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Had triple hernia surgery, have discomfort in inguinal area. Time for recovery?

Thursday will be 4 weeks since triple hernia surgery 1 umbilical 2 with 2 pieces of mesh on left inguinal . I am a carpenter and 55 years old. I still have discomfort mainlly in the inguinal area somes times a pinching needle like pain and sometimes a dull pain if I attempt some minor tasks I usually end up in some discomfort and I am tired . Is this usually? I am supposed to go back to work on monday but I don t believe I can I m usually very active but this has slowed me down .Thinking of calling doctor to ask for more time off.
Asked On : Sat, 9 Feb 2013
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Thank you for the query.

Hernia surgery with mesh usually gives such discomfort and pain for much longer than 4 weeks. You need to imagine that the main goal in this surgery is to create a scar in the place where the mesh is inserted. This scar creation takes up to a year (!). Most important processes are in the first 3 month. During that time you should not be lifting any heavy objects. And you should be 3 month off the work as well.
Discomfort can be also caused by nerve injuries during the surgery. Nerve regeneration can take a year as well. So you should be patient and give it some time. Gradually the discomfort should go away.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Thu, 27 Jun 2013
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