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Exercises to alleviate pain, strengthen area of HERNIA REPAIR.

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About 3 years old patientago, I had an operation for an inguinal hernia repair on my left side and a mesh was inserted. Everything went well and I didn't have any complications. A couple of days ago, I noticed a weird sensation there which was very similar to the feeling I had before the operation. Last night, the discomfort was so bad I couldn't sleep. I guess I'm curious to know if this is temporary and will go away. I haven't engaged in any stressful activities that could tear it. Does this have anything to do with scar tissue or nerves getting squished? Could something be tangled up with the mesh itself? There's nothing bulging out of my skin, I just feel a tugging sensation that is oddly exacerbated when I lay down, making it difficult to sleep. Are there any exercises I could do to alleviate the pain or strengthen the area? I work in an office and sit down for most of the day, does that have anything to do with it?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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As mesh is a foreign material and is non-absorbable(does not dissolve), tough fibrous tissue will be formed around it in course of time to strengthen the area.
There may be some amount of discomfort due to mesh post-surgery.
Another common problem which can occur after hernia surgery is recurrence. However, chances of recurrence are rare with mesh repair.
I request you to consult your surgeon and get an abdominal examination done. You can ask for an Ultrasound abdomen for any possible recurrence.
While lying down, you should not be in same position for long time. You should change sides and position after half an hour or 1 hour.
I prescribe skeletal muscle relaxant tablet which contains chlorzoxazone to my patients with similar complaints. You can take these under the care of your doctor for relief from the discomfort.
Nothing to worry.
If you can follow-up with the findings of your abdominal examination and result of the Ultrasound abdomen, I can clarify further.

Wish you good health.

Dr. Hari Charan Perigela
Category: Pediatric Surgeon
Fellowship: DNB, General Surgery, National Board of Examinations, New Delhi, 2001
Residency: MS, General Surgery, Sri Venkateswara Medical College,Tirupathi, 2000
Medical School: MBBS, Kurnool Medical college, 1995
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