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What are the challenges a surgeon faces when repairing a recurrent inguinal hernia?I'm worried that i may have a recurrence?

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In brief: Scar tissue

Hernia repair may recur. Smoking, weight gain and time among other thing may lead to break down of repair. For the surgeon to re-repair the scar tissue prevents the ability to see the tiisie plains.
But the outcome is still good and better than living with a painful hernia. See a board certified surgeon. Be well.

In brief: Scar tissue

Hernia repair may recur. Smoking, weight gain and time among other thing may lead to break down of repair. For the surgeon to re-repair the scar tissue prevents the ability to see the tiisie plains.
But the outcome is still good and better than living with a painful hernia. See a board certified surgeon. Be well.
Dr. Randy Stevens
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In brief: Scarring from

Previous surgery makes operation more technically difficult, and injury to nerves, testicle, and another recurrence is higher. But it is still a safe operation, so, if you have a symptomatic recurrent inguinal hernia, you should proceed with surgical repair.

In brief: Scarring from

Previous surgery makes operation more technically difficult, and injury to nerves, testicle, and another recurrence is higher. But it is still a safe operation, so, if you have a symptomatic recurrent inguinal hernia, you should proceed with surgical repair.
Dr. Robert Uyeda
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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
If the initial surgery was done open technique, then recurrence should be managed via laparoscopic technique. The reverse is also true. Unfortunately, there's no perfect hernia repair, but recurrence rate should be low, 1-2 %, regardless of method. Good luck.
Dr. David Earle
Surgery
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In brief: Reoperation

Reoperation is generally more difficult because of scar tissue making it more difficult identify separate anatomical structures that are often stuck together with variable intensity.
A redo inguinal hernia repair should generally be done utilizing a different strategy and approach than the first time that didn't work. Hope that makes sense, and helps.

In brief: Reoperation

Reoperation is generally more difficult because of scar tissue making it more difficult identify separate anatomical structures that are often stuck together with variable intensity.
A redo inguinal hernia repair should generally be done utilizing a different strategy and approach than the first time that didn't work. Hope that makes sense, and helps.
Dr. David Earle
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