Confused - could it really be a hernia?


My husband saw Dr. Jarvi in Toronto yesterday. I was hopeful that he would have some insight on what is causing my husband’s issues since having his vasectomy 2 months ago.

He started the exam on my husband and within 20 seconds, found the spot that my husband’s pains are coming from. He said right away my husband has a hernia and that is his issue.

As a background, he is the third doctor who believes his issues are hernia related; however, we had an ultrasound 2.5 weeks ago that came back negative. Jarvi’s words was that it was a substantial hernia. To me, that doesn’t mean it’s small.

My husband has no testicular congestion. No pains during or after sex/erections. He has no other pains besides on the left side that is higher up but does radiate down. He does get pain his abdomen as well. He is in construction so does lift heavy things but had no issues previous to the vasectomy. He doesn’t have pains when he is walking or standing but has a lot of pain during exertion (lifting) and sitting. He describes it like burning and aching and finds that if he puts pressure on the area, it feels better.

I know some of you have been given hernia diagnosis in the past. I’m worried he will get it fixed, be off for 6 or so weeks without the pain being fixed. I don’t know if I should trust the doctors at this point. From what I’ve read, hernias aren’t that painful and as stated, he never had one that he knew about prevas. I’m trying not to be skeptical but I’m scared too.


I don’t know much about hernias but if you’re 3 for 3 on doctors saying it’s a hernia, how out of the way would it be to see someone who is a true specialist with them?

Not saying to rush into surgery of course but if you where to find someone who would listen and you state your case very clearly, this could be the answer to your husbands problems. It’s my understanding there are many different imaging techniques that can be used as well as even the smallest of inguinal hernias being known to cause all sorts of pain throughout the pelvis. I would seek an absolute answer before doing anything major…

Maybe he had a hernia for a long time, years even and never knew about it since it never bothered him. Maybe when there was disturbance from the vasectomy it set things in motion. This is a scenario I have began to consider for myself.

I read all of your posts but usually don’t have anything to contribute. Sorry you’re here. I wish you and your husband all the best. Stay positive, don’t stop searching and let us know what happens.


Yea, it’s a “maybe”, but these are my thoughts as well.

I would echo much of what you said above @John1.


Having pain in the abdomen or pelvis, that is reducible with external pressure, is highly indicative of a hernia. Pain with lifting is also very indicative. The vasectomy could easily have irritated a nerve that transects the hernia, or caused the muscles to tense up creating pain that wasn’t there before. It would be of benefit to find a hernia specialist to tell you one way or the other. In all honesty a hernia would probably a better scenario if one can be found. They can with their own risks but it is often an easily fixed problem. Good luck.


DON’T trust the doctors. There should be a way to definitively tell if it’s a hernia or not. I’ve had two hernia operations. In one case I knew I had one due to pain, the other was discovered during another surgery.

Seems unbelievably coincidental that a hernia occurred at the same time as the vasectomy…just saying.


@Wolverine1918 I concur. He will be going to a hernia specialist next week and I want him assessed. He definitely has a soft spot in his inguinal canal but I can’t see him having these issues all of a sudden. It doesn’t make sense to me at all.

I’m hoping this is his issue in a way because it will “fix” it but I find it just too coincidental.


I’ve been there-no issues prevas and major pain after- I had two doctors tell me hernia-and was even told that it showed up on ultrasound. I went to a well respected surgeon and he said after feeling me -no way I am operating on you because there is no way I can feel anything and you should not be in this much pain. I too actually hoped I had a hernia. My advice is just be cautious. His pain does sound different than mine but I would want to see clear evidence of a hernia on ultrasound etc to consider the surgery. This is difficult and my prayers are with you…in the end I opted for reversal


This does make it all so much more complicated. Can I ask what pain you had? I agree that he is in too much pain for it to be a hernia as well. It’s all pelvic/groin


My pain was fine in morning but gradually got worse as day went on. No difference if pain level if I ran, lifted weights had sex etc- every night I propped my leg up in an attempt to find reilef-a pain level about the same as if I squeezed my arm as hard as I could. I just could not get around no pain pre vas huge pain afterwards…


@Jason did the reversal help you


reversal helped me-I had one with dr P at Pur clinic 2014 and it sealed up after about 6 months so in 2016 I had a second with dr marks in arizona. Costly on a teachers salary but I would have burnt my house to the ground if it would have helped me. I find that I no longer sit with my leg propped up and I don’t think I’ll ever be normal again but it does not have the constant ache that is maddening. No real advice but see several doctors and get felt by several as they search for a hernia. I remember hoping I had a hernia. I did not have the classic pain after sex-mine just hurt more every day as the day went on. I did everything I ever did but it was with the constant thought of “my nuts hurt”. I waited 1 1/2 years to get reversal and I wish I had done it sooner. Nothing has hurt me like that vasectomy. One of the things that is so frustrating is that no doctor can really tell you what is wrong or how to fix you. This sight was a godsend to me-in the end I felt like I only had two choices-reversal or denervation. I kept waiting for pain to get better but it never did.