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What are the risks of hernia surgery?

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This type of operation is normally very safe. But like all surgeries, having your hernia removed comes with a number of possible complications. They include:

  • Infection of the wound
  • Blood clots: These can develop because you’re under anesthesia and don’t move for a long period of time.
  • 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.
  • Recurrence: The hernia could come back after the surgery. Research shows that using mesh can reduce your risk of this happening by half.

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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