Bulge after hernia repair


Q: Hello. I had an inguinal hernia for about ten years prior to having surgery. Never had any pain, until about the last year, where it started to develope next to my testicles and got increasingly larger very quickly, which is the reason I had the surgery. About 2 months post surgery, I still had a lump which looked the same as it did before it started moving out of my groin and next to the testicles. So I had it checked out by the same surgeon that did the repair, but he wasnt worried at all and said it was fine. It's now been three years, and the bulge is still there. I cant push it back in like I use to before the surgery, and doesnt seem to change regardless of standing or switching positions, though it does get painful if I workout over a period of time, which is something I never had a problem with prior to surgery. Is this bulge normal? Like scar tissue or something? Or should I get it check out once again? Thank you.


A:   The bulge you feel is most likely to be scar tissue and the pain associated with it at times is from an entrapped nerve. There is a possibility that the bulge is a recurrence of the previous hernia. Recurrent hernias dont always have the same symptoms as scar tissue prevents them from moving as freely as unrepaired hernias.

Related Q&A

Q: I am a 77 yr old woman who is scheduled for complex laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair surgery on Nov. 2. My aptt tes...

Q: My nine weeks old son has a groin hernia we are waiting for surgery on. Tonight he is very bloated, passing s lot of ...

Q: Pls help ASAP. My mother's urine had huge amount of blood in it today morning. She is 65 and only medical condition...

Q: Hello, I have just been diagnosed with a hiatus hernia, I am 24 years old and its playing on my mind. Do I have to st...

Q: Unable to see a surgeon for several weeks and am concerned about this ct scan report 43yo patient with right lateral...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon