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Inguinal Hernia surgery a week ago, today I noticed my scrotum is enlarged with looks like fluid. Is this common or did my surgery cause hydrocele?

Inguinal Hernia surgery a week ago, today I noticed my scrotum is enlarged with looks like fluid. Is this common or did my surgery cause hydrocele?

It can happen: It is possible that the inguinal ring may have been made too tight. Another possibility would be bleeding. It should resolve. If it does not, call your surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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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Lump on testicle 5 weeks after hernia repair and hydrocele surgery? What is it? Should I be worried?

Lump on testicle 5 weeks after hernia repair and hydrocele surgery? What is it? Should I be worried?

Check with surgeon: This is likely a residual hematoma or swelling from your hernia repair and should resolve. If not tender or red, you can wait until you see your surgeon as part of your routine post-op check. Otherwise call for an earlier appointment. ...Read more

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Hard lump near the top of testicle after full recovery from hernia repair and hydrocele surgery? What could it be? I do not think it is swelling

Scar/blood clot: Probably scar tissue related to the suture material, the normal healing process, and/or a blood clot. Probably not dangerous. See your surgeon for an exam to be sure. ...Read more

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I had hydrocele and hernia repair surgery last Friday. I've had no pain except normal soreness, but there is still a bulge in my groin. Is this normal?

I had hydrocele and hernia repair surgery last Friday. I've had no pain except normal soreness, but there is still a bulge in my groin. Is this normal?

Probably: As tissue heals, it can become swollen and hard for up to 6 weeks post-operatively. Give it time. Make sure you keep your post-operative appointment. ...Read more

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Inguinal hernia repair 9 weeks ago, lichtenstein with mesh. I had an edema which is bigger now, maybe hydrocele? I will need surgery or is going to cure?

Inguinal hernia repair 9 weeks ago, lichtenstein with mesh. I had an edema which is bigger now, maybe hydrocele? I will need surgery or is going to cure?

Post-op issues: If it is edema/swelling from the surgery, that may go away with medication and time and monitoring the area. If it is a hydrocele, it may need surgery, as... Simple hydroceles in children often go away without surgery, however, in adults, hydroceles usually do not go away on their own. If surgery is needed, it is an easy procedure with very good outcomes. ...Read more

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Inguinal hernia repair 9 weeks ago, with mesh. Postop. Edema bigger now, maybe hydrocele? Little pain still. Why? I will need surgery or is going to cure?

Inguinal hernia repair 9 weeks ago, with mesh. Postop. Edema bigger now, maybe hydrocele? Little pain still. Why? I will need surgery or is going to cure?

Probably wait out...: Local surgical dissection and postoperative tissue reaction for healing may interfere venous and lymphatic drainage, leading to swelling in inguinal and scrotal region. Such takes time to resolve with unpredicable various pace, but is worthwhile to wait and see as long as slow and surely getting better day by day, because nothing can be done except infection. More? Ask surgeon timely. ...Read more

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Can a hard cough post hernia surgery cause a tear?

Can a hard cough post hernia surgery cause a tear?

Yes: That is why I always inquires out constipation and chronic cough. Anything that increases the abdominal pressure can lead to a recurrence. ...Read more

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I had hernia surgery two years ago. I have gained weight, would it cause pain at the hernia location?

I had hernia surgery two years ago. I have gained weight, would it cause pain at the hernia location?

Maybe: The pain could be from the stretching of the scar tissue due to the weight gain if it was substantial. Could also represent a recurrent hernia. See your doctor to find out. ...Read more

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What could cause pain / soreness following hernia surgery?

What could cause pain / soreness following hernia surgery?

Tissue trauma: Any operation causes tissue trauma, from the skin incision, to the dissection and management of the operative field, to the placement of foreign material such as suture and mesh. While it is all safe on the whole, pain is a normal part of the recovery period. There is however a risk of chronic pain, usually mild, and rarely severe. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Had hernia surgery in groin as child. Need a MRI will there be any metal clips along with the mesh or anything to cause trouble?

Not likely: Pediatric hernias are traditionally not fixed with mesh, clips etc. Even if mesh was used it is highly unlikely that it was fixed with metal clips that may hinder your MRI testing. You should not worry. ...Read more

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I've had inguinal hernia surgery could that cause sterility?

I've had inguinal hernia surgery could that cause sterility?

Possible. Unlikely: Sterility requires that both testes, or that both vas deferens (duct from teste that carries sperm) are no longer functional. Injury to the spermatic cord, which contains the vas deferens and blood supply to the teste, is a known complication of inguinal hernia surgery (up to 3%). If you had bilateral operation, or pre-existing problem with opposite teste, then it is possible but very unlikely. ...Read more

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My husband needs hernia surgery. Can this cause infertility since we are trying to conceive?

My husband needs hernia surgery. Can this cause infertility since we are trying to conceive?

Highly unlikely.: There is no direct connection between infertility and inguinal hernias, although these two are sometimes associated. Ironically, there is a small but defined risk of infertility associated with hernia repairs due to trauma to the tube that carries sperm. ...Read more

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I have a high C-reactive protein level (25) after a laprascopic hernia surgery I still have swelling could this be the cause for the high level?

I have a high C-reactive protein level (25) after a laprascopic hernia surgery I still have swelling could this be the cause for the high level?

Likely: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, Tissue damage and inflammation from any cause can raise CRP. You may wish to repeat it after you have healed properly, preferably after about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Could inguinal hernia surgery cause a change in the direction of my erection? I notice it points to the right now.

Could inguinal hernia surgery cause a change in the direction of my erection? I notice it points to the right now.

Unlikely: You may have peyronie's. We don't know the cause but there are lots of treatment options available including a promising biological agent the fda is currently reviewing. ...Read more

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Can an inguinal hernia surgery trauma cause fibromyalgia?

Unlikely: Fibromyalgia is a relatively poorly understood disease, but is not thought to be caused by inguinal hernia repair. Any surgical procedure however is likely to be more painful and have a longer recovery in patients with fibromyalgia compared to those without. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Could an inguinal hernia surgery cause right side varicocele? Or is it coincidence to have it 6 mnths after?

Usually no: Developing immediately after surgery is unusual, may be did not notice it, but if you did not have it before, and appears immediately after surgery, possible to develop due to venous flow obstruction, resulting in the varicocele, speak to your doctor. ...Read more

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I had ventral hernia surgery on sept 7th. I get this contraction like feeling and stomach gets hard. It isn't painful but causes discomfort. Normal?

I had ventral hernia surgery on sept 7th. I get this contraction like feeling and stomach gets hard. It isn't painful but causes discomfort. Normal?

Most likey: It's only been a few days since your surgery and most people will have discomfort for a week or two after ventral hernia repair. Binder support helps sometimes. When is your scheduled postoperative check? Your surgeon is your best resource at this point - call if you have concerns. ...Read more

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Can excess beer (8) cause damage/complications to open umbilical hernia surgery no mesh, one night after 2 1/2 weeks post op due to alcohol/bloating?

Can excess beer (8) cause damage/complications to open umbilical hernia surgery no mesh, one night after 2 1/2 weeks post op due to alcohol/bloating?

Yes: alcohol in any amount, but particularly in large amounts, impairs the body's ability to fight infection and heal properly. Binge drinking is associated with increased problems with car accidents, sexual assault, falls, as well as illnesses like pancreatitis, bleeding from the stomach and many other problems. Talk to your doctor about getting help and refrain from excessive use. ...Read more

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I had open inguinal hernia surgery a few days ago, I noticed a lot of swelling at and around the incision, is this normal, what causes this, how long should it last and what could I do to reduce it.

Probably normal: If the repair was done with an open technique, there is usually swelling and a firmness felt under the length of the incision. Ice and antiinflammatory medication can help. If it is really large, call your surgeon to check it out - could be bleeding under the skin we call a hematoma. Hope you recover quickly! ...Read more

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Does having left inguinal hernia surgery cause a varicocele?

Does having left inguinal hernia surgery cause a varicocele?

It can: If the pampinaform plexus are injured during the repair, it can manifest as a varicocele. This happens infrequently, but not a detrimental occurrence. ...Read more

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Had groin hernia surgery 6 weeks ago. Started cardio again and noticed that my GERD is worse after exercise. Could the hernia surgery cause this?

Had groin hernia surgery 6 weeks ago. Started cardio again and noticed that my GERD is worse after exercise. Could the hernia surgery cause this?

DGL is used to: Help with acid reflux and is safe. If you take licorice that is not DGL, over time it can raise your blood pressure. Please consult w/your doc. Peace and good health. Previous surgery unlikely cause. ...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


Dr. Richard Levin
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Hydrocele (Definition)

A collection of fluid around the testicles, within the scrotum. These fluid collections are contained in a layer of tissue around the testicles, and it is usually ...Read more