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Can a hernia repair and a prolapse repair be performed during the same operation? can a hernia repair and a prolapse repair be performed during the same operation?

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Dr. Mohamed Ahmed
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Yes, : Yes, if no mesh is being used for your hernia repair. If a mesh is required i would advise you to have 2 seperate procedures. Mesh infection is a nightmare that i wish no patient go through. If you really dont want to have 2 procedures and willing to take the risk then discuss the biologic mesh option with your surgeon.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
It : It depends on your overall medical conditions, and the possible difficulties or risks with each individual surgical procedure. I also do not know where your hernia is located. Often hernia repair surgery is performed with mesh, and if performing a "prolapse" surgery in the vaginal or rectal area, then cross-contamination and infection risks would be increased, possibly making hernia surgery repair with mesh not a good option at the same time of a "prolapse" surgery. Also if one of the surgical procedures is expected to be long or more complicated, then 2 surgical procedures at the same time may not be indicated. Lastly, I do know if you have found one surgeon who performs both procedures, or if you would need to find two separate surgeons who have expertise in the two different surgical procedures to work together at the same time. It may be difficult or medically not in your best interest to have 2 surgical procedures performed at the same time, but you would need to review all of this with your surgeon as each person's conditions are unique.

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