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I had right inguinal hernia mesh surgery 3 years ago. I have reocurring pain in same area now. CT scan showed nothing and didn't even show the mesh.

I had right inguinal hernia mesh surgery 3 years ago. I have reocurring pain in same area now. CT scan showed nothing and didn't even show the mesh.

Common: Chronic pain following inguinal hernia repair is common. A CT scan often will not show mesh, especially if the mesh has not contracted and folded up on itself. One step is to have an injection to block the nerve heading to the inguinal area with an anesthetic and steroid. If this relieves the pain, it is likely that the nerve is inflamed in scar tissue. Sometimes this requires an operation to fix. ...Read more

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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! The image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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I had inguinal hernia mesh repair 13 years ago. Some discomfort in this area. Would a CT scan be appropriate to learn more? Other options?

I had inguinal hernia mesh repair 13 years ago. Some discomfort in this area. Would a CT scan be appropriate to learn more? Other options?

CT scan might: Show things other than mesh that might be causing discomfort, but it will probably not show the mesh in any great detail. You might have a recurrent hernia or an entrapped nerve, so see a surgeon for recommendation on diagnosis and treatment of your condition. ...Read more

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I had a CT scan done for a possible second inguinal hernia. The results showed fatty tissue pressing through. Should I have surgery for this?

I had a CT scan done for a possible second inguinal hernia. The results showed fatty tissue pressing through. Should I have surgery for this?

Only if you: Have symptoms, such as pain or cosmetic disfigurement because of its size. It is usually safe to defer hernia repair surgery until the hernia becomes symptomatic. ...Read more

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I had an inguinal hernia surgery (open repair) before three years. I want to know is it possible for scar tissue not to be shown in the MRI scan?

I had an inguinal hernia surgery (open repair) before three years. I want to know is it possible for scar tissue not to be shown in the MRI scan?

Yes: Children usually heal well, and scar tissue can reduce over time. A childhood hernia repair is not a big procedure or incision, so the scar tissue may not be visible after a period of time. ...Read more

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I had a left inguinal hernia surgery (open repair) with mesh. I wanna know if spermatic cord is scarred into the mesh will it appear in MRI scan?

I had a left inguinal hernia surgery (open repair) with mesh. I wanna know if spermatic cord is scarred into the mesh will it appear in MRI scan?

No it won't: You are concerned about patency of your vas deferens. Lumen of vas is normally closed all the time except for passage of sperm. This lumen can not be seen on mri. Best first step to find out if one or both vas is/are patent is by semenalysis. I personally share your concern about wisdom of hernia inguinal repairs with mesh in young men. Of course there will be cases where it is the best technique. ...Read more

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I am 26 male and had an inguinal hernia surgery (open repair) with mesh in 2010. Is there any possibility for scar tissue not to be shown in MRI scan?

I am 26 male and had an inguinal hernia surgery (open repair) with mesh in 2010. Is there any possibility for scar tissue not to be shown in MRI scan?

Yes: Mri typically would not show scar tissue, unless it is extensive. In this area, scar tissue and normal soft tissue would appear similar in an MRI scan. Consult your original surgeon for details if you are having problems with your operation. ...Read more

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Pulled heavy weight resulting in slight right side bulge in scrotum. Ultrasound shows no signs of hernia. Had inguinal hernia repair 30 years ago. Feel slight pain below incision scar after exercise. The bulge reduces at times but mostly stays. Do I need

Pulled heavy weight resulting in slight right side bulge in scrotum. Ultrasound shows no signs of hernia. Had inguinal hernia repair 30 years ago. Feel slight pain below incision scar after exercise. The bulge reduces at times but mostly stays. Do I need

Hernia: It sure still sounds like a hernia. The quality of ultrasound varies tremendously based on the equipment and also the technician, I would not hesitate to get a second opinion. Having a hernia is very often a clinical diagnosis, if there is any question a ct scan can be helpful. ...Read more

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Does sex activity can lead to inguinal hernia?

Does sex activity can lead to inguinal hernia?

No. Makes it show up: Strenuous activity like lifting, pushing pulling are all things that "push" on a hernia. If a small hernia existed, these activities will make it become more noticeable with time. ...Read more

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How much does it cost to get inguinal hernia removed?

Varies: Insurance covers hernia repair but many surgeons can offer discounted prices for people without insurance. For everything including anesthesia, the operating room, the surgeon fee, and the mesh if used prices could range from maybe $4-7 thousand. ...Read more

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What is involved with mesh removal after inguinal hernia?

What is involved with mesh removal after inguinal hernia?

Hard work: Mesh placed for a hernia repair may need to be removed, either for infection, intractable post op pain of an extended period, or for hernia recurrence. In the latter, the graft should be left in place, and repaired with another adjacent or overlying graft. To remove a graft requires an open exploration, removal of tacks or sutures, then direct removal of the graft. Can be difficult. Good luck. ...Read more

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My son was diagnosed with a inguinal hernia. What can we expect?

My son was diagnosed with a inguinal hernia. What can we expect?

Depends on your: Son's age, but in general a surgical repair is required to fix the problem. There are options for different approaches, so talk with a surgeon with experience in hernia repairs. ...Read more

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Any exercise on initial stage of inguinal hernia. Can it recover.?

Recovery=Surgery: A hernia does not recover on its own. The only way to fix a hernia is with surgical repair. You may still exercise while you have a hernia, however any increase in strenuous activity will increase the likelihood of your hernia becoming stuck and necessitating a more urgent operation. ...Read more

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What are the best exercises to build a strong core after inguinal hernia?

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Walking: After inguinal hernia surgery, strenuous exercise is contraindicated for a period of time, depending on the type and complexity of repair. A period of rest (1-2 days) followed by walking as tolerated is best. You cannot strengthen the tissues with exercise before or after this type of surgery but you can cause failure or chronic problems by over stressing the repair. ...Read more

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How dangerous is an inguinal hernia? Is there anything I can do to help it?

Rarely dangerous: They cause discomfort concerns are cosmetic and bowl incarceration which can be very serious but happens rarely surgical fix options available but are elective few complication some reoccurances to summarize some down tome to rcover expected. ...Read more

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I have inguinal hernia, what is better: mesh or non-mesh? I want to avoid as much complications as possible.

I have inguinal hernia, what is better: mesh or non-mesh? I want to avoid as much complications as possible.

Mesh: In this day and age, mesh is considered far superior to non-mesh repairs, and the primary reason is recurrence rates. The recurrence rates with mesh repair are much lower than without mesh. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Computed tomography (ct scan) or computed axial tomography (cat scan), is a medical imaging procedure that utilizes computer-processed x-rays to produce tomographic images or 'slices' of specific ...Read more


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Inguinal Hernia (Definition)

An inguinal hernia is a hernia that occurs in the inguinal region (groin). It passes out throughout the muscle in a canal near the spermatic ...Read more