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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Could my hernia operation not have worked?

    Suffering from the same symptoms where I have pain sitting down and cannot lift anything.

    I also have a hard time with my bowel movements.

    My doctor used the mesh system through keyhole.

    All that I was doing when I felt a difference was walking up stairs .

    I understand that maybe it hasn't worked but what are the options to fix this?

    I cannot go back to the doctors for at least a couple of weeks, could I be oing more damage
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  • Dr Kenneth Wong

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon

    Dr Ken Wong is a very experienced specialist surgeon focussing on keyhole surgery techniques for gallstones, bowel cancer, hernia and weight loss surgery. He graduated … View Profile

    With any operation, there can be a failure rate. However, this is quite unlikely after a hernia repair.

    If your hernia operation has failed,you will often notice a recurrence of the original hernia /lump in the groin .

    However, pain in the groin or at the surgical site is very common after inguinal hernia repairs. There is often a persistent numbness, burning sensation and pins and needles in the area. In one percent of people, these altered sensations can persist permanently.

    These pains can be hard to treat and are thought to be related to the mesh irritating the nerves in the area. Mostly, they will resolve over time, often taking months.

    However, if pains persist, you should consult your surgeons for further opinions.

    Ken Wong

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