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I thought hernias were a simple procedure!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 12, 2007
  • 05:46 PM

After several misdiagnoses, doctors finally found out my fiance had a left inguinal hernia last November. At first they said he just had a groin pull, then the chiropractor said he had a dislocated hip and put him through several painful sessions of trying to pop it into place. Even a visit to the ER, and they didn't find the hernia. Finally, his family practice doctor found the hernia and surgery was performed in February. The surgery was unsuccessful, as he was still limping and in a lot of pain. So in March he got an epidural steriod injection to numb the nerve, and then when that was unsuccessful they did exploratory surgery in June. The nerve was apparently wrapped up in scar tissue and that is what was causing lots of pain. The doctor said they were able to fix it during surgery, but the pain has only gotten a little better. Since June, he has gotten 5 more nerve blocks to try and kill the nerve, so to speak. It is really hurting his quality of life; he is only 34 and enjoys being active, but now he has lost almost all of the muscle in his left quad, and other joints seem to start hurting as a result of how much he's been limping and overcompensating. He can barely take the dog for a walk, let alone hike or bike like we used to. He also has a job where he is on his feet and moving around a lot, so I don't know if that has impacted his recovery. So, how can he fix this? Does he just continue to get nerve blocks? Could the surgeon have messed up or is he just one of the super unlucky less than 1% of people that don't have successful hernia operations? Any help or insight is appreciated!

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