What are potential complications of abdominal inguinal hernia repair?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Assar A Rather, MBBS, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Potential complications of inguinal hernia repair include the following:

  • Hernia recurrence
  • Infarcted testis or ovary with subsequent atrophy (see the images below)
  • Wound infection
  • Bladder injury
  • Iatrogenic orchiectomy or vasectomy
  • Intestinal injury
Atrophy of right testis after hernia repair. Note Atrophy of right testis after hernia repair. Note adult-type incision.
Testis at operation in 2-month-old boy with histor Testis at operation in 2-month-old boy with history of irritability and vomiting for 36 hours. Capsulotomy was performed, but atrophy occurred. Patient also required bowel resection.

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