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  • Pain from laparoscopic bilateral inguinal hernia repair, 3 years later.

    Posted by Laureneyes on April 18, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    so my stories a long one but let me start in the middle. I had my second laparoscopy for a pelvic pain in 2012. We found the hernias unbeknownst to the doc who assured me they didn’t actual exist. Which was why I never actually had the opportunity to sign off on even having plastic mesh put into my body. He figured it was an ovary issue or my appendix. So that is what I signed off on… had I been made aware, I would have opted for the stictches and not the mesh because of my lifestyle. I was also never given any specific post op care instructions. I didn’t know how long hernias took to heal, so after four weeks, having no help w my dog or myself, I began normal activity. Cut to two years later, I’m moving and the sharp stabbing pain comes back. It feelsk like constant pressure along my right inguinal canal that also travels down to my femoral artery area. I am having to constantly stretch out that right inner thigh area to get any relief what so ever. It only alleviates it slightly. I take pain medication every single day to be able to preform what my daily life tasks are. This is not how I want to live. I haven’t had sex In over a year because of the extreme discomfort.

    does this sound like a reason to have it removed and if so, should I remove the left too?even if there is no issue?
    thanks

    drtowfigh replied 7 years, 1 month ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • drtowfigh

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    April 20, 2017 at 4:24 am

    Thanks for the post!

    just to help relieve some concerns: in the vast majority of patients who have inguinal hernia surgery, activity restriction is not necessary and so whatever you did at 4 weeks likely did not in and of itself contribute to your current symptoms.

    Were you pain pain free during the two years between your hernia repair and the beginning of your symptoms? If so, then the plastic mesh itself is not the problem and removing it is not the first choice.

    I recommend evaluation by a hernia specialist to check for a hernia recurrence. Also, other things can cause groin pain, such as a hip injury.

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