Flu-Like Symptoms After Hernia Surgery

Over half a million people in the United States undergo hernia repair surgery each year, according to 2008 information from Newport Laparoscopy. Flu-like symptoms after hernia surgery typically arise if a patient develops an infection, a hernia surgery complication that affects approximately seven percent of treated patients. Patients who develop flu-like symptoms after hernia surgery should consult a physician for further evaluation and care.

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Fever or Chills

Fever is a flu-like symptom that can occur after hernia surgery in certain patients. Fever symptoms may be persistent and can exceed 101 degrees Fahrenheit, John Muir Health warns. Patients who develop a fever after hernia surgery can also experience increased sweating, headache or chills. An increase in body temperature may cause affected patients to appear red or flushed in the face. Affected patients should seek prompt medical care to ensure receipt of appropriate antibiotic medication.

Nausea or Vomiting

After hernia surgery, patients can develop flu-like upset stomach symptoms, such as nausea or vomiting, the Baylor College of Medicine explains. Persistent upset stomach symptoms can be uncomfortable and may contribute to a decreased appetite in certain patients.


Certain patients can develop a persistent cough after having hernia surgery, John Muir Health explains. Affected patients can experience a dry or congested cough and may expel mucus from their lungs following surgery. Severe flu-like cough symptoms that occur in conjunction with chest pain or breathing difficulties can be a sign of a blood clot within the lungs. Affected patients should seek emergency medical care as blood clot complications following surgery can be life-threatening.

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