Why the stinging, burning pain? The following site may explain why: http://www.nphernia.com/pop.html
While many patients have some prolonged post-operative discomfort after any surgery, which may last for several months before resolving, approximately 3-5% of such patients may develop chronic or persistent pain in the region of a surgical incision. This can also occur and be especially bothersome after inguinal hernia repair. Post-operative pain, after inguinal hernia surgery particularly, can develop from a variety of causes.
There are many causes for this persistent, post-operative inguinal hernia area pain, also called 'Inguinodynia' including, but certainly not limited to:
- Nerve damage (directly at the time of surgery)
- Nerve entrapment in scar tissue, mesh or sutures
- Post-operative benign nerve tumors (Neuromas)
- Scar Tissue itself or tissue damage
- Misplaced Mesh (if used)
- Contracted, scarified and hardened mesh plugs ("Meshomas")
- Infection (usually noted early post-op.)
- Recurrent (or Persistent) Hernia.
- Constriction or Narrowing of the Internal Inguinal Ring around the spermatic cord
- Periostitis-Inflammation of the outer membrane of the bone (pubic) due to the presence of permanent suture material inadvertently placed into this layer resulting in chronic inflammation and pain
- Pain from Unrelated Causes, associated with neither the prior inguinal hernia nor its operative repair (i.e., Non-hernia musculoskeletal, Intra-abdominal, Intra-pelvic, Neurologic, Genitourinary, Infectious or Vascular origin etc.)
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That said, it's possible that the stinging pain that I'm enduring is due to nerve damage. Interestingly, I had this same pain(albeit at a *MUCH* higher level) on my right side the day after surgery. Yet, I've NEVER had such pain on my left side. This tells me that the nerve damage may have been done at the time of the surgery!
Will the burning, stinging pain eventually go away? I hope so. My surgeon seems to think it will and told me that there was no nerve damage to the right side during surgery and that the pain is due to muscles, nerves and the mesh converging in a particular part of my groin; a place where this type of pain is common.
Is my surgeon right? Will the pain ever go away? Or, will I have to visit another surgeon to have my scar tissue and/or nerve damage repaired?
Only time will tell and I will post more meaningful updates as I learn more about this condition.