Hernia Repair Postoperative Complications

Any surgical procedure carries the risk for complications. Only a small percentage of patients who undergo hernia repair surgery have postoperative complications, which include:

  • Black and blue scrotum and shrunken testicles in men following an inguinal hernia repair
  • Bleeding
  • Inability to urinate
  • Infection
  • Recurrence of the hernia
  • Respiratory problems, usually resulting from general anesthesia

The surgeon should be notified immediately if the patient cannot urinate after several hours; experiences severe pain that is unrelieved by medication and/or comfort measures; develops a fever of 101°F or higher; or has bleeding, discharge, or severe swelling at the incision site.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 31 Oct 2001

Last Modified: 18 Sep 2015