutures, and possible use of mesh. Open or laparoscopic surgery can be a means to repair hernias, with laparoscopic ...Read more


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8 days after open inguinal hernia surgery the area beneath incision is hard and painful when touched or when i turn on my side at night. Normal?

8 days after open inguinal hernia surgery the area beneath incision is hard and painful when touched or when i turn on my side at night. Normal?

Yes: The surgical area may be firm to touch and tender for some weeks, and slight bruise discoloration may be seen. Increasing local skin redness around the surgical site warrants an urgent visit with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is hernia surgery more painful in an adult than in a child?

Is hernia surgery more painful in an adult than in a child?

Yes: Yes possible, in children unlike adult hernia , no extensive dissection is needed , no graft is used, simple ligation of sac is done, will have less pain ...Read more

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I recently had a laparoscopic left inguinal hernia surgery 8 days ago. The left testicle is super sensitive and painful when i walk or sit. What do I do? I will see the doctor again in 6 days.

I recently had a laparoscopic left inguinal hernia surgery 8 days ago. The left testicle is super sensitive and painful when i walk or sit. What do I do? I will see the doctor again in 6 days.

Hernia: This can happen. Sometimes large or difficult hernia repairs result in swelling and pain that usually eventually resolves. There are also nerves (ilioinguinal and genitofemoral) that can get entrapped and cause groin or scrotal pain. I would see your surgeon now and not wait 6 days. ...Read more

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After umbilical hernia surgery, how long should I expect the pain to last?

After umbilical hernia surgery, how long should I expect the pain to last?

Depends: Severe pain should be gone by 72 hours. By a week or two you should be able to do most activities with little pain. Discuss with your surgeon how long they would like you to limit how much you lift. ...Read more

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How long does hernia surgery usually last?

How long does hernia surgery usually last?

Depends: It depends on the hernia and experience of the surgeon. Most hernias are repaired in 30 minutes or less. Most hernias mean uncomplicated and not recurrent or extremely large. ...Read more

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Is lower back pain common after inguinal hernia surgery? How long can that last?

Unusual: I haven't had many patients complain of back pain after inguinal hernia surgery. It may have been due to the positioning during surgery. Some clinics will do hernia surgery under an epidural anethesia and this can cause back pain. See your surgeon and discuss your pain with him. ...Read more

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5 weeks after inguinal hernia surgery now for last 3 days area suddenly feels stiff with occasional pain and heaviness like a brick. Is it normal?

I don't think: this is normal, but I can't imagine anything going on 5 weeks post op. Show it to your surgeon. Maybe mesh reaction, if you had one placed. ...Read more

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Generally, how long should I wait after my hernia surgery before exercising?

Days to weeks: The recovery time varies with the size and location of the hernia and the method of repair. The most common hernia operation i perform is via the laparoscopic approach. I encourage my patients to return to their baseline aerobic activities as soon as possible, typically within 7-10 days. In general, i advise against heavy lifting for 3 weeks. ...Read more

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After my hernia surgery, how long should I stay out of work?

Returning to work: After hernia surgery, it is normally safe to return to work after just a week or so. This assumes that your job does not involve any heavy lifting and that there is a "light duty" position available. If no such position is available, then being out of work for 5-6 weeks is advised. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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Hernia Repair (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which the lining of the abdominal cavity protrudes, creating a sac. Hernias are common in the groin, belly button, upper-midline, or associated w/scars. The exact method of repair varies w/the type & size of the hernia as well as patient-factors, however, the basic principle is the same: close the hole, often ...Read more


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