Groin Pain After Inguinal Hernia Repair

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Hernia repair is one of the most common surgical procedures undergone in the United States. It is usually successful, but some patients experience persistent pain after surgery.

What is the condition?
Hernia repair is one of the most common surgical procedures undergone in the United States. It is usually successful, but some patients experience persistent pain after surgery.  This pain may be due to nerve injury or the irritation or compression of nerves running into the groin area (the ilioinguinal, iliohypogastric and genitofemoral nerves).  This pain can be debilitating and can have a significant impact on one’s sexual function and ability to work and sleep normally. 

How is groin pain after ingiunal hernia repair treated?

Many patients with post-hernia repair groin pain are candidates for surgery, which involves a diagnostic local anesthetic injection followed by surgical removal of the painful nerve ending (neurectomy).