Alleviate Chronic Pain After Inguinal Hernia Surgery in NYC
If you’re feeling minor pain immediately following hernia surgery, this may be a normal part of your recovery. However, if you’re experiencing intense chronic pain weeks or months after an inguinal hernia repair, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Reiner in NYC for diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Reiner is a globally renowned expert in minimally invasive hernia repair and can relieve your post-surgery pain. Learn more about the causes and treatments for chronic pain after hernia surgery below.
What causes chronic groin pain after inguinal hernia surgery?
Chronic groin pain following an open or laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair surgery is often a complex issue and multi-factorial. It may involve traumatic, unintentional injury to one of the groin nerves in the area of the repair or it may involve scarring in the postoperative period (a normal occurrence) around a nerve. It may also be secondary to nerve entrapment by stitches or fixation devices used to either fix the mesh in place or perform the repair.
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How can I alleviate minor pain after hernia surgery?
Minor post-surgery pain is normal and can typically be treated with conservative therapies. If you are suffering from pain during the early post-operative period (within the first three weeks after your hernia surgery), the following at-home remedies may alleviate your post-surgery pain:
- Adequate stretching
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Pain medications
When should I see a doctor for chronic groin pain after hernia surgery?
If your pain is minor and immediately follows surgery, it may be a normal part of your surgical recovery. Situations that warrant a visit to Dr. Reiner to explore possible damage during surgery include the following:
- Groin pain that persists or intensifies over time
- Pain that radiates along the nerve tract (radiculitis)
- New pain that occurs after 3 weeks of your surgery
- A noticeable bulge (recurrent hernia)
How is chronic pain after hernia surgery treated?
When groin pain after hernia surgery is severe in nature and is not caused by a recurrent hernia, your hernia surgeon may recommend one of the following treatment options:
- A series of hyper-extension exercises with or without the use of anti-inflammatories
- A series of injections using an anti-inflammatory (steroids) and local anesthesia
- Neurological medications to diminish the pain
- Mesh removal
- Single nerve resection
If you are suffering from chronic pain after inguinal hernia repair, the first step to improving your health and getting back to your regular pain-free life is to schedule a consultation with an experienced hernia doctor. Dr. Mark Reiner is a top surgeon in the field of minimally invasive hernia repair, and has performed thousands of successful hernia operations. Contact Dr. Reiner today by calling 212.879.6677 or filling out the form on this page.