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How likely is it that my hernia was repaired using that mesh patch?

How likely is it that my hernia was repaired using that mesh patch?

Very likely: Unless it was done before 1990's or it was a small umbilical hernia then most likely you have a mesh implanted. If you had an inguinal hernia repaired then it is almost 100% mesh repair. Kids are almost never repaired with mesh. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more


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My wife had a spigelian hernia from college sports repaired via a mesh patch about 3 years ago. How should we approach her first pregnancy?

My wife had a spigelian hernia from college sports repaired via a mesh patch about 3 years ago.  How should we approach her first pregnancy?

Nothing special: Should cause a problem at all. Let you OB know if she needs a c-section. Consider getting he old operative report. I have seen many women with prior mesh ventral hernia repairs do very well with pregnancy, and both vaginal delivery and c-section. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I had a right inguinal hernia repair with mesh plug and patch. I developed back pain that caused by my psoas and piriformis muscles that are always in?

I had a right inguinal hernia repair with mesh plug and patch. I developed back pain that caused by my psoas and piriformis muscles that are always in?

Hard to connect : Psoas and piriformis are quite far away from the inguinal hernia repair. More likely to be separate pathology. Need more investigation into back. ...Read more

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How safe is hernia mesh?

How safe is hernia mesh?

Very safe when used: Mesh should be very safe if used properly and in situations that it is called for. The concern is the immune status and infection conditions of the person in whom the mesh is inserted. ...Read more

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What are the chances of my hernia mesh failing.

Low: Some variables of mesh and suturing. BUT the failures are commonly around the tissue! mesh attachment. Be sure to let it heal well before straining it Follow doctors orders! ...Read more

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Hernia mesh problems, or a bigger issue, what to do?

Need eval: Not enough info to go by here, but if you have had a hernia repaired and think there may be a problem, make an appointment to see your surgeon. If not possible, you could find a surgeon interested in hernia repair at the americas hernia society website. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Why does hernia recurr in open mesh ? Why does recovery take 6 weeks ?

Why does hernia recurr  in open mesh ?
Why does recovery take 6 weeks ?

Multifactorial : Mesh does reduce the risk of recurrence yet, no matter how strong the mesh, it often is anchored to inherently weakened tissue. Factors that contribute to recurrence include heavy lifting, chronic illness, obesity, smoking, wound infections, and steroid use, to name a few. ...Read more

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Could a young woman bare children after having three (different) hernias repaired without mesh?

Could a young woman bare children after having three (different) hernias repaired without mesh?

Hernia reapir: is not related to the ability to become pregnant. Pregnancy could stretch out or cause a hernia recurrence in some. Ask your Obstetrician your concerns. ...Read more

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What causes recurrent hernias that mesh does not stay in place. Are there any ithers ways to repair hernias instead of mesh?

What causes recurrent hernias that mesh does not stay in place. Are there any ithers ways to repair hernias instead of mesh?

Recurrent hernias: The incidence of hernia recurrence is dependent on the size and type of hernia, patient factors such as obesity, and the method of repair. The use of mesh has significantly reduced the rate of recurrence, but it is not perfect. When a hernia does recur it is not due to the mesh moving as much as persistence of the same factors which caused the hernia, leading to a "blow-out" ...Read more

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How difficult a hernia mesh removal surgery is?

Can be very involved: In any location it is difficult ; less so in groin position but ventral hernia infected mesh can become a big procedure especially if bowel is adherent to it. ...Read more

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When can I start smoking after hernia mesh repair?

When can I start smoking after hernia mesh repair?

Do NOT re-start: Do not re-start smoking. Quit for good. Absolutely no good thing comes out of tobacco use. ...Read more

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What can be done to cure chronic after iguinal hernia mesh repair?Please help

Pain?: If you are talking about pain after hernia repair, more details are necessary, such as when the hernia was repaired, technique of repair, and details about the pain including location, intensity, aggravating and alleviating factors, radiation, and activity limitation to name a few. Treatment focuses on topical and oral medications initially, and may involve surgery to remove the mesh/cut nerves. ...Read more

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I am 65, have a right side hernia for 15 yrs and deathly afraid of mesh sugery?

I am 65, have a right side hernia for 15 yrs and deathly afraid of mesh sugery?

Two issues: you have a hernia for 15 years. You have a strong fear of surgery. For the fear you should talk to your doctor and get help. This could really hinder your life. For the hernia if it is not too big the surgery is safe and can be done with a camera. You may have a new joy in life after surgery. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it possible to move my hernia mesh after surgery. How will I know of it has moved?

Not normally: The mesh is fixed in place to repair the hernition. If it "moving" then something abnormal is going on and you should follow up with your surgeon to make sure all is ok. Best of luck ...Read more

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How long does it take for your body to get used to a mesh. I had a hernia op 2 mnth ago and am still having a lot of pain?

Variable: You are most likely having pain secondary to the operation itself, with all the tissue manipulation, trauma, sutures and mesh. While significant pain should be subsided (or at least it should be soon), you may have the sensation of something in the abdominal wall, and occasional minor pain for years, but none of this will likely limit your activities. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I had a epithiel hernia operation where a 6x3 inch mesh was installed on my left side. This operation was done in jan 2014 and i continue to have pai?

I had a epithiel hernia operation where a 6x3 inch mesh was installed on my left side.  This operation was done in jan 2014 and i continue to have pai?

Mesh can irritate: The mesh itself can irritate but it is more likely that the pain is from a nerve which was injured at the time of surgery . See the surgeon who did the original surgery !! He/She is in the BEST position to help you! ...Read more

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Is all hernia repair mesh synthetic fabric?

Is all hernia repair mesh synthetic fabric?

No.: There are many different kinds of mesh available for hernia repair. Some products are derived from animal products, or from cell culture products. Each product has specific uses, so talk with your surgeon to see what meets your needs. ...Read more

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Incisional hernia. Is the mesh uncomfortable?

Depends: There are many types of mesh so part of the answer depends on what type of mesh is used some mesh is absorbable or partly absorbable so that can leave less foreign body. Mostly i would answer this one no. ...Read more

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