Side-effects of surgery:
Side-effects are the unwanted but usually temporary effects of a successful procedure. Examples include feeling sick as a result of the general anaesthetic or painkillers.
Complications of epigastric hernia surgery:
Complications are unexpected problems that can occur during or after the operation. However, most people undergo epigastric hernia without difficulty. As with any surgery, there is a very small risk of developing an unexpected reaction to the anaesthetic. Other rarely encountered problems include excessive bleeding, infection or developing a blood clot within the leg veins (deep vein thrombosis). To help prevent this, most people are given compression stockings to wear during the operation. They may also be given a drug to thin the blood and reduce the risk of clots.
Specific complications of an epigastric hernia repair are uncommon but can include accidental damage to internal organs, which could require a larger incision to repair. There is also a risk of abdominal bruising, although this usually settles without treatment.
The chance of complications depends on the exact type of operation you are having and other factors such as your general health. There is a small risk of infection in the mesh which can be difficult to eradicate if it occurs.