Curr Health Sci J, vol. 49, no. 4, 2023

Postoperative Pain after Inguinal Hernia Repair Using the Tension-Free Lichtenstein Procedure: A Retrospective Study

[Original Paper]

M. Racareanu(1,2), S.D. Preda(1,2), A. Predoi(1,3), S.Konstantinos(1,4), T.Bratiloveanu(1,2), G.F.R. Mogo(1,3), A. Dobrinescu(1,2), S.Ramboiu(1,2), D.Margaritescu(1,2), D. Cartu(1,2), V. Surlin(1,2)

(1)University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova, Department of Surgery,
(2)Craiova Emergency Clinical Hospital,
(3)CF Clinical Hospital, Craiova, Romania,
(4)Third Surgery Clinic, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece


Inguinal hernia surgery is a constantly evolving field, with ongoing research efforts aimed at enhancing surgical techniques and outcomes for patients. This retrospective study conducted between 2015 and 2020 in the First Surgical Clinic of Craiova Emergency Clinical Hospital focused on the occurrence and characteristics of postoperative pain following inguinal hernia repair using the tension-free Lichtenstein procedure. A total of 178 patients were included in the study, with 16.85% reporting postoperative pain. The average pain intensity was 6.4 on a scale of 1 to 10. Patients described the pain as numbness, burning sensation, stinging, pressure, and tingling sensations. Notably, 50% of patients reported pain related to weather changes. While the study explored potential relationships between patient demographics, hernia type, and postoperative pain, no statistically significant associations were found. Approximately 20% of patients with postoperative pain reported adverse effects on their work, and 10% used analgesics for pain management. This study highlights the multifaceted nature of postoperative pain following inguinal hernia repair, emphasizing the need for further research to identify individual risk factors and adherence to international guidelines for hernia management. The findings also underscore the importance of effective pain management strategies to improve patient comfort and quality of life post-surgery.

Inguinal, hernia, repair, postoperative, pain, Lichtenstein.

Silviu-Daniel Preda, Department of General Surgery, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova, Petru Rares 2-4, Craiova, Romania, e-mail:

DOI 10.12865/CHSJ.49.04.07 - Download PDF