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Inguinal Hernia Mesh Failure
Had lap. Inguinal hernia mesh repair 9 weeks ago, feeling occasional sharp (but not unbearable) pain at hip line radiating to below groin. I'm checking with my surgeon anyway, but does this indicate failure of repair or recurrence?
No: Pains ae nit unusual without failureGet a more detailed answer ›
This procedure is: Done quite often by general surgeons. It is best to discuss the risks and benefits of any procedure with the surgeon doing the procedure. Typically any time there is a foreign element introduced in the body it does have the risk to become infected. ...Read more
Hard work: Mesh placed for a hernia repair may need to be removed, either for infection, intractable post op pain of an extended period, or for hernia recurrence. In the latter, the graft should be left in place, and repaired with another adjacent or overlying graft. To remove a graft requires an open exploration, removal of tacks or sutures, then direct removal of the graft. Can be difficult. Good luck. ...Read more
App one year after inguinal hernia surg (Mesh) I still have minor pain and discomfort. Is it normal?
YES it is normal specially with the use of a screen/mash. The question I will ask if your hernia was done open or laparoscopic., and if you had the pain from the day of the surgery, or it just gut worst, and last if you had it since day one, have you asked your surgeon about that pain.
in general it is normal to have long term pain after a hernia repair but you need to share this with your surgeon ...Read more
I have inguinal hernia, what is better: mesh or non-mesh? I want to avoid as much complications as possible.
Mesh: In this day and age, mesh is considered far superior to non-mesh repairs, and the primary reason is recurrence rates. The recurrence rates with mesh repair are much lower than without mesh. ...Read more
18 years ago, I had inguinal hernia mesh repair. I practice karate and do 180-splits (like the kind Van Damme does). Would this tear/dislodge mesh?
Doubt it: If this repair is several months old and the healing complete the mesh should be anchored well into the tissues so you kick should not dislodge the mesh ...Read more
I had a open mesh repair of a left side inguinal hernia over 10 year ago. Sometimes at work I will overlift and I will be hurting for weeks. Normal?
Common: Tough to know exactly what the problem is. Doubt is the mesh if there has been a long interval with no symptoms. Recent symptoms could be a sign of hernia recurrence. Persistent symptoms for 10yrs coul be related to the mesh or technique. See a general surgeon for a consult if its bad enough. ...Read more
I'm a 22y male, 67kg. Recently I had a mesh repair for my inguinal hernia. After 13 days of the operation, the wound gets swelled. Is that normal?
No: You should call and discuss this with your surgeon. This could be a benign problem, but could also be an infection at the surgical site. ...Read more
Contact your Surgeon: This is not normal. Any time there is a post operative complication you should contact your surgeon to make sure that they know something is wrong and to see if they have a plan to evaluate the problem. ...Read more
M28, had rt. Inguinal hernia open surgery with mesh 50 days back. Could I resume jogging now 15 min a day.
Could small recurrence of inguinal hernia be detected with ultrasound. (note repair done with mesh in open style)?
1 yr after inguinal hernia mesh repair I have some pain & numbness at & under incision area. Can I massage these area? Will that help?
Here are some...: Body is in its constant effort to remodel and heal its damaged tissues & organs for optimal functional improvement & recovery but with its uncertain pace & ending point. After one year, further healing will be limited. Local regular gentle massage may help remodeling and healing but with uncertainty. So, try and see. At a point, one has to learn to adopt & adapt to life might have brought to us. ...Read more
Traditional suture repair of inguinal hernia back in 2012. Hernia has recurred. Should I opt for open mesh repair or robotic laparoscopic?
Either: Both are equal and should remedy the problem ...Read more
Are there any tests to check for inguinal hernia in a female? Short of surgery? Had hernia repaired with mesh and then mesh removed. Pain returned
28 m. Had two inguinal hernia surgeries, at last one had mesh installed ~6 yrs ago. How to lift weights safely? Is a lifting belt a good or bad idea?
As tolerated: You should perform all activities as tolerated by pain and discomfort in the area if the hernia repair. If this lots your activities, you should see your surgeon for an exam to make sure nothing is wrong. Some patients unfortunately will have some limitations even if everything was done perfectly, but it should get checked out at least if you are having problems. ...Read more
M58, is second inguinal hernia repair possible. First was done in traditional manner without mesh.
What can be done if the mesh used in an inguinal hernia repair migrated. Could it cause any damage?
Had inguinal hernia mesh removal hernia was left, now pain while doing pushups and situps for pt test, should I avoid these for rest of my career?
See your surgeon: You may have symptoms from the recurrent or residual remaining hernia, or the pain you had previously was not resolved with mesh removal surgery. May need another surgery. May need anesthesia pain management injections if the hernia has not recurred. Needs a new physical exam with your surgeon. ...Read more
One side inguinal hernia the size of an apple, non-reduceable, what is best for me? Mesh no mesh, lapro, open, should rice, suggest other? Which anesthesia? Thanks
Depends: It depends on many factors including your weight, motivation for local anesthesia, and hernia details. Sounds like it will be difficult under local because it is not reducible. Choice between lap and open is up to you, but most surgeons don't do lap, or have little experience with lap. ...Read more
Incorporates: The mesh used for inguinal hernias has been safe for most patients with several decades of experience. They remain inert but is intimately attached to the body with scar tissue. Very occasionally they can irritate the surrounding tissues or cause pain when too much scar tissue is incited. Theorized potential for increased infection has not been seen. It is safe. ...Read more
"Double" Hernias, etc: Controversy exists amongst hernia surgeons which approach is best. In my experience, people return to normal activities faster via laparoscopy. This is most pronounced with bilateral ("double") hernias. Also, people with recurrent hernias originally repaired open benefit greatly from the laparoscopic approach. ...Read more
I had a inguinal hernia surgery a year and a 1/2ago. I had the mesh put in and I am now having sharp pains. Should I be concerned?
Yes: Have your surgeon see you. He/she knows what to do. ...Read more
Extremely painful fluid build up under skin after open mesh inguinal hernia repair. How common is this, and how long does it usually last?
M28, could sneezing and coughing 50 days after surgery cause to recur hernia (note it was large inguinal hernia, repaired with mesh in open style)?
Yes, it's possible: Anything that will raise the pressure in the abdomen can exert the same pressure on a hernia and cause it to recur, despite having just had a repair. While 50 days is right within the threshold of regaining maximal tissue strength, hernia repairs can fail at anytime. Even months or years later. Have your surgeon re-evaluate. ...Read more