Re: Open inguinal hernia repair
Did your hernia repair involve any mesh or plugs? I've heard from a few individuals who had a lot of trouble with any kind of new material, as their body didn't seem to tolerate it well. If that isn't the case, it could certainly be nerve trouble and hopefully something that isn't too difficult to find relief with. I would start with calling your doctor to ask them about this, but I agree that if you don't feel comfortable with what they tell you, that a second opinion would be a good idea too. Perhaps they can take a look with an ultrasound to see if anything is visible to narrow down what it might be. I had open inguinal hernia repairs for hernias on both sides. After 3 months, I was definitely still tender, but not in extreme pain. It's been just over 2 years since my repair and I have slight numbness on one side at the surface, and some tenderness. It isn't bad, but more of a nuisance and something I have to be careful with. I also tend to feel that the muscles are kind of tight there and have to be careful with my workouts or I will cause some pain in the area. My surgeon told me (as well as other people I know with incisions in this area, whether it be from a C section, hernia repair, etc) that it's normal to have some numbness and tenderness for years, and sometimes it is never 100% back to normal. You definitely shouldn't have to go through as much pain as you are having though! Good luck and hope you get this figured out quickly.