Q19. What are the risks of hernia surgery?

A19. Hernia surgery is a very safe form of surgery which also gives good results. However, no operation is 100% risk free although these tend to be rare.

There are side effects and then there are complications. Side effects include an adverse reaction to general anaesthesia (very rare), infection (although antibiotics are given during mesh repair surgery) and pain following surgery.

Some people find that they are sick after a general anaesthetic although they can be given an injection to deal with this.

Complications include:

  • Development of a blood clot
  • Haematoma (bleeding underneath the skin)
  • Difficulty in passing urine or faeces
  • An unpleasant discharge from the wound
  • Fever
  • Intense pain
  • Nausea and/or vomiting

If you experience some or all of these then contact your surgeon immediately.

The risks as well as the benefits of surgery will be explained to you during your consultation with the surgeon.

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