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Inguinal hernia surgery 10 weeks ago now nerve pain down center thigh for past 4 weeks. What is causing & how to fix it. Not just mask with gabapentin.?

Inguinal hernia surgery 10 weeks ago now nerve pain down center thigh for past 4 weeks. What is causing & how to fix it. Not just mask with gabapentin.?

Sorry that: You have this rare but frustrating symptom (s) followng hernia repair but further surgery or aggressive treatment is usually not successful in relieving your pain. TIME OFTEN results in gradual diminishing discomfort and the "masking" by Gabapentin in the MEANTIME is an excellent choice!
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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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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What are symptoms of nerve entrapment/injury after inguinal hernia surgery. And if exist how to detect that one is nerve entrapment?

What are symptoms of nerve entrapment/injury after inguinal hernia surgery. And if exist how to detect that one is nerve entrapment?

Clinical: Sharp/burning/lancinating pain traveling from the incision to the pubic area, scrotum, or thigh, tingling sensation in these area, pain with stretching, coughing/sneezing, pain relief w/ local anesthetic injection are usually diagnostic. Imaging study (e.g. Mri, us) is rarely needed. Symptoms may occur soon after surgery, or months to years later. Neurectomy has a 90% cure rate. ...Read more

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I had an inguinal hernia surgery (open repair) in 2010.I want to know if nerves are trapped during hernia surgery how this problem can be resolved?

I had an inguinal hernia surgery (open repair) in 2010.I want to know if nerves are trapped during hernia surgery how this problem can be resolved?

Ilioinguinal nerve: It is possible that a nerve in the area (ilioinguinal) is giving you trouble. Other nerves may be involved. Other options include hernia recurrence (sometimes can't feel on outside) or routine strain injuries to name a few. A surgeon can inject anesthetic at a certain area where the ilioinguinal nerve runs (near ASIS) to see if it is an issue. If it is, part of nerve may be removed to help. ...Read more

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Is it ok to start lifting weights 14 weeks after inguinal hernia surgery?

Is it ok to start lifting weights 14 weeks after inguinal hernia surgery?

Check with surgeon: You need to check with your surgeon as the type and extent of the surgery will be known to him/her and the best advice given. ...Read more

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What if one testicle now hangs lower after inguinal hernia surgery? Is this normal?

Sounds normal: One testicle almost always hangs lower than the other; this is normal in all men. (Most commonly the left is lower, but it can go either way.) I'm guessing it's always been that way for you and you're now just looking more closely. Hernia surgery is not likely to make much difference -- but even if it does, it's not a health concern. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have discomfort near and below incision site one year after inguinal hernia surgery on right side?

Is it normal to have discomfort near and below incision site one year after inguinal hernia surgery on right side?

Here are some...: The reported lingering discomfort near and below the incision for inguinal herniorrhaphy is nothing uncommon and may eventual fade away, but could last forever. Despite such uncertainty, doing nothing if tolerable is still the most practical care after learning how to adopt and adapt to such postoperative consequence, although very occasionally additional invasive procedure may be needed. ...Read more

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After inguinal hernia surgery is the pain worse the next day?

After inguinal hernia surgery is the pain worse the next day?

Incisional pain: You are experiencing incisional pain which can last a few days after surgery. It should settle down in a few days as will the swelling that is expected after surgery. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is having discomfort and minor aches approximately one year after inguinal hernia surgery normal?

Is having discomfort and minor aches approximately one year after inguinal hernia surgery normal?

Yes and no: If the pain started after some physical activity like a heavy lifting it could be normal pending how the hernia was repaired open or laproscopic with or without screen or mesh. It it happen without any incident then it is not normal. Take ibuprofen 600-800 mg after each meal for a week. Either way if pain persisted see your doctor ...Read more

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Can I masturbate gently 5 days after inguinal hernia surgery? I'm having wet dreams already.

Can I masturbate gently 5 days after inguinal hernia surgery? I'm having wet dreams already.

Not a problem: There are no current recommendations to avoid masturbation after hernia repair. Be sure that you may experience some discomfort, but this is definitely safe. Do not be afraid. ...Read more

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70 days after inguinal hernia surgery I still feel mild pain above my testicle as if someone is squeezing it. Is this normal?

70 days after inguinal hernia surgery I still feel mild pain above my testicle as if someone is squeezing it. Is this normal?

Not Uncommon: Two months after hernia repair your body is still healing--the pain you are describing is understandable. However, this pain should lessen in time--if it is getting worse, it would be wise to return to see your surgeon. Occasionally, nerves are irritated by this operation that can be blocked if chronic pain develops. ...Read more

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70 days after inguinal hernia surgery I still feel mild pain above my testicle as if someone is squeezing it. Is this normal?

70 days after inguinal hernia surgery I still feel mild pain above my testicle as if someone is squeezing it. Is this normal?

Could be, but...: Some lingering ache/pain as described is at times expected in few, and usually nothing needs to be done but just watch and see as long as slowly but surely getting better week by week. Very occasionally, the post-herniorrhapy may be unbearable and requires nerve block with or without neurectomy, that is, severing off a selected nerve fiber. More? Go to http://sick-ask. Com/onDealSickness. Html. ...Read more

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6 months after inguinal hernia surgery (mesh) Is it normal to have shooting pains and tingles the next day after exercising, eg running, short sprints?

Inguinal hernia: Its very well possible. Probably what you are experiencing is scar tissue or mesh or both affecting / irritating the inguinal nerve. ...Read more

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After inguinal hernia surgery is it true that I won't get another hernia again?

Not true: While the surgeon tries his best rarely recurrent hernia can be a problem. Hope for the best and good luck! ...Read more

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What is involved in the two week follow up exam after inguinal hernia surgery? Is this the only follow up appointment?

Possible but...: At least, one postop visit after inguinal heniorrhaphy is reasonable to check how the "wound" heals and if the postop resolution has been as expected, and give some advice for future lifestyle. More? Ask Doc face to face, and don't leave related doubts in mind. Best wish. .. ...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

Dr. David Earle
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Inguinal Hernia Surgery (Definition)

Inguinal or groin hernias are very common. They can be repaired with an incision over the groin, or with laparoscopic syrgery. The surgery is performed with some form of anesthesia. Mesh is a soft woven material often used in hernia surgery to help prevent the hernia from returning in the future. Usually it is an outpatient procedure with a 4-6 recovery before doing ...Read more


Dr. David Earle
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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