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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)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...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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