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      tyrone
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      It would be great if people would respond with what type of surgery they went for on inguinal hernia (or every type of hernia) and we could keep a list on there outcome. Example: had surgery on this date _____ Type hernia______ Type of precedure_________ Surgen_______
      City__________ Results 1-30 days_________1 to 3 months_______ 1 to 5 years_______. Results could be on a scale 1 no pain to 10 super painful, problems 1 no problems to 10 totally something is wrong. But I guess only the ones with problems would respond and the lucky ones ( with no pain or problems would not).

      It would be nice to read about all success stories, so the people who are about to go under the knife would be less worried.

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      RJ
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      @tyrone, I can relate, pre-surgery, and nervous. I suspect almost everyone feels similar before making such a decision.

      Out of all places, I’ve found the video blogs and comments on hernia repair videos at YouTube tend to have a lot of success stories or casual reflections (and yes, I know YouTube is kind of a cesspool). Most are just short little blips about an experience with whatever types of hernia surgery from everyday people.

      Below are actual patient post-surgery videos for inguinal hernias, which I’ve found to be quite helpful, and again, the comments have many others who have been through the same thing.

      Also, if you can stomach it, the actual operation videos of surgical procedures can be helpful to understand what’s going on, and again the comments can be sometimes helpful. I won’t link to any of those here because they’re fairly graphic and certainly won’t be viewable for everyone, but if you can stomach actual surgery videos, look for things like “Laparoscopic TEP Inguinal Hernia Repair” or “Open mesh hernia repair” – these are the two most common types of groin hernia repair and there are many, many videos online about them.

      Reading medical studies can reveal an abundance of information which could help to make a data-driven decision. I find the long-term followup studies to be most helpful in this regard, at 1 year minimum and preferably 5 and 10 year followups.

      http://archsurg.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1107390

      Finally, there’s even an app for iPhone and Android that uses Q&A and statistical data to predict outcome of hernia surgery. Could be useful to some.

      http://www.carolinashealthcare.org/ceqol

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