My 33 yr old daughter had open inguinal/femoral hernia repair with mesh for a strangulated/incarcerated hernia. She had a spinal anesthetic (because she had eaten). Her recovery went well with some discomfort and swelling. She has returned to work full time as an OT. She described to me a continued numbness of the outer labia on the affected side. It is certainly understood that she is still healing and I doubt it is anything to be overly concerned about. I told her just to call her surgeon and ask the nurse about it. I also appreciate that this major surgery may have some lasting implications. Just wondering if there is anything she could be doing if there was some nerve damage (obviously a small or minor nerve) and is this numbness something that is not terribly abnormal at this point in her recovery?
Thank you so much.
It is always possible that a small sensory nerve to the skin might have been damaged in the course of her hernia surgery. It will take at least 12 months of healing to determine whether or not this area of numbness will resolve or not, however.
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