My husband Tom,[73/140#/6'1] underwent a hernia repair about 9 months ago. For 5 months he's been experiencing a type of inflammation/ache in his left side, like a pulled muscle would feel like, after most activities, like swimming , walking, light exercising.
The pain extends just above the surgery site and wraps around the back, down to his left testicle.
Tom's seen a general surgeon who did an in-office ultrasound, showing nothing. The doctor said an X-ray and MRI/CT wouldn't show anything, like a loose tack---is this true?
Something must be going on to give Tom this discomfort everyday.
What could be going on? Is there a specialist he should see that might be able to pinpoint this problem?
Please respond as soon as possible-other doctor forums never gave me a response.
Unfortunately, 3 to 5 percent of patients experience intermittent or constant chronic pain following inguinal hernia surgery.
A recurrent hernia needs to be ruled out first (ultrasound, CT scan, and MRI scan may be used, individually or in combination) if an obvious recurrence is not apparent on physical examination.
If no hernia recurrence is demonstrated, then an injection of steroid and anesthetic solution into the scar may provide some relief. Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, can also help many patients with chronic pain following hernia surgery. In some patients who are disabled by pain following inguinal hernia, a repeat surgery to destroy any damaged sensory nerves ("triple neurectomy") may be helpful in some cases.
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