Inguinal Hernia - Surgery
What to think about continued...
There are some
considerations before having inguinal hernia repair surgery, such as what kind of hernia repair is done most at the hospital or clinic. Talk with your doctor so that you make the best decision for
Recurrent inguinal hernias are harder to
repair and pose more risks than initial hernia repairs. The risks linked with
recurrent hernia surgery are more scar tissue, numbness and pain after surgery,
and a greater chance of injury to a testicle or the
Conditions that might increase the risk of recurrence include abdominal muscles that are not
strong or healthy enough to "hold" the stitching (suture) material and bleeding
or infection that weaken the repair.
Fertility is usually not
affected by an inguinal hernia or hernia surgery. But in males there is a
chance that surgery or an incarcerated hernia can cause injury to the
vas deferens, the tube that carries sperm from the
testicles to the urethra. It is not yet known how often or to what degree this
affects a man's ability to father a child. In rare cases, surgery or an
incarcerated hernia may injure the blood vessels that supply one or both
testicles with blood, which may cause the affected testicle to shrink.