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Old Jul 07, 2016, 08:52 AM
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Hernia Repair Using Mesh

I am considering having an umbilical hernia repaired using the mesh technique. I have read nothing but horror stories on the web concerning the use of mesh, but the product is used in most modern hernia repairs. (And typically only those with a bad experience will post to the web.)


I thought that some of my fellow RC'ers, having had a little more than some life experience, might have had experience with mesh repairs that they might be willing to share.


I am concerned about long term pain lingering after the surgery, ongoing infection, adhesion of the bowels to the mesh creating complication, migration of the mesh, hematoma, etc..


Basically, did the surgery and recovery go well for you? Are you back to full fitness afterwards, and if not, why not?
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Old Jul 07, 2016, 11:43 AM
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I have had three hernia repairs (2 inguinal, 1 umbilical), each of which included mesh. No lifting for a month, several weeks of soreness, an occasional "pulling" sensation for a year, two years to regain 90% of nerve sensation, & no complications. It is pure misery living with a hernia (and dangerous). I am 100% pleased with the results and would not hesitate to visit the doc again if another one popped up (pun intended).
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Old Jul 07, 2016, 01:55 PM
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I have had three hernia repairs (2 inguinal, 1 umbilical), each of which included mesh. No lifting for a month, several weeks of soreness, an occasional "pulling" sensation for a year, two years to regain 90% of nerve sensation, & no complications. It is pure misery living with a hernia (and dangerous). I am 100% pleased with the results and would not hesitate to visit the doc again if another one popped up (pun intended).

Thanks for the reply. How long ago were the repairs done?
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Old Jul 08, 2016, 09:01 AM
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Maybe 10 years ago I found a bulge on the left side of my lower abdomen after carrying an 80 pound safe. There was no pain at all but I figured I'd better do something about it. I went to see a surgeon who told me they could put in a mesh patch as an outpatient procedure. A few weeks later I went in and had it done and a couple hours later I was home. I really never felt much pain at all-in fact, I was tuckpointing my house the same day. Never had any problems after, can't even see a scar.
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Old Jul 08, 2016, 09:07 AM
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Thanks for the reply. How long ago were the repairs done?
First inguinal in 2004, the others together in 2010.
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Old Jul 08, 2016, 11:25 AM
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Well, two out of two positive reports! That is a great thing as it looks like I have no choice Thanks for the replies.
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Old Jul 08, 2016, 02:07 PM
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Well, two out of two positive reports! That is a great thing as it looks like I have no choice Thanks for the replies.
This is one of those things nobody tells you about as a kid-"when you're about middle aged, you'll get a hernia." I say that because whenever I tell people about it, they say "oh yeah-I had that too!"
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Old Jul 08, 2016, 02:22 PM
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If you have one, get it fixed as soon as practical. I knew an 84 year old woman with one the size of a grapefruit. She was too old and the hernia to big to fix without significant danger to her life.
I had one fixed about 11 years ago. First two weeks was the pain hurdle. No pain unless I moved. Fairly significant pain going from laying down to sitting up. No pain just standing and walking around. No problems except I had a piece of mesh poke through. Though I had a splinter, then noticed it was a short wire from the mesh that had worked its way out. Makes me wonder what the rest of it is doing.
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If you have one, get it fixed as soon as practical. I knew an 84 year old woman with one the size of a grapefruit. She was too old and the hernia to big to fix without significant danger to her life.
I had one fixed about 11 years ago. First two weeks was the pain hurdle. No pain unless I moved. Fairly significant pain going from laying down to sitting up. No pain just standing and walking around. No problems except I had a piece of mesh poke through. Though I had a splinter, then noticed it was a short wire from the mesh that had worked its way out. Makes me wonder what the rest of it is doing.

Holy smokes!, That is not reassuring :-)
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Old Jul 12, 2016, 04:33 PM
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My wife had a hernia repair with mesh last year, recovery was quick, pain has been manageable and a year later is almost nonexistent.

I would definitely recommend the procedure.
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That is good to hear. The day is quickly approaching (27th)
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Old Jul 13, 2016, 12:07 PM
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That is good to hear. The day is quickly approaching (27th)
My worst problem was it itched where they shaved me.
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Old Jul 13, 2016, 12:16 PM
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I can speak from experience that having hair grow back in sensitive places is incredibly irritating.
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Here's some comic relief for you.
good luck with your surgery.
Buddy Hackett - A Guy Goes to the Doctor (1 min 53 sec)
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Old Jul 13, 2016, 02:46 PM
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I went 23 years with a busted gut. Got the mesh 16 years ago. No problems... I do heavy lifting everyday.... R.
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