What is the incidence of chronic pain after traditional non-mesh hernia operation?
The incidence of severe chronic pain after traditional non-mesh hernia surgery is nearly zero in my experience. After having repaired 5,000 hernias without mesh over 26 years I have not seen a case. The medical literature is very deficient in answering this question because there are no good standards for grading, categorizing and stratifing groin pain after hernia surgery and for several other reasons. In my experience about 25% of patients have some form of mild episodic pain that lasts a day or two and maybe happens a couple of times a year. I have not seen it severe enough to interfere with activities and I have not seen it continuous.