You may be suffering from PHPS (Post Herniorraphy Pain Syndrome). Other doctors use terms like...inguinodynia and inguinal neuralgia, but they all me the same thing - pain in the groin and inguinal area after hernia surgery.
Despite what surgeons would have you believe, there are far more people suffering from this condition after a hernia surgery than what they would lead you to believe. The pain can be so low as a 1 (on a scale from 1 - 10) or so intermittent, that patient never give it a second thought, to a raging 10 where people can't walk.
What causes it? A variety things:
- excessive scar tissue/adhesions
- nerve entrapment in that scar tissue
- nerve damage during operation
- meshoma and its effect on the surrounding tissues
- new hernia or recurrent hernia (again a nerve irritation issue)
When you boil it down to it's simple components, it's a nerve related issue; but the solution is never that simple. Many surgeons will quickly dismiss you and refer you to a pain management specialist just to get rid of you. I would not allow them to do that to you. Make them accountable and responsible for the services they provided you, namely the hernia surgery. So many patients don't hold doctors accountable because, and I hear this all the time, "Well, he's a doctor."
Right, and??? ...your point being?? I tell people to keep the rationale simple. If you took your car to a mechanic and the repairs he performed didn't work, you'd take your car back and say, "Hey, what you did, didn't work, fix it." Right?? Or the same with, say, a plumber. Bottom line, a doctor is a professional just like a mechanic and a plumber, and if the service he performed is causing problems or is not to your liking, you have a right to insist, even demand, that something be done. Unfortunately, we have quite a few doctors that refuse to take responsibility and THAT, and that only, is the single biggest reason why there is so much litigation (lawsuits) in the medical community.
Anyway, back to your issue. What you are experiencing happens far more than what we are told as patients. Yes, there are many patients that go through the hernia operation without any problems, but there is a segment that experiences these long term pain problems.
Unfortunately, if pain management doesn't work (and it usually doesn't), the only other TWO viable options you have are:
1) Live with the pain on a daily basis
2) Have a second surgery to try and correct the cause of the pain.