After a hernia repair procedure, some patients may be more susceptible than others to experience post-hernia nerve pain in the groin or abdominal areas. However, board-certified surgeon Dr. Anthony Echo and his skilled team are able to accurately diagnose nerve pain and identify the best course of treatment specifically for you and your needs. If you notice chronic pain that lasts for more than three months after a hernia repair surgery, you may be experiencing post-hernia nerve pain. This typically occurs near the groin, but it may also be present in the abdominal area, depending on the type of hernia that you had repaired and the technique used during surgery. To have your symptoms evaluated and receive an accurate treatment plan, contact our Houston, TX practice to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Echo.
Most often, post-hernia nerve pain is due to a nerve that has become damaged or trapped after a hernia repair procedure. Although, in some cases, an individual may just be at a higher risk of developing chronic pain after surgery, including those that:
- Are younger and more active
- Have undergone surgery in the past three years
- Have undergone a previous hernia repair procedure
- Received a repair of an anterior hernia
- Experienced an infection or complication after a hernia repair surgery
- Had preexisting nerve damage
No matter the cause of your nerve pain, Dr. Echo and his team will be able to properly identify your symptoms and will work to understand any underlying circumstances for more accurate treatment options.
Persistent pain following a hernia repair procedure that lasts for more than three months is one of the most prevalent signs of post-hernia nerve pain. Additional symptoms may also include:
- A burning sensation within the surgical area
- Pain with exercise or when walking
- Radiating pain around the surgical site and throughout the body
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Pain and/or discomfort in the testicles in male patients
- A sensation like there is a foreign object within the body
It is important to contact our Houston practice if you notice any of these symptoms for a significant amount of time after hernia repair. Dr. Echo may utilize varying diagnostic measures with the use of state-of-the-art technology to gain better insight into your current condition.
In order to eliminate post-hernia nerve pain and its associated symptoms, Dr. Echo may recommend a nonsurgical or surgical method, depending on the severity of your condition. We utilize various, minimally invasive nonsurgical treatment options at our Houston facility, such as:
- Over-the-counter or prescription pain medications
- Radiofrequency ablation (electrical radio waves are used to sever the pathway of a nerve)
- Nerve block (an anesthetic injection to cut off signals of pain)
- Nerve stimulation (electrodes positioned on the nerves to eliminate pain)
Though nonsurgical methods will almost always be suggested as the first form of treatment, some patients with severe post-hernia nerve pain may require a surgical procedure to eliminate symptoms. In some instances, if a surgical mesh was used in the previous hernia repair surgery, it may be causing damage to the surrounding nerves, requiring it to be removed in a secondary procedure. Some patients may also benefit from a neurectomy in which the peripheral nerves around the previous surgical area are cut to eliminate existing pain.
Following any course of treatment, a member of our team will provide you with the appropriate aftercare instructions to ensure that you heal properly and without any complications. We also encourage you to contact our facility if you have any questions or concerns regarding your healing process.
Discover How We Can Help
Post-hernia nerve pain can be debilitating for those who suffer from it. However, with the various treatment options offered at Sports Hernia Texas, Dr. Echo and his team can help you find the best course of treatment for your needs. Contact us in Houston, TX to learn more and to schedule a comprehensive consultation.
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