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What are the risks of hernia surgery?

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A hernia is when an organ or a fatty tissue inside your body poke through a surrounding muscle or connective tissue. Repairing hernias with surgery is usually very safe. But complications are possible, including:

  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Pain
  • Nerve damage
  • Recurrence of hernia

From: Do I Need Surgery for Hernia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Robert Fitzgibbons, Jr., M.D., Chair, Department of Surgery, Creighton University.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: “What Is an Inguinal Hernia?”

American College of Surgeons: “Groin Hernia Repair.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Hernia Repair.”

Mayo Clinic: “Inguinal Hernia,” “Hernia Truss: Can It Help an Inguinal Hernia?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Do You Need Hernia Surgery?”

Cochrane Library: “Laparoscopic Techniques Versus Open Techniques for Repair of a Hernia in the Groin.”

Ulster Medical Society: “Chronic Pain After Inguinal Hernia Repair.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 21, 2019

SOURCES:

Robert Fitzgibbons, Jr., M.D., Chair, Department of Surgery, Creighton University.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: “What Is an Inguinal Hernia?”

American College of Surgeons: “Groin Hernia Repair.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Hernia Repair.”

Mayo Clinic: “Inguinal Hernia,” “Hernia Truss: Can It Help an Inguinal Hernia?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Do You Need Hernia Surgery?”

Cochrane Library: “Laparoscopic Techniques Versus Open Techniques for Repair of a Hernia in the Groin.”

Ulster Medical Society: “Chronic Pain After Inguinal Hernia Repair.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 21, 2019

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