After surgery: What to expect. The Wound
1.) The wound might become firm and raised, a so-called "healing ridge", and is a manifestation of healing under the skin. I compare it to a small hotdog. It does not cause pain, neither is it a result of an implanted mesh. Interestingly, this varies from nothing to exaggerated "mounds". Commonly, only a small healing ridge appears.
2.) A bluish-yellow discoloration locally or in the genital area may appear after 2-3 days, resulting from drops of blood from the surgery filtering up to the skin. Rarely the area appears extensive. All will be fully absorbed by 10-14 days. Patients on aspirin therapy should, if medically allowed, stop a week prior to the operation.
3.) Transient swelling of the scrotum or testicle on the side of the operation is not common but does occassionaly occur, and usually subsides in a few days. Especially, if the hernia was large, the space that is now empty in the scrotum may fill up with fluid, which the body absorbs. Only in unusual cases is needle drainage required. Rarely a firmness persists for several weeks.
1.) Developing redness or swelling associated with increased pain, heat, or discharge of fluid from the wound may be an indication of wound infection.
2.) Temperature above 38 degrees C or 100.5 F, ditto.
3.) Swelling of the scrotum associated with pain.
For all concerns, I always advise a phone call to the surgeon.
Keywords: Wound, healing ridge, post-op.