Complications of hernia surgery

All surgical procedures carry some risk. 

Complications following a hernia repair in the groin include:

  • Bleeding/haematoma
  • Wound infection
  • Recurrence - <2% in the short term but this can increase to 5% over a long period of follow-up
  • Chronic groin pain - this has been found to be more common in patients who have significant pre-operative pain, younger patients and those who have operations for recurrent hernias
  • Urinary retention
  • Injury to the contents of the spermatic cord
  • Entrapment neuropathy
  • Testicular atrophy