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Burning sensations and the healing process

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I had hernia surgery 75 days ago. The external healing process went well. I am now experencing sharp burning sensations at the sight of the surgery on a regular basis (many times daily). Is this part of the "healing" process or is it something to be concerned about? If it is not part of the "healing" process, what could it be? Thank you.


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replied October 12th, 2009
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It is hard to say what the burning sensation is without an additional examination. However, it is not a part of the healing process, especially if the pain is pretty strong. There is a possibility of a local inflammation.


It might be completely unrelated to the surgery. Inflammation after surgery usually occurs up to several days after the operation. The inflammation might produce fluid which might not be reabsorbed completely afterwards, which might lead to creating adhesions. Adhesions are strings of connective tissue that are attached to neighboring organs and might cause the pain you described when the organ is pulled.


In addition, the pain might be caused by putting pressure on nerves located in that area. The pressure might again be from inflammation (present or past). The difference might be discerned by a surgeon (whom you are advised to visit), depending upon which area the pain spreads into. The surgeon might give you additional treatment options to make the pain completely disappear.


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