Is It Common to Have Lower Back Pain after Inguinal Hernia Surgery?

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People might get lower back pain after inguinal hernia surgery by several factors. These include their pre-op medical history and during their recovery time.

Lower back pain after inguinal hernia surgery is the topic often discussed by people; even they don’t have back problem before.

Did you know that for a hernia repair can only be done with surgery? Although not always necessary, complications caused by a hernia could not be improved without the surgical procedure.

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What is inguinal hernia surgery and why it is affecting your lower back?

Inguinal hernia surgery is a procedure performed by the surgeon to push the “bulge tissue” back toward the abdominal wall.

This procedure is done by stitching the weak point of muscle to the healthy ones and reinforcing the section of the abdominal wall that caused the problem.

This operation is also known as the inguinal herniorrhaphy and open hernia repair.

For hernia operations that have an impact of larger areas, the surgeon typically used synthetic mesh to help strengthen the muscles of the abdomen. This operation is known as hernioplasty.

Several factors that might have become the cause of lower back pain after inguinal hernia surgery

1. The condition during recovery time

People who recently had inguinal hernia surgery, experiencing tough days in the first week of the recovery period. Even for just a sneeze can be painful.

Given that condition during the recovery, the back got stiff.

It is mostly as a result of lying down and sleeping more than usual. Also, the patients cannot do a daily activity like before. Consequently, they also have to sit more than in their health condition.

Commonly, often reported that after inguinal hernia surgery (or other identical surgery) patients were not able to stand up straight entirely for several weeks. So their back remains in a slouch position.

This is resulting in stiffness, especially in the lower back.

As we know, during the first week of recovery time, your incision wound makes a lot of pain. Either it is on your right side or left side.

Having said that, a limitation in the activity is inevitable. And forcing you to spend the time to rest more than normal.

2. Past history of chronic pain

According to the medical journal published in NCBI, the risk of getting a chronic postoperative pain after hernia surgery is exist. It has a percentage range of 0.7 to 36.7%.

Based on the journal, if the patient has a past history of experiencing chronic pain elsewhere in their body, have a greater risk to suffer pain after hernia surgery.

For example, a patient who has a complaint about postoperative groin pain after a hernia repair report their chronic discomfort.

Therefore, preoperative factors are important things to look up, which may predict chronic pain following inguinal hernia surgery.

In the article also mentioned that if a person has previously experienced chronic pain in any part of his body, has the risk to suffer chronic back pain as well.


How long the inguinal hernia recovery last?

Recovery time for herniorrhaphy usually takes 3 to 4 weeks.

However, if you have lower back pain after inguinal hernia surgery, strenuous lifting heavy objects such as groceries should be avoided until at least six weeks.

In general, the relationship between back pain and hernia is an indirect complication. However, these two cases are interrelated and have the same risk factors.

Either it is in the activity before the patient gets a hernia, or during the recovery.

The solution you can do

The first thing is to consult with massage therapists and medical doctor. Speak with them, and you can decide if you want to do alternative back pain treatments such as myofascial release, traditional treatment, or medical treatment.



  • NCBI: Risk Factors for Chronic Pain After Inguinal Hernia Repair