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

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

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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Hernia mesh problems, cord pain, doctors said too risky to modify mesh because risk of losing testicle, is this true?

Hernia mesh problems, cord pain, doctors said too risky to modify mesh because risk of losing testicle, is this true?

Surgical opinion: You really need to see a general surgeon for a second opinion on this one. The meshes were of course designed to stay and removing them can cause some problems - but usually not as much as not having them in the first place. While nerve pain and inflammation can be an issue, there is usually no major expected risk such as losing a testicle. Talk about all available options with that surgeon. ...Read more

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Had surgery 3 yrs ago for paraesophageal hernia. Mesh was put in. Problems back now. I shake violently starting with spasms. Is this due to hernia?

Had surgery 3 yrs ago for paraesophageal hernia. Mesh was put in. Problems back now. I shake violently starting with spasms. Is this due to hernia?

Doubtful: Esophageal spasm doesn't cause violent shaking. I would recommend seeing your primary care doctor. If there is a concern about your previous paraesophageal hernia repair, you should see your surgeon and may need an upper GI contrast study and upper endoscopy to make sure the mesh has not eroded into the esophagus (unlikely). ...Read more

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Is nanotechnolgy used 2 round the edges of the holes which are in artificial mesh used for hernia repair so no problem occur when fibros tissues grow?

Is nanotechnolgy used 2 round the edges of the holes which are in artificial mesh used for hernia repair so no problem occur when fibros tissues grow?

Not yet: The majority of synthetic mesh for hernia repair are knitted in large sheets, then cut to size with a laser. This smooths the edges of the mesh. I am not aware of any special engineering regarding the mesh edge that uses a form of nanotechnology in the current products. ...Read more

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Can pig abdomen wall or some other part be used in some way 2 repair hernias instead of artificial mesh which creates so many problems and recurrence?

Can pig abdomen wall or some other part be used in some way 2 repair hernias instead of artificial mesh which creates so many problems and recurrence?

Ask about ADM: Acellular dermal matrixes ("adm") are exactly the biomaterials that you are asking about. There are a number of types, including ones sourced from pigs. And yes, they can be used in hernia repairs. Speak to your local general surgeon about this option. ...Read more

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I had a rather large hernia repair with mesh years ago and since then have developed a diastasis recti, will this cause me any problems?

Most do not: But if the issue is where your repair was done, then it may be ventral recurrent hernia and not diastasis. Worth seeing your general surgeon. ...Read more

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My penis is shorter after hernia surgery using a mesh. Will this problem correct itself. Can someone please give me a real answer back. ?

My penis is shorter after hernia surgery using a mesh. Will this problem correct itself. Can someone please give me a real answer back. ?

Possibly swelling: This may be due to postoperative swelling around the base of the penis and in the scrotum and should resolve with time. Have never seen this be a long term problem. As always, check with the surgeon who did the operation if it persists. ...Read more

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I am having umbilical hernia repair mesh this monday. plan to have baby after waiting six months. can mesh cause problem for the baby..

I am having umbilical hernia repair mesh  this monday. plan to have baby after waiting six months. can mesh  cause problem for the baby..

Should be fine: It will almost certainly be fine. I have seen women get pregnant after mesh ventral and umbilical hernia repair with a couple different techniques and mesh and they were fine. Both mother and baby. You will want to get the operative report and discuss with your OB however in the event you need a c-section. A smaller mesh done with the open technique may be bwtter for this . Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have had an abdominal hernia mesh repair can lifying weight cause a diverification recti will physiotherapy help or cause more problems?

I have had an abdominal hernia mesh repair can lifying weight cause a diverification recti will physiotherapy help or cause more problems?

Unclear ?: Not sure what your question is, but in general, you're activity level should be based on pain and discomfort, not the fact that you had a hernia repair or a diastasis recti. By the way, the diastasis will not get better with exercise. The exercise will however probably make you feel better. Hope this helps! ...Read more