Pain after laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery
I had surgery on a Thursday and I’m just wondering what kind of pain is normal over the first week or two – specifically where. I currently have a fair amount of soreness in the groin and inguinal area, and it seems it would make sense given that’s the area that was repaired. But I’ve also read people say that they didn’t have much inguinal groin pain – their pain and discomfort was elsewhere – in the abdomen or legs or area where the instruments were inserted etc., and that they immediately had relied on the groin area after surgery.
Of course anyone right after surgery worries about messing things up and having to do it again. But I’ve also read several surgeons state that despite the physical restrictions about lifting etc, it’s highly unlikely a patient could do any damage to the repair given how the lapascopic method works to put the mesh behind the abdominal wall.
So I guess I’m mainly just wondering where people had pain during the first week or two and how long it lasted. I started mostly with discomfort in the abdomen and chest and very little that I noticed in the groin. The former has subsided greatly and now it’s mostly the groin. I wonder if I just wasn’t focused on the groin earlier because of how uncomfortable the pain was elsewhere. I’ve also done some light housework and hoping I didn’t overdo it too soon. Trying to take it easy but it’s just so hard to sit around and do nothing. There’s so much variation in people’s stories. Some say go back to work in a few days, some say a few weeks. Some say they were mostly pain free in a few days, some say a few weeks. And I wonder exactly where there pain was, specifically if they had lapascopix surgery.
Need to schedule my week or two week follow-up also.
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