Changes in the sensitivity of the skin in the area of the operation can occur after inguinal hernioplasty (anaesthesia, pain, tingling). Generally, these sensitivity problems resolve progressively over the arc of a few months.
In the first week there can be sharp pains when making movements that place the abdominal muscles under tension. Actually, the first two days are an outright ordeal, which is only relieved by intramuscular painkillers (together with anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant drugs, prescribed by the surgeon). During this week, it is essential to avoid driving, since, due to the pain, the legs may have reduced reflexes.
After 15 days the stitches are removed and it is possible to begin thinking about leading a normal social life, only avoiding physical activity and exertion. For the latter activities, it will be necessary to wait at least one month after surgery, and another 10 more days before gradually restarting physical activity.
In the meantime, movement is recommended, taking short relaxing walks, in order to allow better positioning of the mesh, but no exertion. Time and tranquillity are required.
Sometimes, the pain experienced in the groin region after a hernia operation can be due to unnatural movements, poor post-operative posture and gait, which normally resolve progressively over time.
However, if the pain continues, it would be advisable to be “re-examined” by the surgeon, who will decide on the best therapy.
Swelling or inflammation can appear in the testicular sac following surgery
Even though not entirely normal, the onset of swelling immediately after surgery is very frequent. It appears similar to the operated hernia, but is painless and does not re-enter on lying down or by pressing with the fingers.
It is reabsorbed by the body over approx. 3 months, becoming increasingly more fluid.
However, sometimes it is not completely reabsorbed and must be drained using a syringe. The reabsorption process can be accelerated using hot-moist packs, avoiding however the area above the wound.
Relapse, reappearance of the hernia
With modern surgical techniques, the likelihood of a hernia reappearing is less than one in every 50 operations. In order to avoid a relapse, at 40 days after surgery, when gradual physical activity is restored, it is advisable to follow the prevention exercises in order to strengthen the abdomen.