What Is Post-Herniorrhaphy Pain Syndrome?

Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Do I Have Post-Herniorrhaphy Pain Syndrome?

Inguinal hernias are a common medical condition, and often hernia surgical procedures are described as a routine. However, for some patients, even after the two to three-month healing window is over, they experience pain in the groin that interferes with daily life. If your chronic groin pain is not resolving on its own months after surgery, it may be time to explore your options.

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What Are The Symptoms?

Those diagnosed with Post-Herniorrhaphy Pain Syndrome experience isolated or regional chronic pain in the groin area even after the three month timeframe for recovery has passed. Some patients may experience pain that interferes with sexual function as well.

Pain is described as:





What Are The Causes?

P This condition is caused by nerves, muscles, or tissue becoming damaged during surgery or trapped in sutures or surgical mesh used in the hernia repair.

Risk factors for Post-Herniorrhaphy Pain Syndrome include:

  • Pre-Existing Neuropathy
  • Post-Operative Infection or Complications
  • Corrective Hernia Surgery (Second Repair)
  • Anterior Hernia Repair

What Are My Treatment Options?

Dr. de Lotbinière will review your medical history, perform a physical exam, and discuss your pain to make a conclusive diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with Post-Herniorrhaphy Pain Syndrome, there are several treatment avenues to explore to help you find relief.

  • Anti-Inflammatory Medicine
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Neuromodulation
  • Anesthetic Injections
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Nerve Entrapment Release
  • Neurectomy

When To Reach Out For Help?

If you are experiencing chronic pain after the healing window for hernia surgery has passed, reach out to Dr. Alain de Lotbinière. An expert in the treatment of complex pain disorders, he can give you the answers and guidance you need. He is accepting new patients at both his New York and Connecticut offices.