Hernia repair on one side cause hernia on other side?

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    • #27687
      D
      Participant

      Just wondered if there was any information on this out there. An inguinal hernia pure tissue repair on one side , with some tension… would the pulling make the opposite side weaker, increasing the likelihood of a hernia on the other side? I know they put mesh to cover both sides sometimes, as a prophylactic measure… but the pure tissue repair doesn’t offer this protection, no?

    • #27688
      Alephy
      Participant

      A doctor mentioned this to me but why should the pressure increase on the other side? I think they like to simplify things as if water was inside the belly…plus this doctor wanted to put mesh in and was making a good story for it..

    • #27692
      drtowfigh
      Keymaster

      There is no direct relationship. Repairing one side inguinal hernia will not affect the other side.

      That said, there is about a 20% lifetime chance the other side will have an inguinal hernia, as it’s a very genetic problem.

    • #27714
      deeoeraclea
      Participant

      One month after the hernia on my right side was repaired (with mesh), I developed a hernia on my left side. There was no indication of a hernia on my left prior to having my right side repaired.

      Obviously, not a statistically significant study. But, I find it had to believe this was just a coincidence.

      As a side note: I had the left side repaired without mesh, because the mesh on the right caused so much pain that I eventually chose to have it removed. I have had no chronic pain issues on the left side.

      • This reply was modified 1 week, 6 days ago by deeoeraclea.
    • #27717
      UhOh!
      Participant

      Is it possible that the “got hernia repaired only to get one on the other side” phenomenon is actually:

      -Weakness exists on both sides, with greater weakness on side with original hernia.
      -The “stuff” that would fill a hernia sac ends up concentrated on the side with the hernia, protruding through it and leaving less “stuff” (and pressure) to create one on the other side.
      -Hernia gets fixed, that side becomes a strong point, not a weak one, so contents begin protruding through the next weakest point (the already weakened, but not quite broken, other side).

      In other words, it’s not a cause and effect relationship (repair = tear on other side) but more a question of a hernia on one side providing less opportunity for one to form on the other side?

    • #27719
      Alephy
      Participant

      I personally see it more like this: when someone is straining the abdominal muscles in any way pressure is exerted on both sides of the body. Considering the overall small amount of tissue involved in any hernia I cannot see why this pressure would be any different after the hernia. In fact even on the hernia side there is still the same pressure with a difference in the way part of the tissues then respond as otherwise no hernia would ever get any bigger…

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