Chronic Post Inguinal Herniorraphy Pain:

Prevalence and Risk Factors

Moses Galukande1,2, Aminah Nakalanzi2, Michael Oling2

  1. College of Health Sciences, Makerere University

  2. International Hospital Kampala

Correspondence to: Prof. Moses Galukande, P.O Box 8177 Namuwongo Kampala.



Background: Inguinal hernia is a common surgical condition. Whereas complications associated with hernia repair are well documented, chronic post-operative groin pain has received less attention. Objective: To review the frequency and associated risk factors for chronic post herniorrhaphy groin pain at a tertiary urban hospital. Methods: A retrospective descriptive study using data retrieved from patient files and theatre logs was conducted. Only inguinal herniae patients 13 years and above were considered. ​Pain was self reported at least 3months to 2 years after repair. Results: Eighty nine patient data were analyzed. Mean aged was 40.5years, Male:Female ratio was 6:1. Fifteen (17%) patients reported pain lasting > 3 months. No significant age difference was noted between those with pain and the pain free.All those with chronic pain were male. Conclusion: Inguinodynia was common in this population. Post herniorraphy pain predictive risk factors in this population ought to be investigated.


Keywords: Chronic Pain, Inguinal Hernia Repair, Pain, Surgery

Ann Afr Surg. 2016;13(2): 52-5.



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