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Is he right that it couldn't re-rupture?

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I am a 54 year old female that had an inguinal hernia repaired with mesh 15 months ago. About 6 or 7 weeks ago I lifted 60 pounds and felt a sharp pain in the inguinal area. I saw the DR today, the surgeon who did the repair, and he said that because he used mesh it could not have torn. He told me to not lift anything heavy for 4 weeks and the pain should go away. I think I re-injured the hernia as it's the same pains as before and no pain until I lifted. What should I do now? Is he right that it couldn't re-rupture? He also said because I was female it was even more unlikely. Please advise.

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replied June 6th, 2011
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According to the symptoms reported by you it seems that the pain is due to lifting heavy weight only.The pain if ruptured would have been more severe and also it is uncommon for the mesh to torn.
Wait for a week and see if there are any changes in the pain.If the pain worsens or there is no change consider taking a second opinion from another Physician after evaluation.Do not lift any heavy things.

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