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Stratus Mesh Hernia Repair
A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which the lining of the abdominal cavity protrudes, creating a sac. Hernias are common in the groin, belly button, upper-midline, or associated w/scars. The exact method of repair varies w/the type & size of the hernia as well as patient-factors, however, the basic principle is the same: close the hole, often ...Read more
Non-reactive: Mesh used for hernia repair does not cause an immune or allergic reaction. Your body does respond to the mesh by forming scar tissue and sending inflammatory cells to the area. If this normal response is excessive, you may have pain at the site. If there is red skin, may be an infection. Best to have it checked by your surgeon if you're concerned. Hope this helps! ...Read more
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?
See your surgeon: Depending on the time period after the surgery, this can be normal and need some time for the swelling that is normal immediately after the surgery to subside, or if it is occurring several weeks after the surgery it could mean that the wrap is too tight or it has slipped. The best person to determine this is your surgeon. Who can perform some tests to identify what the problem is. ...Read more
The only way to: Tell for certain is to be examined. The odds are in your favor as most healing has completed within two weeks. Make an appointment to see the surgeon soon for reassurance. ...Read more
I've had iguinal hernia repair and it returned, should I replace the mesh that's on top and start from new?
Inguinal hernia: That is one technique, to open the area, remove the mesh, and place a new one. My preference, to repair a recurrent hernia after an open hernia repair, is to perform a laparoscopic TEP inguinal hernia repair with mesh. This is done in a different tissue plane, is easier to identify the anatomy, and has a lower chance of injuring the nerves. ...Read more
I had a unbiblical hernia repair upen and laparoscopic to add mesh two weeks go. Ii have 15 pounds of fluid that has not gone away.
Where?: Where is this fluid? Do you have a large collection of fluid somewhere or are you just 15 # heavier? If just heavier you can try decreasing salt intake etc to lose water weight. If instead you have fluid in one location see your surgeon ...Read more
Had a laparoscopic hernia repair using mesh. If someone is having pain, but not sure of cause how do you know if MESH has moved, etc. Whataresymptoms?
Yes: 7 months after abdominal hernia repair you should be able to return normal activities, including ab exercises unless otherwise directed by your surgeon. The tissues have healed, and while it will never be as strong as the original, there is typically no prescribed restriction on activities any longer as it won't change your outcomes. ...Read more
Maybe: It is dependent on the type and location of the hernia, what type if mesh was used and the technique that was used to place it. It is also very dependent on what is meant by "not healing well". Stick with your surgeon, but if things don't seem to be progressing, feel free to get another opinion. ...Read more
Depends: One possibility is that your hernia came back immediately. (not good but rare). More commonly there is old blood or fluid (seroma) there that feels like a hernia but will eventually be reabsorbed and go away. Your surgeon should be able to tell you. And Ultrasound or CT scan can help if unsure. ...Read more
Hernia failure: Hernia recurrence is 1-5% after surgery. Poor tissue, obesity, steroid medications, infections and possibly return to heavy work too soon can be some possible reasons. Many causes are unknown. Symptoms would be the same swelling, bulge & discomfort at the hernia site. Would need a physical examination with your surgeon. ...Read more
I had hernia repair (no mesh) on February. I now feel a small lump under the wound. It this a recurrence?
I just had inginial hernia repair with mesh about 5 days ago and its very painful when I cough is this normal?
Yes.: Unfortunately, hernia repair is typically associated with discomfort for "days-to-weeks", depending on the method of repair and size of the hernia. Follow your surgeons advice for pain control. If your pain is not well-controlled, your surgeon will want to hear from you. Rest assured, though: the pain tends to lessen with each passing day. ...Read more
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?
Hernia repair 2/13 for lg. Ventral henias. New one developed recently outside 1 st repair of 8" by 13" mesh. Not inclined to fix this time. Advice?
Consequences: That's the biggest thing to consider. Small hernias are much easier to repair than large ones. ... And especially if you've just had a major hernia repair with a new weakness, it's been 6 months, and an ideal time to repair this small area before it becomes a bigger problem (pun intended!). Good luck! ...Read more
Do I need to know for future reference what kind of mesh used in ing. Hernia repair? They told me it is called ethicon prolene mesh. Is this enough.
Yes: What's just as important is the technique. Ethicon makes more than one type of mesh for inguinal hernia repair. If you were to ever need repeat hernia repair (unlikely), it would be helpful to have the operative report for the surgeon to review. Sounds like you have enough info for everything else. ...Read more
After about 3 months of hernia repair with mesh, my left testicle still hurts... is it normal? I'm worried. Some days I don't feel so much pain though
Yes, mild pain: It is normal to have mild pain, especially with strenuous activity, at the site of an umbilical hernia repair for a few weeks after surgery. Severe pain, or pain lasting longer, is unusual. If the pain is severe, and especially if there is a bulge in that area, you should see the surgeon promptly to make sure that the hernia has not recurred. ...Read more
Maybe: Some intermittent, mild discomfort is common, but more severe pain is not. Call your surgeon for a follow up exam. ...Read more
What can be side effects and complications of biologic mesh used in recurrent hiatal hernia repair?
Few, but...: Biological mesh material actually goes away at it is replaced with your own connective tissue cells. There have been reports of this type of mesh eroding into the esophagus, but it is more likely to be technique related in my opinion, rather than caused by the material itself. It is biologically inert, so shouldn't cause any type of systemic reaction like an allergy. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Strong Pulling sensation one week after tension free mesh umbilical hernia repair? Is this normal?
Subsequent to an umbilial hernia repair with mesh, how long until I can excercise my abs as my abdomen is larger than?
Exercising: After umbilical hernia repair depends on the method used ; should be discussed with your surgeon. There are many methods for repairing umbilical hernias. "tension free" repairs with mesh allow patients to resume physical activity rapidly. However, suture-only repairs may require a longer period of time to permit the repair to fully heal before aggressive exercising; esp. Ab work. See your surgeon. ...Read more
So much research is going on stem cells. Are these cells being used for creating mesh used for hernia repair that can last a lifetime?
Good question: But I am not aware other use for this purpose and I am not sure if thismismbeing evaluated. It would likely require a temporary mesh that would be impregnated with stem cells that formed fibrous tissue while the mesh provided temporary structural support. Current investigations focus in their use following chemotherapy, and for nerve or muscle regeneration following injury. ...Read more
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