Potential Complications During and After Hernia Repair
Complications During and After Hernia Repair
The risks and potential complications of the hernia repair are low. These risks are but not limited to:
- Infection such as wound and mesh infection
- Testicular or scrotal pain
- Fluid collection in the scrotum or abdominal muscle (Seroma)
- Blood collection in the srotum or abdominal muscle (Hematoma)
- Damage to the spermatic cord (tubular structure that carries the sperm from the testicles to the penis)
- Inability to urinate (urinary retention)
- Damage to the internal organ such as bowel, bladder, nerves and blood vessels
- Scar tissue formation (adhesions).
- Numbness or pain in the groin, thigh or scrotal region
- Injury to the testicle, causing testicular atrophy (rare).
- Recurrence of the hernia
- Persistent and chronic pain
- Post-operative pulmonary emboli, deep venous thrombosis
- Post-operative bowel obstruction and fistula formation
- Risks of general anesthesia such as heart attack and stroke
This website is not intended to take the place of your discussion with your surgeon about the need for hernia surgery. If you have questions about your need for hernia surgery, your alternatives, billing or insurance coverage, or your surgeon's training and experience, do not hesitate to ask your surgeon or his/her office staff about it. If you have questions about the operation or subsequent follow-up, please discuss them with your surgeon before or after the operation
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