Hi i had inguinal hernia open surgery 4 months ago, and last week i played some tennis and football for the first time since before the surgery. The day after and since i have been feeling odd twinges in the lower stomach close to the wound, i went to my doctor straight away who just told me that is normal as I had been doing physical activity and the wound is healed but it may still hurt after sports.
Its been a week since i played, and i only feel it when i bend forward or stretch to reach something.
Unfortunately, the scar tissue that forms after hernia repair is not soft and flexible like normal tissues. Therefore, vigorous physical activities can strain scar tissue (as well as any nerves or other sensitive tissues that the scar has grown into).
Alternating hot and cold packs may help. Also, your doctor might consider prescribing an anti-inflammatory medication for you. If these interventions don't help, then consider a consultation with a physical therapist for stretching and strengthening exercises, and deep heat applications.
Thanks Dr Wascher, I played tennis again yesterday and i felt great whilst playing but again today i notice a stiffness and an occasional sharp pain around the tissue, my worry is that this is not normal but if the consensus is that it is indeed normal then i wont worry as much.
Doc, I have also noticed that my stomach is a bit more bloated than usual but i dont know how long its been like that, i had a few days last week when i think i had diarrhea, but other than that my diet hasnt changed and i dont feel full, but my stomach does look bloated?
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