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incisional hernia repair

I just had an incisional hernia repair operation. I developed this hernia after a bowel operation 8 years ago. My question is what degree of pain should I be experiencing after an op such as this. When I first came round after the anasthetic and was lying prostrate on the trolley, not moving I developed a terrible spasm of internal pain, like being stabbed with a large kitchen knife. Is this normal? The nurse jokingly said, oh your body is coming back to life, waking up.
It didnt feel much like that and the spasms came and went. I am home now and not getting these spasms as I am not really moving round too much, a bit scared to do too much. Feel quite a bit of pain and discomfort and am worried about what those internal stabbings of pain could mean? Any suggestions? When can I drive my car after this op and go out and about shopping etc.
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replied December 23rd, 2009
Unfortunately, spasms of the abdominal wall muscles are rather common following abdominal operations. Hopefully, you are on the mend by now.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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