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  • Groin hernia, no pain. Treatment?

    Posted by drtowfigh on October 10, 2013 at 2:23 am

    What should you do if you have an obvious groin (inguinal) hernia? Surgery or no surgery? The studies show that no surgery is “safe” but most of the patients end up opting for surgery.

    patbenett replied 8 years, 1 month ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • drtowfigh

    Moderator
    January 7, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Groin hernia, no pain. Treatment?

    Completely agree.

    Spread the word.

  • patbenett

    Member
    January 5, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Groin hernia, no pain. Treatment?

    Dr. Towfigh,

    I don’t know if it is a good idea to fix groin hernia if patient has no discomfort. Myself was diagnosed with inguinal hernia two years ago and I had no discomfort at that time. I was suggested to fix it, and I did, with the consequence of severe and chronic pain after the surgery. Until now, I still don’t know why would I bother to do that and literally destroy my quality of life.

    Net net, I think the rule of thumb is, the surgery should only be performed based on patient’s pain level and discomfort, along with physical examination to decide how bad it is and how urgent it needs to be fixed. Only the diagnosis of groin hernia shouldn’t be the reason for patient to get into the surgery.

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