What is the risk of complications following an open inguinal hernia repair?

Updated: Jan 17, 2018
  • Author: Vinay Kumar Kapoor, MBBS, MS, FRCS, FAMS; Chief Editor: Kurt E Roberts, MD  more...
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In systematic reviews, the overall risk of complications after inguinal hernia surgery has been in the range of 15-28%. Complications may develop intraoperatively or postoperatively. Early postoperative complications include seroma formation and hematoma (8-22% of cases), urinary retention, and wound infection (1-7% of cases). Late postoperative complications include sensory loss, hyperesthesia, chronic inguinal pain, mesh-related problems, hydrocele, testicular pain, testicular swelling, atrophy, and recurrence of hernia.


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