This is about recent surgery of recurrent inguinal hernia?
- 27 Apr 2012 by javeed akhtar
- 28 Apr 2012
- inguinal hernia
I had first surgery of Inguinal hernia in Feb 2007. It was carried out be a Urologist although friends told me not to go to a Urologist instead advised to go to a General Surgeon. Any how surgery was performed. The operation looked fine and my body returned to original shape.By the way no mesh was used. The hernia again returned after about 4.5 5 years and increased to quite a size by now recently.
I gain went for a surgery ; this time by a general surgeon. He operated under local anesthesia.I came home and now resting and have to be re-examined in a day or two. This time a propylene mesh was used. what I see this time that right scrotum where hernia emerged did not return to normal. By any standard it is still quite large compared to left scrotum. I am uneasy about it. What is now in right scrotum when the hernia has been pushed back.
I will be grateful if I could be advised about it
Too bad you didn't listen to your friends the first time. The swelling in your scrotum is just that, swelling from the trauma of surgery. It wil go down slowly. In the meanwhile try to lie down as much as possible and keep your scrotum elevated. You can try cool cloths to it for short periods of time throughout the day. l If its still concerning you, call your surgeon.
I dont think it was a bad choice to choose a Urologist. It is possible that even had you used a general surgeon, the hernia could have returned. It does happen. There are good surgeons and there are bad surgeons, and one being a general surgeon doesnt make him better than the Urologist. In fact, the Urologist does ONLY urogenital surgeries and so he may actually have more experience in the area than a general surgeon, who does a little bit of everything. It is kind of like having a clogged pipe in your house and calling either a handyman, who does a bit of everything, or a plumber who only works on pipes. They both can get the job done, but a plumber probably has more knowledge and experience in clearing pipes than the handyman. But that is not to say that the handyman wont do a great job. You returned to normal for 4 1/2 to 5 years so it WAS a successful surgery and the return of the hernia was NOT the fault of the surgeon.
I would definitely notify your surgeon of the swelling. It could just be trauma but it may be a complication. You want to be sure that it is of no consequence so the best way to know that is to have the surgeon evaluate it, just to be sure! Sometimes swelling can be blood filling the scrotum and this can be a complication and without seeing it with my own eyes, I cant tell if it is something to be concerned with. The best thing to do would be to call the surgeons office and notify him. Hopefully it is nothing but a bit of trauma from the surgery but it is best to be reassured of that by your surgeon! Hope this surgery holds for you this time!
I have read with great interest the answers given by two experts. I really appriciate and I must confess that both of the Urologist and the General Surgeon may be experts in their own fields which though are quite diffrent. This is also supported in one of the replies.It is just possible that Urologist might have been more successful in my case; had he used a propylene mesh to strenthen the layers in the first first place as otherwise he is known to be expert in his field. I think it was an omission by him; otherwise I must confess that his operation was very fine as I looked just normal in appearance even immediately after surgery. He used quite a small incision.
This time use of mesh was rather a must and the incision was at least three inches in size.
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