Turkish Journal of Surgery

Turkish Journal of Surgery

ISSN: 2564-6850
e-ISSN: 2564-7032


İlhan Ece, Hüseyin Yılmaz

Department of Surgery, Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey

Keywords: Ejaculatory pain, herniorrhaphy, inguinal hernia, sexual dysfunction


The objective of this study was to investigate the rate of post-herniorrhaphy dysejaculation in the current literature. A comprehensive search of PubMed, Medline, Google Scholar, and Google databases was performed using the keywords “groin hernia and chronic pain,” “inguinal hernia and chronic pain,” “dysejaculation,” and “ejaculatory pain.” The eligible studies were evaluated in terms of ejaculatory pain and surgical technique used. Ten studies with 122 patients were eligible for the analysis. The rate of ejaculatory pain for a total of 5521 patients was found to be 2.2%. The incidence of postoperative ejaculatory pain was found to be 2.1% following laparoscopic techniques and 1.1 % following open repair. Open techniques were not related to the increased frequency of dysejaculation. Sufficient data could not be obtained from the studies for the ejaculatory pain, and thus, no statistical evaluation was performed. Dysejaculation is a common cause of postoperative morbidity after inguinal hernia repair. Attention to technical details of the primary operation may reduce the incidence of dysejaculation.

Cite this paper as: Ece İ, Yılmaz H. An overlooked complication of the inguinal hernia repair: dysejaculation. Turk J Surg 2018; 34: 1-4.

Peer Review

Externally peer-reviewed.

Author Contributions

Concept - İ.E.; Design - İ.E.; Supervision - İ.E., H.Y.; Resources - İ.E.; Materials - İ.E.; Data Collection and/or Processing - İ.E.; Analysis and/or Interpretation - İ.E.; Literature Search -İ.E. ; Writing Manuscript - İ.E.; Critical Review - İ.E., H.Y.

Conflict of Interest

No conflict of interest was declared by the authors.

Financial Disclosure

The authors declared that this study has received no financial support.