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Inguinal hernia operation pain

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I had an inguinal hernia operation just under 4 weeks ago. The recovery was feeling fine until two days ago when I started getting pain walking, coughing, sneezing etc...

I went back to my local GP who wasn't sure what the problem was. I had another ultrasound but they said there was no sign of the hernia reoccurring. I have been placed on antibiotics in case of infection, but the pain feels very similar to when the hernia first appeared.

The pain has been consistent since it has come back and I am getting worried that they maybe missed something with the ultrasound.

Since the operation I haven't lifted anything over 2 kilograms or done any physical activity. The scar from the operation isn't hot or different from what it was beforehand.

If you could provide me with any extra information or advice it would be much appreciated.

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replied July 9th, 2009
Hernia Answer A6914
Assuming that there postoperative pain. In most cases, this will gradually improve over time. Anti-inflamamtory medications and hot or/and cold packs can be helpful while healing is still ongoing.

In 3 to 5% of inguinal hernia repairs, patients go on to develop chronic pain in the area of their hernia repair. However, it is much too soon, yet, for you to be concerned about a possible chronic postoperative pain syndrome.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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