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"Only about 3% of patients with asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic inguinal hernias will go on to require emergency hernia surgery (mostly due to trapped and/or obstructed, or strangulated, bowel). About 3 to 5% of patients who have inguinal hernias will go on to experience chronic pain or/and numbness after hernia repair. "

Had I known this I would NOT have had surgery since it looks like I might be one of these with chronic pain. I am only 2 weeks out but my pain has gotten worse, not better. My R thigh from my groin to my knee has a strange feeling. I would say it is numb but not really...it is more of a very sensitive feeling on the skin. Hurts like heck to touch and I also am having trouble walking. Leg is very stiff and painful when moving!

I know I am early into this but if this becomes a chronic condition, would I have grounds for a law suit? This will affect my work, exercise, social activities etc if it does not improve!
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replied March 27th, 2011
As I am not an attorney, I'm afraid that I cannot offer advice regarding lawsuits.

You might consider a consultation with a Pain Management specialist, however.


Sincerely,


Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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replied April 3rd, 2011
3-5%.. thats even a lie. studies show upwards of 30% never stop having pain!!!
Hey nikki i understand what you mean i too am considering suing the lying sob snake oil selling charlatan err doctor, for lying as well, but i fully expect to be told doctors are expected to lie, aside from gross incompetence it seems to be what they excel at. i was told there was a 1 in 10,000 chance i would have lasting pain after the surgery, and i would be in less pain than prior to the surgery, both blatant lies. also there was no mention of red swollen testicles prior to the surgery. i could go on and on, suffice it to say, i will never trust another lying used car salesman dresses in a lab coat.
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replied April 3rd, 2011
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Is the pain located behind the knee bend? If so, sounds like you have femoral nerve irritation or damage. I understand your frustration and pain, but I will tell you, most surgeons will expect you to wait 3-6 months before they consider the pain chronic. Now, I've been living with my pain for 2 years and I can't begin to tell you the way it has changed my life and my outlook on life. Pain management is a laughing stock. Their goal is to keep you drugged up so you don't feel anything, and that is not solving the problem. I am looking at a second surgery (not the original hack who did this to me) to go in and address the problem. You are not alone in your suffering.
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