Possible Recurrence after Shouldice Repair
Hi, everyone! I’m new here, but I am hoping you all can help provide some much-needed guidance and support. I had surgery at the Shouldice hospital in Toronto in May 2017 to repair a small, direct inguinal hernia on my right side (open surgery, no mesh). Overall, the surgery seemed to be successful, but the recovery has seemed a bit slow. I’ve had some on-and-off pain in the area and have also had a lump in the same area as the original hernia since the surgery. The surgeon said it could take a few months for the scar tissue to flatten out, but it’s now been 13 months and the lump is still there.
As I’ve gotten back into doing more activity–ice hockey, lifting weights, surfing–I’ve had an uptick in the amount of pain, which about two weeks ago became even more noticeable. The pain reminds me of the pain I had before the surgery, seems to get worse with activity, and is generally worse later in the day. I’m starting to wonder if the lump I have in the hernia region is actually a recurrence as opposed to just scar tissue, as it isn’t particularly hard and looks similar to how it looked before surgery.
Is it possible that the lump is still just scar tissue and the pain is from the scar tissue breaking up or impinging nerves, or is it more likely I have a recurrence? I am terrified of a potential recurrence and this entire ordeal has given me extreme anxiety.
I’m guessing I will need some imaging and a physical evaluation by a hernia specialist to find out what is going on, but I have since moved to Los Angeles, so it’s not really an option to return to Shouldice (not to mention I have some doubts whether they would want to admit to a failed repair if that is indeed the case). I’m having trouble finding a hernia specialist in the Los Angeles area that accepts my insurance and I’m not sure if a general surgeon would be familiar with the Shouldice repair technique or experienced in recurrent hernias.
Does anybody know if there is a hernia specialist nearby (or even in the Philadelphia or Washington, DC areas) that takes Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance?
Thanks in advance!
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