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Scar from hernia operation ?

I have been in need of a hernia operation for 3 years.
It is now horribly big - the size of a grapefruit and the pain kills me.
I am terrified of being operated on down there.
I read bad things re. meshes.
I am terrified I will be disfigured. Will there be a big scar?
Will a general surgeon in a hospital even care about a scar?
Will they laugh at me if I ask?
Will Shouldice be better than mesh in terms of scar?
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replied January 1st, 2010
The skin incision/scar is the same irrespective of which type of repair is done (unless you have a laparoscopic hernia repair, which is no longer done as frequently for groin hernias these days). The current "standard of care" operation for the repair of inguinal hernias is repair with mesh.

You will not be "disfigured" by having a groin hernia repair, but you will have a scar (as with all types of surgery).

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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