Inguinal Hernia Complications: Complications of inguinal hernia repair include recurrence (about 5%), infection,
bleeding, swelling from fluid (seroma) or blood (hematoma) build-up, injury to other
structures, (such as nerves or the organs passing into the hernia), and anesthetic
Some patients after inguinal hernia repair have a hard time urinating shortly after surgery.
This is not uncommon, and you may need to call your doctor or go to an emergency room
if more than 6-8 hours have passed.
Commonly patients will develop a fluid collection (seroma) where their hernia used to be
after surgery. This is because the body is filling the space that was previously filled by
fat or organs with fluid (kind of like swelling when you bump your knee). This
is not uncommon and can be uncomfortable, especially if the hernia was very large to
begin with. Be reassured that this doesn’t mean the hernia has returned, and will go away
with time and can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on the