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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 111-121

Chronic neuropathic pain following inguinal hernia repair

Department of Surgery, Tahri Mohammed University, Bechar, Algeria

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Dr. Toufik Berri
BP 71 Maghnia 13300, Tlemcen
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/fjs.fjs_125_17

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Since recurrence rates have been considerably reduced with mesh repairs, chronic pain has recently become the main concern after inguinal hernia repair (IHR), with significant impact on patient satisfaction, societal cost, and quality of life. Some 31% of all patients with persistent postsurgical pain develop neuropathic pain (NP) after IHR seeing that the inguinal nerves that cross the surgical field can directly or indirectly be damaged. Because of the multiplicity of the risk factors and the complexity of the pathophysiological mechanisms, substantial attention has been devoted to the multidisciplinary approaches and to the preventive measures. More clinical trials are needed to improve the level of evidence of the use of pharmacological, surgical, and interventional procedures in both prevention and treatment of chronic NP following IHR. In this article, the current objectives are to review the incidence, risk factors, pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of chronic NP after IHR.

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