Inguinal hernia surgery

Medical hygienists also recommend surgery to treat inguinal hernias when the hernia has reached a significant size and where treatment with natural remedies has achieved poor results.

How long does inguinal hernia surgery take?

Usually, patients are faced with 2 solutions:

  • classic surgery (anterior inguinal hernioplasty) with local anaesthesia. Through a small incision, the hernia is identified and repositioned inside the abdomen. An appropriately shaped and biocompatible, synthetic, non-reabsorbable mesh is fixed to the muscles and tendons to reinforce the muscle walls. This procedure has the advantage of being performed in day hospital, where the patient remains in the facility only for the time necessary for the procedure and then returns to their own home without occupying a hospital bed.
  • Laparoscopy under general anaesthesia and less traumatic recovery. By adopting a minimally invasive method, there is a significant reduction in surgical trauma and post-operative recovery is more rapid. This is generally performed on patients in good health, capable of being subjected to general anaesthesia, to treat bilateral inguinal hernias, i.e. on both right and left sides at the same time, or in the case of relapsing hernia already treated by anterior surgery. On average, the hospitalisation time is four days.

The surgeon shall decide the most appropriate technique, depending on their experience and the patient’s state of health.

How long does post-operative pain last for?

The perceivable pain immediately after surgery is bearable. In subsequent days, there may be some general “bother” because sitting down and standing up will be movements that cause some discomfort. But nothing unbearable. With passing days, the improvements are evident. It is only a matter of having some patience. From the fourth day, it will be possible to laugh, sneeze and cough without pain.

During the period in hospital, the genitals tend to assume a bluish colour, and the swelling of the area makes it seem the surgery has still not been performed.

See the article “Inguinal hernia, post-operative convalescence“.

9 thoughts on “Inguinal hernia surgery”

  1. I was operated on last Monday, it was a relapse. I came home on Wednesday afternoon, after 2 nights in hospital. A drainage had been placed to drain blood and debris, the cut had 12 stitches (metal rings). To date I am able to do almost everything, I am having the stitches removed tomorrow. The pain has significantly subsided and I no longer take painkillers. I am asking if it would be OK to make love to my wife?

    1. Hi Adriano,
      The time the body requires to heal is subjective and varies from person to person.
      However, you should have no problems after approx. two weeks.

  2. I underwent surgery for right inguinal hernia on 25 October and it has been a drama from the beginning; initially because the spinal anaesthesia had been a torture, as it was administered without pre-anaesthesia, so when the first needle was inserted I literally jumped. Then, the tube was unable to pass through some of the bones, so it was a real ordeal.
    After a few minutes into the surgery, I started to sweat and became short of breath. Then I had the sensation that my neck was on fire, I began to scream, my heartbeat was significantly down so they gave me oxygen and I recovered. From then on, they gave me oxygen for the entire duration of the operation. Then there were small problems with bleeding, and finally the following morning I could not even stand up. I was discharged at eight o’clock.
    Now I have intermittent burning sensations, and if I touch the scar it feels like a very hard cigar, which is not painful to touch. What is this? I would be grateful if you could give me an answer. I have also started having sexual relations after approx. one week.
    Thank you and best regards

  3. I am due to undergo bilateral hernia surgery. But I have heard opinions stating that if the pain is bearable, it is best to persevere rather than have the surgery. I don’t know what decision to take. Please give me some advice. Many thanks.

  4. I underwent surgery for a hernia on 3 March, under spinal anaesthesia. The ordeal began immediately after surgery with shooting pains which the physicians attributed to possible nerve injury. That night I had a fever of 38.5°C, and I was discharged on 6 March despite still having a temperature and after having been given two vials of antibiotics and two of painkillers per day. Post-operative treatment has been two injections of antibiotic for 5 days plus thrombosis prevention. Today, 8 March, I am writing from bed still with difficulty walking (even if a little better) and this is my first day without fever. I know it’s not possible, but if I could turn back time, I wouldn’t have the surgery. Many thanks and excuse me for venting

  5. Hello, I underwent surgery for left inguinal hernia on 8 April. For the first week I was in bed with difficulty moving, and taking painkillers, effergan 500, first every 6 hours then every 10, 12 then 24 hours then none. After a week, I had the 4 external stitches removed. I had great difficulty walking. Now after 15 days, some days I am able to walk, like yesterday, for an hour, or like today, I can’t even manage 200 metres (I am like this almost every day before feeling tightness and burning). Some say to wait at least 30-40 days before worrying because the body is adapting and healing is not complete. What do you think? Many thanks. Carlo.

    1. I can confirm what you have been told, much depends on the physical condition of the patient. Afterwards, healthy physical exercise helps greatly, even if just walking.

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