I am a 34 yr old mother of 3. On April 23, 2012 I had open surgery to repair a rather large inguinal hernia on my right side. A week after surgery I called the surgeons office regarding my pain, which I thought was normal, only to be told that at that point I should be satisfied with Advil or Tylenol. I was taking 2 percocets every four hours, and still had a lot of breakthrough pain. My follow up appointment was scheduled for May 9, and the doctor cancelled it 2 hours before my appointment time, and I have been unsuccessful in reaching him to reschedule. On May 24 I went into the ER as my pain was still extreme - could not even get a hug from my little one without crying. The ER doctor said that the hernia repair had failed, and that a portion of it was incarcerated, and tried to contact the surgeon also (with no better response). On August 8 my family doctor sent me for an ultrasound of the incision site, and subsequently told me that the results stated my now chronic pain is being caused by a hematoma, and that no treatment was required. I am also experiencing pain on the surface of my groin area, as well as the full 6 inch interior incision, which feels thick, hard and twisted.
1st question - Is it normal to still have a hematoma 4 months after surgery? 2nd - What is the recommended treatment, if any? 3rd - Why am I still in so much pain that it affects my every day life? 4th - How much of this sounds normal? I just want to be able to get on with my life, and I'm not feeling very confident in my medical team. Thank you
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