When surgeons ask if you had pain before repair
I’ve always wondered about this because they will often say that you are more likely to have chronic pain after repair if you had pain before. Seems sort of fatalistic – like if you had pain before surgery, the surgery may not help your pain. It may fix your hernia but not your pain. One has to wonder why that is. This whole hernia repair business – something so incredibly common – seems to have so many possible ways of failing or not fixing the underlying problem. Maybe this is common with certain conditions. I suppose I’ve always heard that people often get surgery for their back or knees (also very common) and are just never the same. Maybe it’s like that.
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