Side Effects of Hernia Surgery

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Surgically repairing a hernia can remove the immediate problem, but the surgery carries some side effects. The specific effects of a hernia surgery are contingent on the location of the hernia and the type of surgery used to correct it.

Hernias require surgery to correct.
Hernias require surgery to correct. (Image: Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Pain Medication

The anesthesia used during the surgery and the medication prescribed afterward can prevent patients from driving, operating machinery or signing legal documents for 24 to 48 hours after the surgery.

Anesthesia
Anesthesia (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Passing Urine & Stool

The hernia surgery may make it difficult to pass urine and stool. Avoid constipation by eating vegetables, fruit and high-fiber foods. Straining with constipation can cause discomfort or damage to the wound.

Avoid constipation by eating vegetables, fruit and high-fiber foods.
Avoid constipation by eating vegetables, fruit and high-fiber foods. (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Pain & Numbness

In the area surrounding the wound, pain or numbness can continue for a year after the operation. If it persists after a year, a medical professional should be consulted.

If it persists after a year, a medical professional should be consulted.
If it persists after a year, a medical professional should be consulted. (Image: Comstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Wound Infection

Redness, swelling or pain around the wound area is indicative of an infection. Consult a physician if this occurs.

Recurring Hernia

One in 50 patients experience a second hernia at some point in their lives. This hernia will also require surgical treatment.

A second hernia will also require surgical treatment.
A second hernia will also require surgical treatment. (Image: Jochen Sand/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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