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I had mesh surgery 5 years ago for an inguinal hernia. No major side effects. 2 days ago I was exercising and felt an uncomfortable ache above my right groin exactly where the surgery took place. It feels like a pulling feeling and sometimes a slight strain further down in the groin. It is relieved by lying down. Worse when sitting in a chair.

It feels the same as when I originally had the Inguinal Hernia (I never had much pain) but this time no bulge. The pain is not great but annoying and worrying. Could this be something else (sports hernia) or the start of an inguinal hernia again?

Should I leave it alone and see what happens?

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replied June 26th, 2011
Unfortunately, chronic pain occurs in about 3 to 5 percent of patients following inguinal hernia repair.

Patients experiencing chronic pain following hernia surgery must first be evaluated by a surgeon to rule out a recurrent hernia. If no recurrence is identified, then treatment of chronic pain can include restrictions on physical activity, oral anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen), injection of steroid and local anesthetic medications into the hernia repair scar, and (rarely) repeat surgery to surgically remove any sensory nerves that might have become entrapped within the mesh or scar.


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