Intentionally severing a nerve during inguinal hernia repair
May 2, 2009 1:48 PM Subscribe
The surgeon who is going to do my hernia repair says he wants to intentionally sever a nerve that will leave the inside of my thighs numb. The heck??
posted by phoeniciansailor to Health & Fitness (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The doc says that the mesh used to patch up the inguinal hernia can sometimes pull on this certain nerve, leading to chronic pain until the mesh is removed and the surgery re-done. To avoid this (rare) scenario, he says he severs the nerve in question. He says it would leave my inner thighs feeling numb but that I'd get used to it in a few days.
If you've had an inguinal hernia repair, is this something your surgeon discussed with you? How did it work out?