How long does pain last after inguinal hernia repair?
It can last for months and is sometimes quite debilitating. It may even interfere with sitting or walking, says general surgeon David Krpata, MD. We talked with Dr. Krpata to better understand the possible cause of post-surgery chronic pain — pain that lasts for three months and the best options for relief.
What is the fastest way to recover from inguinal hernia surgery?
Gentle exercise, such as walking, can help the healing process, but you should avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities for about 4 to 6 weeks. You may find sex painful or uncomfortable at first, but it’s usually fine to have sex when you feel like it.
Is inguinal hernia surgery painful?
Pain: In most cases, the area will be sore as you heal. But some people develop chronic, long-lasting pain after surgery for a groin hernia, for example. Experts think the procedure may damage certain nerves. Laparoscopic surgery may cause less pain than an open procedure.
How long does a inguinal hernia surgery take?
The operation usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete and you’ll usually be able to go home on the same day. Some people stay in hospital overnight if they have other medical problems or live on their own.
How bad is the pain after hernia surgery?
After surgery to repair your hernia, you are likely to have pain for a few days. You may also feel like you have influenza (flu), and you may have a low fever and feel tired and sick to your stomach. This is common. You should feel better after a few days and will probably feel much better in 7 days.
Why is my stomach bigger after hernia surgery?
It is possible that the repair is still intact and bulging of the mesh causes swelling. Bulging can be the result of an insufficient surgical technique. The problem is more frequently seen after repair of large defects, especially when mesh are used to bridge the defects, and more frequent after laparoscopic repair,,.
How do you poop after hernia surgery?
Stool Softeners (colace & docusate calcium) soften the stool, making it easier to pass. Stool softeners can be most effective if you drink plenty of water throughout the day. Laxatives: Such as Correctol, Ex-Lax, and Senokot make stool move faster through the intestines by irritating the lining of the intestines.
How do you sleep after an inguinal hernia surgery?
At first you may need to rest in bed with your upper body raised on pillows. This helps you breathe easier and may help lessen post-surgery hernia pain.
How long does it take for hernia mesh to set?
People may be able to walk up to a few miles a day in the first couple of weeks. Most people will be able to resume full activity two weeks after hernia mesh surgery. It can be as long as four weeks with non-mesh hernia surgery. A doctor can determine when an individual patient is ready.
Is inguinal hernia surgery considered major surgery?
A hernia repair returns the organ or structure to its proper place and fixes the weakened area of muscle or tissue. A hernia repair is a common but major surgery with significant risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options available.
Do your balls swell after hernia surgery?
Men who have had an inguinal hernia repair may find their scrotum is swollen and turn black and blue. This is normal and may worsen after a few days. To help reduce swelling, use ice packs and wear supportive underwear such as briefs. The scrotum will return to normal in a few weeks.
Why is hernia surgery so painful?
Causes of Pain
Injury to skin, muscles and nerves during the operation are common causes of postoperative abdominal pain after hernia mesh surgery. The length and extent of the surgery may make the pain more intense.
Do I need to shave before inguinal hernia surgery?
You do not need to shave your groin region before coming to the hospital for your surgery. You will not be alert enough to drive on your own after your surgery, so make sure a family member or friend can take you home from the hospital.
What should I wear after inguinal hernia surgery?
Male patients will be advised to wear compression shorts or tight fitting boxer briefs for a few days following the repair of their inguinal hernia to help reduce the amount of swelling after surgery. There are no special brands recommended or required, as long as they are tighter fitting.