Pain eight weeks post-op

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      Orchard212
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      First, a little bit of background. I am a 53 year old male and saw a sports doctor for pain that I was having in my groin. The doctor wrote it up as bilateral proximal and medial thigh pain with activity/running on the left, and while walking only on the right. He ordered x-rays and suggested osteititis pubis as there was minor degenerative changes seen. He gave me anti-inflammatory medication and instructed me to ice the groin/thigh area. With no change in four weeks, he sent me for an ultra sound. The results came back as moderate size fat containing direct-type inguinal hernia on both sides. I was then referred to a surgeon. The surgeon confirmed the diagnosis through an exam. At the end of March, I had robotic repair of bilateral inguinal hernias with mesh.

      The surgery and recovery went fine. Nearly 8 weeks after surgery, while walking, I experienced the same pain that I had prior to surgery on my right side. Since then, the pain has been almost constant while walking and sometimes more pronounced than it was prior to surgery.

      My questions are, is it too soon after surgery to consider that my right side hernia was not fixed or has reoccurred? If not, should I see the surgeon about the pain or the sports doctor who originally diagnosed me, or possibly a hernia specialist?

    • #16384
      Doubter
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      this pain may be caused by the mesh itself, or the scar tissue around it. You need new imaging tests, and a surgeon who specializes in hernias of that kind.

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      Good intentions
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      quote Orchard212:

      At the end of March, I had robotic repair of bilateral inguinal hernias with mesh.

      The surgery and recovery went fine. Nearly 8 weeks after surgery, while walking, I experienced the same pain that I had prior to surgery on my right side. Since then, the pain has been almost constant while walking and sometimes more pronounced than it was prior to surgery.

      My questions are, is it too soon after surgery to consider that my right side hernia was not fixed or has reoccurred? If not, should I see the surgeon about the pain or the sports doctor who originally diagnosed me, or possibly a hernia specialist?

      Can you give more detail on the type of mesh used for the repair. There are so many possibilities.

      Are you saying that pain goes away when you’re inactive? It’s only there while walking?

      You should certainly tell your original surgeon about the problem so that he/she knows, for future reference at least. It’s hard to give advice on which type of doctor you should see, since levels of expertise can vary even within a specialty. A hernia “specialist” could mean high volume or high quality.

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