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Pain after inguinal hernia surgery

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I had a double inguinal hernia on both sides repaired lapro 4 weeks ago. I was feeling fine until with normal recovery when a few days ago I started to feel what felt like a spasm on the left side where one of the repairs occurred. Its a dull pain that lasts a few seconds then goes away. I called the surgeon who stated this was normal recovery feelings. I still get this feeling every few hours whether I am standing, sitting, driving etc. Its very uncomfortable.
What could this be?

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replied February 6th, 2010
Hernia Answer A9797
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You would like to know the reason for the dull pain that you experience after surgery.

An inguinal hernia is treated with surgery in cases when the bowels are strangulated in the inguinal canal and suffer from ischemia or when the hernia reappears after the surgery. Surgeons usually use mesh (net-like wire) that they attach between the muscles and the subcutaneous tissue. This mesh affects the surrounding tissue causing a small inflammatory reaction that leads to production of fibrous tissue which strengthens the walls of the inguinal canal. Usually this mesh doesn't cause any uncomfortable symptom, but it may rarely cause pain when standing, sitting and driving due to the changing of its position as a person moves his/her legs. This condition is normal.

According to the data that you describe, you are experiencing pain in the inguinal area as a normal reaction after surgery. If you experience severe pain, redness or swelling in the inguinal area you may consider seeing the surgeon that performed the surgery.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider such as an abdominal surgeon for further advice and information about the cause of the pain that you experience.

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