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What to Expect After Inguinal Hernia Surgery

Updated on February 3, 2015
Diagram of an inguinal hernia (CC BY 3.0).
Diagram of an inguinal hernia (CC BY 3.0). | Source

An inguinal hernia is when part of the intestine protrudes through the abdominal wall. At best, it is unsightly, and at worst can be very painful.

Some people may suffer from this type of hernia for days or weeks without being sure what the problem is. They just notice that there is a lump in their groin area. The lump can come and go, in fact, depending on various factors. In fact, for some people, only paying a visit to the doctor will confirm their condition.

The surgical procedure used to correct the condition includes the insertion of a mesh-like fabric into the area around the opening, which helps hold the intestine inside the body.

Things to Expect After Inguinal Hernia Surgery

  • Post-surgery, you can expect to be sore in the area around the incision for at least a few days. Do your best to get plenty of bed rest for the first few days after surgery.
  • You'll probably be more comfortable sitting up than lying down, as lying prone puts more pressure on the abdominal wall.
  • After a few days, start walking around a bit every day. One common mistake that many recipients of inguinal hernia surgery make is resting too much after surgery. This sounds counter-intuitive, but staying in bed or on the couch for too many days after surgery without exercise hinders the body's healing process.
  • At the same time, avoid heavy lifting or hard exercise during this time.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables so as to get plenty of fiber. You want to eat regularly to keep waste moving through your intestines, so that you don't have to strain your abdominals to pass waste.
  • All told, hernia recovery time will take a few weeks. You may start to feel better after a few days, but your internal healing process will take some more time.
  • If you experience sudden or alarming pain, check with your doctor.
  • You should also consult with your doctor right away if your wound doesn't seem to be healing, continues to weep or leak, or if you develop a fever.

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      Stephen 15 months ago

      Ive had sergury and i have a bulge in one of my testiculs and ive herd thats its supposed to be fluid. Well for 3 months i have waited and its still a bulge. How can i fix this??? Sanspaugh@msn.com love to hear some responses

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      max 18 months ago

      Guys you are mostly all youg. I am 73, I am getting the repair next week. My questions is, no one ever mentioned marguana, are you like all conservatives. I'd anyone used marguana to help with the nausea and the pain, ps. , answer fast

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      Abb 2 years ago

      I a female had inguinal mesh surgery about 10 days ago (laparoscopic). My stomach is STILL bloated and I look pregnant. I was very thin before this operation and am really depressed that I look like this... Is this gas or fluid?? I have my post-op today, but wanted to see how long it took others to get back to a flat stomach after this operation.

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      DML 2 years ago

      Okay ladies, since we are in the 3% of women who get hernias, we need to share. I am on day 6 of recovery from right side inginual hernia repair. First off-it was the most painful thing I've experienced to date and I have 4 kids. Be prepared! Use your arm muscles to move and lever yourself up and think strong legs. I almost passed out after surgery when I sat up to go use the bathroom. Thought someone had stabbed me repeatedly. Remember to breathe through the pain. Second day was worse due to bruising and muscles stiffening. Walking holding your abdomen helps. Experiencing leg pain (burning and aching) in upper thigh now and I can't sleep even with pain meds. Calling the Doctor tomorrow just to check. Surgeon removed my round ligament and a nerve too to prevent chronic pain. I think the ligament removal is making it harder to stand upright and the nerve was unexpected. I don't like the numb sensation, but I also don't want chronic pain. Good luck everyone. This surgery is brutal!

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      Tomas 2 years ago

      Its been 1 year 6 months since i had lapascopic surgery had mesh put in on both sides ..my left ball is still big like a apple size is this normal ? Or should it have done went down to the regular size of my right ball ?

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      jordan 2 years ago

      I just had a lapascopic surgery to repair a ingenial hernia on my left side. Just 16 hours ago. Now im no stranger to pain as ive broken 15 bone in total and had two other surgerys on other things. This is by far the worst pain i have ever felt. And my balls and penis are still numb and navy blueish color which is apparently normal. My hernia was larger than originally thought and they had to use a 5in. Long by 61/4in. Wide mesh. Sounds small but think of that inside your 180 pound body in the groin. All i can say is use proper lifting techniques to avoid getting one and if you do get one follow the doctors orders.good luck .

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      B W 2 years ago

      Soaking the groin in very hot bathtub water helped a lot

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      Carl 2 years ago

      I had Inguinal surgery on Dec 9th seems a foot of colon had made its way into my scrotum ( 2 is company on that area 3 is a crowd) This is a repair of a failed repair from a few years ago. First find a surgeon who specializes in hernia repair. They should do an ultrasound and have a game plan for repair and the surgeon that did my repair has done approx 25,000 so I was in good hands. I suggest a couple days before surgery start the stool softners you will be glad you did. I had the repair on the right side he placed a 6 in x 3 in of mesh in my open repair. I quickly figured out getting up with my feet pointing to the left made the task less painful. After the pain meds from the hospital wore off the oxy did not help my abdominal cramps called the surgeon he filled a perscription for Valum a god send. I had to sleep sitting up and leaning to the left for 3 nights. I used a cane to help get up and it was a great choice for sure as using your abs getting up ain't happening. Now, one week removed from surgery and I am walking without a cane and even drove be careful as you do not want to have to slam on the brakes. I have to wear a jock for 6 weeks this gives you extra support. I also have some leg tingling on my left leg which should go away in time. When getting out of bed I suggest a modified side plank using your forearm and not ab muscles. I hope I do not have to go through this again and good luck to all that have to experience this.

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      john h aged 66 3 years ago

      I now 4 weeks since my right side open hernia op I am still in some discomfort and burning sensation on that side ,a hard ridge runs along where the scar is ,and still in some slight pain ,I will give it a couple .more weeks if no better I will have to go to docs to be checked out

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      Joe 3 years ago

      open mesh right inguinal surgery 2 days ago, i feel blessed that my privates did not swell. Definitely hurts like hell and still waiting for the first BM, stopped taking pain meds yesterday because i'd rather be in pain than constipated. Each day has gotten less painful, I can almost stand up straight today. have quite a crease and bulge under the surgical tape. Lots of ice and arnica seem to help, less swelling = less pain moving around.

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      Jon 3 years ago

      I am 37, 127lbs and 5'6. No other underlying medical conditions.

      Little short of two weeks ago I had a right sided inguinal open surgery with mesh. 2 hrs after waking up I was able to get out of the hospital bed, go to the toilet and by 3 I could get dressed and walk to the car to go home. I was still obviously recovering from the anaesthetic, and was probably a 7 out of 10 on the pain scale. Walking up the stairs at that evening at home slowly and one step at a time wasn't too much trouble, neither was getting out of bed in the morning although I made sure I planted my left foot first so that took all my weight.

      I was given Co-codomal & Ibuprofen for pain relief but stopped the C0codomal after day 2 as that does nothing to aid your constipation and stopped the Ibuprofen after 5 as was no longer needed. I only took these to aid mobility as the only pain was when I attempted to walk.

      Post Op day 12 and the wound appears to be fine, although the dissolvable stitches haven't yet fallen off. There is some bruising and swelling but I am taking this as normal and that it will eventually dispurse given enough time. It doesn't hurt or feel tender when touched.

      I do feel a slight twinge sometimes but also think this is no more than the stitches pulling against the skin as they start to fall out. I also keep wanting to scratch an itch, but as they shaved the groin pre surgery then this is just the stubble trying to grow back in that area. The same thing happens to me whenever I grow or shave facial hair.

      Some tips:

      1) Eat plenty of fibre, fruit, vegetables, nuts and pulses. They will help, but not stop constipation.

      2) Gents, make sure you wear briefs or boxer briefs. Do not let your testicles dangle - they need to be supported!!

      3) Walk and move about, even if for the first couple of days it is only round the house.

      4) Have faith in God and pray that he will help you through the post operation pain, stresses and trauma.

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      TR 3 years ago

      I had open no mesh hernia surg yest. Terrible pain, can't walk, this is bad. They gave me Percocet. It's helping a little. I will post an update in a few days. The pain is much worse than after a bowel resection 10/10 for colon cancer.

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      Humly 3 years ago

      My teenage daughter has just had right sided inguinal hernia surgery. We are now on day 5 and I am worried that she is still in pain as I was told that she would be up and about in a few days. She has pain in the area of the cut and at the top of her leg, worse when moving around so obviously she is reluctant to move which I know is a bad thing but you try telling a stroppy teenager that! She says the pain is not getting any better and seems worse than when she came out of hospital but that could have been because of the residual pain meds given there. I am wondering if they maybe irritated the nerve during surgery and whether things will settle down. I know it is early days yet but I am starting to panic a bit and would appreciate some advice.

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      Philip 3 years ago

      Right sided-inguinal repair done 4 days ago. The procedure went well and I was moved to the chair as soon as my eyes opened. They made me go pee and I did not notice anything painful-I was still doped up. Getting home, I kept thinking of Mel Gibson in the movie Braveheart where they were carving him up! The pain became unbearable. Couldn't stand, sit, or use the toilet. Some of the comments above are dead on concerning pain! it is not worth it. Had I known the outcome I would have rented a hernia first before getting one for real; little humor there. I am in excruciating pain...

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      Ron 3 years ago

      just had groin hernia repair.. open surgery and also umbilical hernia AND gall bladder removed at same time... yup..all at once out patient..

      had both hernia done in groin abt 10 yr ago.

      i learned the first time from the excruciating pain that i could get more help this round.... i had a consult with anaesthethyst.... and doc was also aware of my previous pain level..

      they hit me with major post op iv pain meds... and that meant i stayed in recovery longer... Do This if you can.. i was pain free in recovery after they gave me enough meds..

      second best piece of advice...once you go home.. take 2 percs every 6 hrs... especially important day one..and day 2 i learned that adding ibuprofin at half time is like magic

      for pain relief.. adding the ibuprofin works so well its almost unbelievable..

      i hate meds.. but i listened this time... and it payed off!!

      i hate being down and doing nothin..but i plan to lay low 6-10 weeks... dont want a repeat op... hope this helps

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      Hernia Painer 3 years ago

      Been 2 weeks since my Inguinal Hernia surgery on my right side, first two days were HORRIBLE excruciating pain somewhat subsided by the Oxy. Getting up, sitting, and just moving in general were painful. Twisting my leg in weird ways just to be able to get up, walking hunched over and grabbing everything in sight to sit down. Drank LOTS of water, ate TINY portions of food and liquid food (I.E. Smoothies), and downed some Miralax to be able to use the bathroom. After one week pain had subsided greatly, still took medication as it hurt to move around. Burning and sometimes stabbing pain was present as well as some inner thigh pain. After two weeks I am able to walk around with considerably less pain and discomfort, though standing straight up causes a pulling feeling in the incision site. Burning comes and goes, painful but tolerable. Taking medication as needed, no longer every 6 hours. Lump can be seen around the incision site, underneath skin is pulled inward slightly. Healing very well with some scattered pain, with the constant pain of the hernia, the operation is well worth scheduling.

      Happy Hernia Healing!

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      Martin Lappin 3 years ago

      I had double hernia done 3 days ago (keyhole surgery) After reading some of these comments I think I've been very lucky. It is painful post operation but it does subside within 3 days. I'm not going to be running a half marathon this month but hope to be up on my feet within a week or two. Think my best advice is keep the medication down and only eat/drink /veg/fruit soup etc as going the loo for a number 2 can be tricky post operation. Good luck

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      A.davies 3 years ago

      Hi, I'm a 24 year old female, had open inguinal repair with mesh 8 months ago. Recovery was horrific. Was feeling great for a while, however, the past 4-6 weeks iv had 'pulling' pain where I had the surgery done. The pain isn't on the scar, it's inside. It's been getting to a point where when I have the pain I can't stand up straight. Back taking strong meds :-( going back to see surgeon end of this month. Anyone else had this problem and can maybe shed some light on what it is?

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      Holly123 3 years ago

      It's been 48 hrs since surgery and the pain is pretty much gone. A tiny bit of burning in my groin/ incision. I figured I would update with positive feedback. I was able to take ibuprofen today. I have not needed the oxycodone at all. The ibuprofen helped with my sore muscles. My surgeon assured me I would be down for at least two weeks. It's been two days and I'm pretty much fine.He will not allow me to drive for a week. I personally find this more inconvenient than the surgery. Again, Best to all!

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      Holly321 3 years ago

      I had my second inguinal surgery, yesterday. They both were on the left side. My first at age 5 and second age 38. I had no idea it could come back. The pain from the incision is manageable and walking around seems easier than I remember at age 5. I am not overweight and have not lifted anything heavy . Maybe I coughed one too many times ? I would recommend eating only soup for the first day.. I was really nauseous and no diet was mentioned ( holding your groin sick was awful). It is a challenge to sit up or Iie down . I do have to hold my groin while walking, coughing or laughing. The worst pain I'm experiencing is a burning sensation from my left hip into my foot. I did have a mesh put in this time. I'm hoping the burning is from the way I was positioned on the table during surgery. I've been sleeping on my side with a pillow between my legs or on my back with my feet elevated. I think "us" girls have an advantage there. Best of luck to all!

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      ralfy 3 years ago

      Had inguinal hernia on right side 5months ago and feel some discomfort near my scar and hurts if I touch it is it normal?

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      Martin C 3 years ago

      Hi I had a right inguinal hernia on the 12th nov 13 with mesh repair , it ended up being a triple hernia, all done while I was awake , which I felt being cut & stitched up , my question is is it normal to have very bad burning sensation around my scar 12 days later ? It's not to bad when I'm sitting down but when I stand ohh my god it burns like hell

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      Mrs.long legs 3 years ago

      I had rt inguinal hernia repair on nov13th.. The procedure went well and all but the pain is a killer. Thank God for Family that comes when u call.

      I had hysterctomy in aug 2011 that I believe weakened my abdominal wall. The pain in rt side alerted to me keep loking then finally saw lump that did go in at push of it. The post pain has been uncomfortable and yes I ues my narcotics upon resting. sharp pains in rt thigh and pain in right side also but yes paranoid of hernia returning.. will not lift or pull anything yet .. More females need to share.. It helps others.. Rest and let your body heal thats my advice.. one body..

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      scott 3 years ago

      2 days ago I had laparoscopic repairs on 2 inguinal hernias and an open surgery on an epigastric hernia. All 3 were gaused.

      the epigastric was a recurrence and the recovery from the 1st was painful, but I can honestly say the recovery so far has the worst experience of my life. As an ex thaiboxer and competitive sportsman I have experienced a fair amount of pain, but I feel like I have had somebody attacking my balls with a mallet for tue last week. Going for a wee changes the pressure in your abdomen and causes excruciating pain in the groin.

      Its a shame there is no option apart from surgery as its a truely unpleasant experience.

      I can still feel a lump that feels lile the left inguinal hernia, but the surgeon has assured me that it is normal to still feel it until recovered

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      jim 3 years ago

      had a double bi lateral hernia surgery Tuesday November 12 , 2013 the first day i could stand walk around with out pain, Wednesday 13 all the swelling pain came forth, my testicles have swollen up to the size of a baseball, my left one hurts so bad, and still no bowel movement today is Thursday 14 , trying to get up from a chair or couch, or your bed is horrible, ( i need one of those lift a chairs) but the pain is doable. Once you get up, trying to stand totally up straight is very Difficult . it just takes time, once I stand up Completely i'm in pain still but its doable the only thing i fearing is the bowel movement .cause i may have to STRAIN . And I was told by the doctor not to strain when i'm having a bowel movement, get up a walk around it does HELP A LOT.

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      Louis 3 years ago

      Had my r inguinal surgery 1 week ago, doing better but still painful, all these posts are great, i havent laughed so much in years cause unless u have it its hard to tell others how u really feel

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      James 3 years ago

      I had open femoral hernia surgery 3 weeks ago. The first day after was awful. I didn't want to move, peed bottles. Day two was significantly better, I forced my self to go on a fort walk, walking helps blood flow and healing. Pain got progressively better each day but the area was still kind of numb, until this morning. I woke up and noticed the numbness gone but also noticed a strange burning pain similar to the pain I was in before surgery. Just hoping everything is fine and this is normal

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      Darren 3 years ago

      I got left side Inguinal Hernia repaired with open surgery and mesh. The first 2 days I had some pain. Now on day 5 and most of the pain is now gone. But I need to pee like every 30minutes.

      Has anyone else experienced this after surgery?

      If,yes did it pass over time?

      Thanks

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      Angela S 3 years ago

      Or alittle discomfort but nothing that ive had to tske the narcs for yet. Im hopung if i wake uo feeling like this tomorrow i wont even need the norcos they gave me and that tylenol would.work just fine :) i also have little.to no swelling at the site and its just barely bruised at the incision. So far i can ealk aroubd with alittle discomfort when getting up and down but movibg slowly i am.fine. Deffinately feels good to look.down and not see a.small lump! Just alittle paranoid and hope it never comes bacj! Which is only a.10% chance anyways. Well there you go. So far so good. And pretty satusfyed. Deffinately nit.like.what all the other.posts are saying abt pain so far.:) was super scared but.either i got really.lucky l, had a good.surgeon or both :) ill post.later or.tomorrow if the pain gets.bad. If nor then assune.all.went well. Good Luck :)

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      Angela S 3 years ago

      Had the Right Ingunal Hernia Repair Done. No Mesh Was Needed.The size of the hernia hole was about the size.of a.dime.the surgeon had said. And that it was present since.birth. And that when i was a baby a small piece of intestine mush have gotten caught in the hole not allowing the stomache wall to completely close. It is now abt 6:30 PM. Still not alot of pain. Havent had to take.any meds yet. They did say they.gave me sone type of pain meds after the surgery and i dont know.if the meds.have fully worn off yet. In hoping the pain.level which feels like just alittle.pressure or

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      Angela S 3 years ago

      So Its Day 1. Had Surgery At Abt 9:20AM. I was super scared.. They gave me.a versitile "cocktail" to calm my nerves. Rolled.me into the operating.room gave ne the Propofol and I was out.. Not even remembering i fell asleep next thing you know i wake up in recovery . Everything went well. The only thing i had was when i stood up or moved around i had nausea after for about 4 hours from the anastesia. Had them.give.me.two doses of Zofran and i was.out by 12:45pm and on my way home.

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      Angela S 3 years ago

      Also id like to add since their arent as many females.with Ingunal.Hernias. That apparently i was born with a weak spot or hernia.They said more common to happen to people who were born premature. Which i was about 9 weeks early. The hernia wasnt really detected until more recently when working out at the gym more and afyer feeling pain at the site of the hernia (my right side) after running for 6 miles. Ingunal hernias are harder to diagnose in women apparently. Ahh well wish me.luck tomorrow. If anyone has any suggestions on what will help recover faster or help with the pain, please let me know. Im such a baby when it comes to pain as it is.. Little lone reading all your horrifying stories :/ Thank You

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      Angela S 3 years ago

      Omg! I am literally in tears after reading all the reviews. I añ a 25 year old female.. Never had any surgeries and after reading all this.. I really hope its not as bad as everyones saying! Im scheduled for surgery tomorrow morning and am scared shitless now! I will let everyone know how it went after. :(

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      Jonnyd 3 years ago

      Just thought I'd add-- after 36 hours I feel little pain, just taking some advil. Walked about 8000 steps the last two days. Finally went to bathroom.... all is good for me right now.

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      Jonnyd 3 years ago

      I had my first surgery ever 48 hours ago, laproscopic and apparently had both a direct and indirect hernia. I have taken a couple Percocet per day, and advil, haven't had a BM yet but otherwise am on the laptop and walking around the house. It hurts when I cough and when I stand, but I'm moving. No nightmares yet like many of the posts on the forum. I was walking around same day, thankfully.

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      Fish plaps 3 years ago

      Had both hernias repaired ( one on each side of my groin) 4 days on I am still in as much pain as I was when I woke up from the surgery. Trying to get out of bed is like being a turtle on its back. I cant believe how sore my tummy muscles are. I feel like I have done 200 sit ups. i have constant pain even when lying down my incisions hurt like hell. And had to get movicol from the doctor yesterday to try help me do an number two still waiting for that to kick in. Yup got the sharp stinging pain that takes your breath away when I try to stand up and walk. Its all pretty depressing and nothing could have set me up for the pain.

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      Nickie 3 years ago

      I had hernia repair with a mesh two months ago. I was ok but for the past few days I have been having bubbling gas pain in the area. Can someone please share similarexperience.

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      Nickie 3 years ago

      I had hernia repair with a mesh two months ago. I was ok but for the past few days I have been having bubbling gas pain in the area. Can someone please share similarexperience.

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      Angie 3 years ago

      OMGosh this is the worse pain I have every felt. I had a hysterectomy 8/15/13 where they found bilateral inguinal hernias. I had lap hernia repair w/ mesh on 9/25/13. 4 days out and it hurts to move. I have been moving to the bathroom w/ stair trips 2 x a day (getting kids to school) but am still very nauseous and sore :( I feel the need to go to the bathroom but nothing happens bowel wise and I am NOT pushing anything!!! send hubs for some prunes and spinach so we will see how that goes. After the hysterectomy I was up and about 3 days after surgery with no major or minor problems, sent my mother home, who was helping me...and man do I want her back (that should speak VOLUMES on how bad this pain is!!! )

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      Chris 4 years ago

      Hey everyone,

      Sorry to read all of these posts AFTER choosing surgery, but hopefully everything will work out. I wasn't really even having pain, just went in for a checkup, and knew that insurance might be changing soon, so was recommended to have the surgery. My right side was medium and left side was small.

      I am on day 13 after having bilateral inguinal laparoscopy. I feel like I've taken some steps backward. The first day was nausea, throwing up, from the hydrocodone and 12 intense hours trying to urinate. After day 1, I just took ibuprofen and Tylenol, with pain but not unbearable.

      The second day was an intense 12 hours trying to have a BM. I am glad I did that by day 2 btw, heard stories of problems waiting any longer, but I had to take miralax and a suppository.

      By day 3, I was moving about well, just painful mostly from changing position. I didn't have any swelling, lumps, or bruising anywhere. I was walking around slowly every few hours.

      Day 7, I went back to work, but had a severe panic attack or some kind of episode where I couldn't breathe well, and got very dizzy, after eating lunch. Day 8, at post op, the surgeon tried to convince me it was from the remains of the anesthesia. I figured blood clots. 3 more days and 3 less severe but similar episodes followed by an intense episode of dizziness sent me to the ER on day 11. They did a chest CT and found no clots, but the dr said they could have been really small but big enough to cause loss of breath.

      I also started to notice that the spot I was having burning pain in seemed to be getting worse each morning instead of better after about day 8. Since day 1, my waste on right side just below my stomach can burn intensely, or feels like ripping, when I twist too fast, get up too fast, or even just brush my finger across the area lightly over the skin, leading me to believe it is a nerve thing. Some days went by, and this area didn't hurt at all, other days it hurt all day long. Then again, it hurts when I cough or use the bathroom.

      Finally, after visiting the ER, I started taking aspirin daily, and I've had no episodes since (2 days now), but intense nausea. I also had leg pain in my thigh that was starting to form that subsided since taking the aspirin. I am entirely convinced I am having clots.

      I had the mesh as well. Hoping this will resolve by week 3...but I do understand the entire healing process takes over a year. Frustrating, because now I question whether I should have even done this!

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      Stuartb260599 4 years ago

      I had bi-lateral inguinal hernia surgery 3 weeks ago. Walking much better but still mild pain. 4 or 5 days after the operation I some how managed to slip coming down the carpeted stairs, did not go head over heels, legs were in front of me and backside bounced off couple of steps, slipped down 4 or 5 steps. Didn't think much of it at the time Now wondering if I caused any damage or if hernia reoccured. Anyone???

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      Judy 4 years ago

      Having rt. inguinal surgery tomorrow.....

      75yr.old healthy female....

      Before I read comments, I was not worried about surgery or pain.

      Now I am concerned.....But needs to be repaired so I guess will just hope for the best.....

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      Judy 4 years ago

      I had inguinal hernia about 5 years ago, and had to surgically remove it.

      The pain was horrible. I was afraid to sneeze because the pain was extreme the first few days. After the 5th day, I went back to school and went on to my everyday life. It has been many years that I had my surgery, but I still feel the mesh very uncomfortable and hot. I know a mesh inside my body is not suppose to feel very normal, but this hot sensation and mild pain worries me. The doctor told me that the mesh was for life, but I was able to take it out whenever I wanted to through surgery of course. Is that pain and hot sensation common? Which type of doctor can really help me? Are there any specific tests or post surgery check ups that I could take? Please advise.

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      rob 4 years ago

      So my question: is this normal and how long b4 it goes away. I have no b/blue testicles, slight swelling at opsite, no other pain other than sharp stabbing pain from my left nut. Takes my breath away n makes me yell out.

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      rob 4 years ago

      I have burning sensation in left testicle after open ligunial hernia poat op. Its been 4days. I pray it goes away. I'm off work as a PT n need 2 b able 2 lift beyond 50lbs

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      Tim 4 years ago

      On day 6 after laproscopic bi-lateral inguinal hernia repair. It hurts, yes, but is bearable and very worth it. My doctor gave me some awesome advice: buy 3 or 4 pairs of under armour (or other compression shorts) and wear them all the time for 4-6 weeks. For me, the only time I'm in any real pain is when I don't have them on, like in the shower.

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      Been_There_Done_That_Twice 4 years ago

      I am 59 and had inguinal hernia repair done on both sides (once each) during the course of six months of 2012. Both were non-laporoscopic. No major problems so far, and I was away from work for 2 weeks each time. I was scared the first time around because I had black and blue and swollen testicles the first time, the third night . It was most alarming but what was galling was that the (on-call) surgeon did not think it was anything to worry about! Luckily I found this site and was re-assured. I lay down on the recliner or bed too much the first time, though. Should have been on my feet most of the time, like the surgeon said. So, the second time I stayed on my feet a lot by taking up a new hobby - cooking. The recovery was much better. Also, the testicles were pretty normal the second time. I did not use anything beyond strong doses of Advil (4 caplets = 800 mg at a time) because I dislike the after effects of narcotics. But the Advil was enough to deal with the pain. So, good luck to all who are contemplating this; hope this helps.

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      Joe 4 years ago

      Am worried I have a hernia so I'm going in soon to have it checked out. The comments on here have made me feel better about the whole thing so I wanted to leave a comment. Will let you know how it goes.

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      Anthony Binks 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Oh christ, that sounds real bad.

      I hope they sort it out for you with as little pain as possible.

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      Robby 4 years ago

      Well after 2 more visits he seems to think that I may have damaged the muscle that he stitched the mesh to. I have one more week of "taking it easy" and will return. If the pain is still there he will schedule a surgery to see what's going on. I'm so excited about that possibility I could just chew nails right now.

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      Robby 4 years ago

      Hey guys. Been trying to find some info regarding my latest post-op pain. I'm almost at 5 mths post-op and I went back to my dr yesterday due to a stinging pain just above my incision on one side. Hurts like hell. He told me everything is in place and that its just strained. Gave me a muscle relaxer for a week and told me to ice it down. Has anyone else experienced this type of pain so long after their surgery and if so what did you do to fix it?

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      Bruce 4 years ago

      guys im in 5 weeks now after sugery...feeling some numbness near in my scar it is normal??? if i touch it ..it hurts a little bit

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      Brad 4 years ago

      Had right inguinal hernia repair almost 2 months ago. I had my hernia for 6 years. I was never so ready to have surgery in my life. Boy how I was wrong to wish for it. The first week was hell! Never felt more helpless in my life, big thanks to my wife for everything! Pain eventually subsided, went back to work about a week and a half later, been getting better and better since. However, I have a small grape sized lump in my scrotum above my right testicle. Not really painful but definitely know its there. I have read some things on it and it sounds like it will go away after time but anyone know what this is and have a little more info to offer me to possibly help ease my mind?

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      SteveQld 4 years ago

      Hi I had my surgery only 3 days ago and I thought I better add a good news story as well, mine was done laparoscopically with mesh and it is great. Sure it hurts a bit after the operation but the pain was well controlled with ibuprofen and indocide I don't even have to worry about the dressings for 7 days as they used waterproof and I just take them off then no stiches either. I am no longer using any pain medication and walking ok, not running of course but can drive. It's a bit painful getting up or down but sitting, standing or lying down are fine, sure I know something has been done to my body but I think it will all be good in a few days. I could have gone to work 2 days after but I will go back on Monday 5 days after the op. The only issue I had was passing out after the operation a couple of times but that is normal for me as I am phobic about doctors and hospitals etc. My surgeon specialises in this process and does 5 or 6 every Wednesday so I guess he's had lots of pratice. In fact we just had a bit tropical storm here and I had to run around closing up the house upstairs and down and no problems, just running a bit hunched and a bit of brusing on the top of my testicals and bottom of my penis. All good so far and I hope op will be a success long term because I have had the pain for a few years and didn't do anything about it.

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      Anthony Binks 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      I wouldn't say it was ever excruciating. At the worst it was sore...

      No black and blue testicals either but my penis was bruised at the bottom of the shaft and there was mild pain in my testicals. I am going to try a bit of light swimming tomorrow and will let you know how it goes.

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      david 4 years ago

      Was the pain ever excruciating? Also, did you ever have the " black and blue" testicals that everyone on here has had? I am glad you are doing well !! Please continue to keep us updated.

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      Anthony Binks 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      3 and half weeks in David and I have to admit it wasn't too bad.

      I was a bit swore for a few days after it and in reality the worst was over after the first day, Doc told me that I wasn't to lift anything for at least four weeks and I should be 90% healed by the sixth week.

      I had open surgery and the scar isn't too bad but I have keloid which means it will protude out a bit.

      I have to say the worst part for me is not being able to do some sort of exercise, I like to be very active and finding not being able to go to the gym, out for a run or mountain biking to be the hardest part.

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      david 4 years ago

      Anthony - how are you doing?

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      Anthony Binks 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Not sure David, I think it is open but will come back once I have it done and let you kow how I am getting on.

      To tell you the truth, the bulge is getting bigger and I can constantly feel it pushing out when I cough or sneeze so I will be glad to see it fixed.

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      David 4 years ago

      After any surgery you will experience some type of pain. Remember the majority of the people who have this surgery will go on to be fine. Make sure you have an experienced surgeon and you should be fine. Please keep us updated as to how you are doing. Are you having open or lap?

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      Anthony Binks 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Oh brilliant.

      I am due in for my inguinal hernia surgery in two weeks but am regretting it after reading all you comments.

      Hopefully I will be one of the lucky ones that won't have much pain....

      I have already had a Vescotemy and it wasn't too bad so I am hoping this will be similar but I have a bad feeling it won't.

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      Mark 4 years ago

      Had mesh installed 5 days ago done in miami at a hernia specialist

      The procedure itself was great I think the key is pain meds and useing

      As needed for a few days, get up a few times a day light walks etc etc,

      I still have discomfort around scar area and sharp pains once in a while

      And I will discuss with my doctor but I lived With a huge bilge for 3 years and glad I went through it.. If anyone knows what the sharp pain with a burn is at the scar area let me know , Good luck..

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      grusilag 4 years ago

      I posted a little over 6 weeks ago about the results of my TEP lap surgery (right inguinal hernia only). Wanted to give some updates. To keep it brief I was on pain killers for about 3-4 days. Most of it was spent in bed with some short walks here and there. It was definitely painful but the pain decreased with each day. I was also constipated.. didn't have a motion until day 4 and constipation continued until day 6 or so. After that it wasn't too bad. I avoided pushing at all costs and that helped.

      After reading so many reviews about quick recoveries I thought I should attempt to go to work on day 5 (I have a desk job). That was a mistake. I was clearly not ready. The usual 5 min walk from the parking garage to the office took nearly 20 min. Normal bumps and shakes in the car really hurt. About 2 hours after being at work I really wanted to go home. I spent the rest of the week working from home, getting better each day. The real breakthrough came on day 12. I was able to start walking far distances - over 45 min walks each day.

      About 5 weeks later I was cleared for all physical activity. The surgeon warned me that I may still feel a bit sore depending on what I do. I currently go on light jogs and do some light stretching. I have not really done any weight lifting though I plan on starting. I have only one visible scar just under my belly button - about half an inch long. The other scar has healed completely and cannot be seen at all.

      One thing I will say in favor of TEP lap surgery - I had no swollen testicles and really only minimal swelling in the lower abdominal area. I don't know if this is because of the difference in surgical method or simply a peculiarity of my own situation but thought I'd share.

      My one complaint is this - I still have some pain/discomfort near the top of my hip bone... far away from where my hernia was. I asked the surgeon what this could be and he explained that the mesh goes all the way up and to the side to my right hip bone. This soreness (it almost feels like I walked too close to a door and the doorknob accidentally hit my hip bone as I was walking by) comes and goes. Its really not a big deal but I am hoping to be completely pain free at some point. I'll keep increasing the physical activity and hope that this soreness goes away completely.

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      worldateam123 5 years ago

      @Robby.

      It's normal for areas near your groin to be numb..Just down to nerve damage during the op..I had it, and still do even after more than a years lapse..Although it's now negligible.

      I am not a doctor or nurse, just a person who has had a hernia op, like the rest on this thread.

      Goes without saying, that any extreme pain or excessive numbness, go to your docs.

      Personally you are just experiencing the same symptoms as i did.

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      Robby 5 years ago

      It's day 16 for me and all is better. My testicles are still a little enlarged but there is no pain there anymore so yay for me. I did discover today that the crease where my leg meets my groin is still a little numb. Has anyone else experienced this? I haven't read anything about this being normal. Just curious to know when to expect the feeling to come back.

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      Robby 5 years ago

      @ Ben

      Well it's been a week now so if you still have pain then I would definitely call your doctor tomorrow.

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      david 5 years ago

      3 days after lap you shouldn't be feeling severe pain. Maybe the first day but certainly not after 3 days. I agree in calling the doctor. Please keep us updated.

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      worldateam123 5 years ago

      @ben

      Three days ain't long..If painkiller are not working..Phone doctors for some that are stronger. Not long before the pain starts to fade..first three days are the worst. Gets better slowly, but surely.

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      ben 5 years ago

      I had my lap op and if i may sy f#&% it hurts im day 3 and ppppain kille arein

      t workinl

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      Robby 5 years ago

      @ Ben. I agree with not waiting. I noticed the bump on Tuesday and had my surgery Friday. It is now 7 days later and I am 1000 times better. I still have a little pain but nothing compared to the first few days. It is gonna hurt afterwards, that's a guarantee. It's just a few days though. As long as you have someone that will help you while you are home with getting out of bed and other things it's that much easier. I had a great surgeon so maybe that's why I'm feeling better so quickly. My wife has babied the shit out of me and that was a plus too. Bottom line is don't wait.

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      Ernest 5 years ago

      Ben..As Muses says, get the op over and done with..i just had a lump, I left it and it dropped into me testicles..Making the op that bit bigger..It could have strangulated, but i understand this is not the norm..It's an emergency if it does.

      The pain is real,,but look it's only when moving..Standing is hard for the 1st three days, by then the worsts is over and I take painkillers for another complaint, so that never was a problem..when not moving, I found it easy and pain free to get in a comfy almost pain free position. I never had blue or swollen testicles, but it seems some have. My pain was in the groin only, we are all different..But tell you what..I am typing now with no hernia, pain free..In a month or so, you will wonder what the fuss was about.

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      Jonathan Musere 5 years ago from West Los Angeles, California

      Ben, go ahead and get the surgery. It is said that hernias get worse over time. Also, every hernia has it's characteristics. Some or mild, some are in-between, some are extreme emergency cases. Mine was not an emergency case, but it became more irritating over time. Well, after getting cut expect some pain during the first couple of days to a week. But the painkillers help. I was on hydrocodone, but I stopped taking it less than a week aftr the surgery. Yes, as this forum shows, some hernia repairs were much less tolerable than others.

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      david 5 years ago

      Ben - are you having lap or open?

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      ben 5 years ago

      Hey im gettibg a hernia repaired and im worried about the pain after my cousin said it dnt hurt abd he was fine after surgery but reading all theses makes me want to cancell surgery it sounds horrible after surgery and i have to use my abs to get up and down and i dont like the idea of my balld being sore and swallen and blue

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      Jonathan Musere 5 years ago from West Los Angeles, California

      Open vs. laparoscopic? With me tehre was no debate about that when they gave me the surgery appointment. All I wanted was a competent specialist to heal me. At the pre-op appointment, the surgeon said they would apply the mesh. Maybe only open inguinals are done at Kaiser Permanente in West Los Angeles. But in retrospect, about 10 years ago an appendectomy was performed on me--and that was laparoscopic. Comparatively, at least in my case, the appendix cuts heal quite faster than the inguinal surgery. As for the inguinal, it is now 7 days since I had it; and the pain eases down as the days go by. But I know that with such cuts and procedures, scar tissue heals only gradually; and the surgeons discourage strenuous and heavy-lifting activity for at least 4-6 weeks. I plan to walk six miles, this evening. Seems that being moderately active and eating nutritious foods speeds up the healing process.

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      Ernest 5 years ago

      @David - Robby was not given a choice, and neither was I. Like I have said I am not a doctor, but I do know that if you have open, they can spot other problems just like they can with a Lap..Also with a lap they are cramped for room, with open everything is there before the doctors..Both Robby and i are sine of open, lots of people who have had Laps have complained the most on nets sites like this...I watches a u tube on both procedures, and that made me glad I was give pen without choice.Just my opinion David, fact is though apart from first week..Pain was not that bad. @ Robby..I agree with your reasons, and glad you are fine,,

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      David 5 years ago

      I was also told to look at it like patching a leak. It's better to patch from inside rather than the outside so the pressure of the water holds the patch in place. Just a different perspective.

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      David 5 years ago

      Robby - I am surprised about your surgeon recommending open vs lap. With lap they can look for other hernia and repair with one inscision rather than 2 separate. Also almost everywhere I look on the Internet says there is considerable less risk of complications with lap vs open. I am glad yours went well.

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      Robby 5 years ago

      Sorry Ernest. I replied yesterday but it didn't post. I would do the open surgery again. The idea of them blowing my insides up does not sound appealing. I mostly just went with what my wife recommended. She said she felt the open would be better so that's the route I took.

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      Ernest 5 years ago

      @Robby. Given a choice now..Would you still have open surgery?..I did and reading on the Internet open groin hernia surgery although painful at first, seems to have less complications.

      I am not a doctor or a nurse..But IMO with open surgery the surgeon has more room to work..I also was not given a choice, glad I was not as I am satisfied with my op.

      The worst pain in the first day or so is standing up straight..Not possible IMO as the pain is so burning, does not last many days though. After 13 0r 14 months I get a small amount of numb pain...Does not bother me as it is only damaged nerve pain. I still take care lifting, I don't carry weights that two should carry..I get a lift..

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      Robby 5 years ago

      By the way, thank you for your concern.

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      Robby 5 years ago

      David- This was my first surgery and first time in a hospital for any procedure. I would say pain is a 3 walking around. 10 when I have to get out of bed. I don't consider myself to be a hardass, pain-taking, SOB so it may be closer to a 7 for others.

      There wasn't any particular reason I didn't do lap, just the fact the Dr. didn't offer it. We had discussed it but the main difference in recovery time wasn't even brought up. My wife had described the difference in the 2 procedures but has no knowledge of post-op differences.

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      David 5 years ago

      Robby - please keep us updated on how your doing. On a 1-10 pain scale what would you say the most pain you have been. I am suppose to get lap tep 1 hernia on each side. Is there a reason why you didn't get lap. Get well soon!

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      Robby 5 years ago

      32 year old male. Had bilateral open inguinal surgery with mesh Friday morning. It is now 6:30 AM Sunday morning and I have just finished reading every post on this site as I have been walking laps around my kitchen island since waking up in tears at 4:30 to use the restroom (#1 of course). I want to thank everyone for sharing their experiences as it has made the last 2 hours pass by but also make it comforting to know there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel.

      I have experienced all the same symptoms as most of you; swollen/discolored testicles, severe abdomen pain(especially when getting out of bed in the AM), and incision pain. I only remember one post talking about the pain balls. I was equipped with a man-purse(aka satchel) carrying 72 hours of numbing meds for my incisions. They will be pulled from my body on Monday AM by my very loving wife.

      Oh btw…my wife is a CRNA, so that has been a blessing due to the fact she has been involved many times with this type of surgery and handpicked my surgeon. Although I'm only 2 days in the pain seems to only subside as I walk. I am very worried about the size/discoloring of my testies, but after reading everything I have been comforted, and for that I thank you all. I feel I have been rambling but it has been very therapeutic to walk in circles and type about my experience. Thanks for the open forum. I will update in a few days. Thank you.

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      Jonathan Musere 5 years ago from West Los Angeles, California

      The first three days after the surgery are the most challenging. I had to crawl out of bed and walk slowly with those sharp pains where the incision was made. The pain then gradually subsides over the days. I gt the surgery 5 days ago; and today I walked six miles and I did not any of the prescribed hydrocodone/ acetaminophen. The pain is subsiding, the bandages are still there. I wonder when they should be removed. I am scheduled to see the surgeon again (post-op) in two weeks time. But before that I will likely visit the surgery section to see about the bandage getting removed. But it is water-proofed, so I can shower as usual.

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      worldateam123 5 years ago

      @jay - I had all this 14 months ago..Yes standing up is so hard, that brings the pulling pains,,If you wanna use the toilet, make sure you have got a suitable laxative from your doctor..They know the best laxative for you..Help your doctor and eat high fibre foods..Don't know why you can't pee...If it's the pain you are bothered about, then peeing is not that bad. If you just can't pee. Contact your doctor..The pain is at it;s worst in the 1st three says, it hurts after all you have been cut..The pain does not last that long, getting better with every day after the first week, I had open surgery and after reading this thread, I am glad I did..

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      david 5 years ago

      Jay- did you have open or lap?

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      Jay 5 years ago

      I just had a herni operation on Wednesday. This is my second one I had in my life, i had one about 15 to 20 years ago. The operation went well but what comes after is not pleasant. The pain comes and goes, I can hardly move or walk, getting up out of a chair is close to impossible because you don't even realize that you use your stomach muscles to get out of a chair until you have an operation like this. I have to pee but can't and when I finally do it will start and stop and come out very slow just a bit faster than a trickle and it will almost spray out in different directions. even though I have eaten a lot since I got home I can not poop, I feel like I have to a few times but I sat there for so long my legs fell a sleep. Woke up this morning and had to take a wicked pee and when I stood there nothing came out. Still feel like I gotta poop and pee but I am scared to get up because of the pain I might cause myself. If your one of those guys that goes by the rule "No pain no gain" Ha-Ha-Ha. you will have a different opinion when or if this ever happens to you.

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      David 5 years ago

      How many hernias did you have. Please continue to post updates. On a Scale from 1-10 10 being the worst what would you say the worst pain felt so far is? Thank you and feel better!!

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      grusilag 5 years ago

      Wanted to share my experience so folks could get as many viewpoints as possible. I had TEP laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery with mesh yesterday (Aug 16th). TEP seems to be the currently favored way of doing laparoscopic surgery. I spoke to my doctor about possible complications and especially the chronic pain that a large percentage of people feel after hernia repair. He told me that he had not encountered those issues with his patients and that the high percentage numbers reflected open surgery rather than TEP. Anyway, he made me feel confident enough to go through with it.

      I was out of the hospital in about 4 hrs. I had no problems peeing which is what they want you to do before discharging you. Came home and the hardest part was dealing with the after effects of general anesthesia. Felt groggy and nauseated which made it hard to eat and stand and I felt extremely weak and exhausted. Each walk to the bathroom completely winded me and made me dizzy and I felt like vomiting. But the good part is, while the anasthesia is still in you, the abdominal pain is fairly minimal. I didn't even take the prescribed pain killers yesterday.

      Today, day 2, is a different story. Around 5 am the anasthesia had completely left my body - I know this because I was woken up by the pain in my abdomen. Good news is that the nausea is gone and my hunger came back. Ate a full breakfast which strengthened me. But the pain is pretty bad. Had to start taking the pain killers (Hydrocodon). Its totally bearable while I'm lying down or reclining but the problem is that you need to walk fairly often and slowly ramp up the activity. Right now even a short walk to the bathroom is so painful that I start sweating and feeling feverish. I think I'll take much shorter walks but more often and see how that goes.

      More updates to come.

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      Ernie 5 years ago

      I had an open inguinal hernia with strangulation of the left testicle and the testicle had to be removed. It is now 8 days since the operation, and all in all it could be much worse. My problem was I had an infection in the scrotum area before the surgery , that was unknown to myself or the doctor, but since it was an emergency the doctor did what he had to do. On the third day after surgery I started to pee blood. Lots of blood! I am still passing a little blood and it's starting to freak me out! I am on antibiotics and the doctor says to stay on the for two weeks and he will then test my urine. Has any one else had this problem? I 63 years old and don't need any more surgerys, I've already had my share.

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      Karl 5 years ago

      Thanks for the feedback Jim. Still early days but the burning seems to be happening less frequent, but still at times just as severe. Just getting a little more comfortable on my feet. Struggling to believe that my surgeon believes I should be fit to return to heavy duty lifting/twisting/digging work within 4weeks??? I'm thinking I'm gonna need to challenge my Doc for some more time to heal.

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      Kathy22 5 years ago from Australia

      Update . Seven weeks post-op now after open mesh inguinal repair. Very slight residual burning at site of hernia, occasional pain down my thigh. Spent the last few days at work lifting boxes of files as we moved offices, a lot of lifting, no problems in groin (my back is another story). I am back to running most days. In my case having the repair was a good move and has worked well.

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      Jim 5 years ago

      My story sounds exactly like yours Karl. I had a left Inguinal Hernia repaired on 6/12/12. Even though my surgeon is well known for his laporoscopic procedures, he wanted to use the open procedure with mesh since the stats show less complications and repeats. As the nerves started to come back to life, I experienced off and on burning that ranged from mild to extreme (neuropathic pain)... like a red-hot knife or the sting of a wasp. The pain seemed to move to different places below the incision area and even would "light up" my inner, upper left thigh once in a while. After my first week I noticed the burning started to slowly subside and it took about 4 to 5 weeks to stop. The only thing that was left was some numbness below the incision and I would get a heavy feeling in the inguinal area once in a while if I exerted myself. It is now almost 8 weeks out and I have to say I feel about 90% back to normal. Still a little numbness below the incision but I don't notice it. I worked out with dumbells (up to 25lb) today, 20 reps per set, and had no problems. So hang in there... and don't rush anything. After all that you went thru, you don't want to re-injure the area. They say it heals back stronger than when it was healthy muscle. Now I am focusing on MILD core exercises, like planks, to strengthen my abs and "maybe" prevent the right side from blowing out. I really don't want to go thru that again. Remember, sneeze and cough gently and no straining on the pot : )

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      Karl 5 years ago

      Hi, I'm now on my 3rd day since open Inguinal hernia.

      First day was pain-free as I'm guessing I was still charged with anaesthetics/painkillers.

      Day 2 was similar, although

      previously numbed areas slowly came back to sensation as feeling a little bruised. But later in the day I started experiencing severe burning pain below my incision, running down to the left side of the scrotum - which intensifies when walking or applying pressure onto that side. Please tell me this is normal as the pain is so intense and unpredictable and I'm worried that it may not fade/heal over time.

      The burning pain happens occasionally whilst lying down, but although still piercing, is not as severe as when standing. The area of incission is mainly comfortable whilst lay down.

      In the toilet scenario Im having no trouble with #1's, but I'm yet to experience the need for #2 although I do feel quite bloated at the moment.

      Since surgery, I've realised just how much of everyday movement revolves from stomach muscles. Simply clearing my throat or blowing my nose becomes such a strain. Getting out of bed becomes an unwelcome fight with myself that I'm hoping I'll be able to look back and laugh at!!

      Overall I'm starting to regret surgery as I was coping fairly well with my small hernia. Just beggining to get worried about this searing burning pain in the groin? Can anyone tell me if this was a case for themselves and how long i should expect it to last? Thanks

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      owch 5 years ago

      JACK - Bang on the money! Couldn't of put it any better!!

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      5 years ago

      Please check following link for hernia repair without mesh.

      http://www.desarda.com/

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      5 years ago

      Hi everyone. Wish these surgeries would be easier on everyone...

      i'm an active 53 year old female in good health, not overweight. had 3 previous Cesarian sections while in my 20's.

      last Nov. 2011 went to ER with abdomen/right groin pain beyond belief & nausea from another planet. Doc thought kidney stone at 1st but CT confirmed a STRANGULATED FEMORAL Hernia.

      Open emergency hernia surgery performed immediately. not much time before you croak. Small bowel was strangulated. Per surgeon small bowel was black as S**T. He was able to release it. It "pinked back up" & he was able to save it. Plug & patch put in.

      Doc said Femoral hernias - quite rare. If they do occur it's usually in WOMEN and they are much more prone to strangulate. Terribly painful - 4 day hospital stay. would have preferred another C-section.

      Recovered for the most part but still a hard knot size of an egg at surgery area. never went away. knot larger when standing than lying down. Went back to 1st surgeon - had no answers... Went to Primary care doc - ordered another CT. results - No abnormalities.

      June 2012. Still large knot ... So met with another surgeon (Chief Surgeon) & schedule surgery 7/25/12. ordered an ultrasound in standing up & laying down positions - results, again No abnormalities! Met with this surgeon again few days prior to surgery. So what is it? He said it's DEFINITELY another FEMORAL Hernia. Ultrasound study was garbage! I asked him, ever seen one like this before? YEP. Ever fixed one like this? YEP. Can you fix this one? YEP. Will I be better? YEP, you'll be PERFECT.

      5 days post op and have to say, this 2nd surgery was so much easier than the first. In-Out, home in afternoon. Had a slight problem urinating right after surgery - said bladder was still asleep and IF sphincter had closed shut, they'd have to catheterize if i couldn't go. Thank God i did. About PERFECT??? Not sure yet...

      For all women out there - watch out for that one. Not quite sure if Femoral can happen in Guys. Mine was in the groin area & bowel had popped thru "the very tight femoral space". This last surgeon thought initially he'd put in Pig Skin instead of mesh depending on what he saw when he got in. The femoral artery, which supplies all the blood to the right leg is very close and he definitely didn't want that damaged. He wound up putting in more mesh (not sure why or what kind but will find out at post op appt).

      GUYS - I truly respect the fact that everyone's situation is very different. Something to consider maybe ... My Physical Therapist, (treating unrelated back problem) is male. He recently had left & right inguinal repair. He had his Urologist perform the surgery. He thought his urologist would be more fine tuned about specifics of the male area, and had more faith in him versus a general surgeon. His surgery went very well and he did not speak of any problems or lasting pain. i'll check back with him & keep you posted if i learn anything different.

      A few things i've learned from these experiences...

      If taking narcotic pain killers - Definitely take stool softener starting Day ONE (or even before). Don't strain - it needs to FALL OUT.

      I was cautioned STRONGLY by last surgeon - DO NOT COUGH.

      Personal thoughts... i'm not lifting anything heavy AGAIN!

      Question for anyone out there? 5 days out and yes, still some swelling & another hard knot in surgery area, but not quite like last time. Anyone know, does it really ever go away?

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      5 years ago

      just testing

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      RMH 5 years ago

      I just wanted to add to this because the comments on here are so negative and fearmongering, I wanted to tell my experience. If I had paid attention to the comments on here I never would have had the surgery. I had inguinal surgery a month ago. Was not exactly pleasant but I had very minor and bearable pain. Was walking around the next day and back to work 4 days later. I am now back at full force at the gym and there is a little soreness by almost none. So glad I did it and was lucky to have a great surgeon and great nurses and staff!