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Inguinal Hernia - UltraPro Mesh - Recovery (Page 3)


June 2nd, 2010
Pain in second month
Hey VicM,

From what my Doc told me, the chance of the mesh coming loose is very remote. He tells me they secure it on the inside and outside and said "believe me, your mesh isn't going anywhere".

I think what happens, you learnn to compensate for injuries or soreness and in the first month you can feel really good, because you are using other muscles to allow healing in the incision area. Then later when you start to really use the abdominals again, it is a bit of a strain and you once again have to scale back the exertion and just add a bit at a time.

In my case, I was compensating with my legs. My calves are very strong and I was just doing all I could to not use my abdominals. When I started hiking again. I got a bit of a surprise. Pain. But I'll adjust and learn from that and try again.
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replied June 2nd, 2010
Stitch

Thanks for the info. Before I found this forum I was reading that people were recovering in 1 to 2 weeks. Here I was 6 weeks out and still having pain. At least I can see that there are plenty of people in the same boat as me and now I know that it is just a matter of time (I hope).
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replied June 21st, 2010
Its been one year and 2 weeks since surgery with a mesh. I have to say for the first 6 months I was thinking I am never going to be normal again. After 9 months or so and doing some hard snowmobiling I have to say I feel better than I ever have. No more discomfort, no more pain, I can lift, but still am careful to use my legs. After 2 years of absolute pain and discomfort and suffering, there is a light at the end of the tunnel people, just hang in there and it all gets better. Thanks Heff
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replied June 21st, 2010
Open inguinal direct and indirect hernia surgery recovery.
Heff....

Just wanted to say thanks for the input. I am about 9 weeks out of surgery for direct and indirect open inguinal hernia surgery with mesh on right side. About a 3.5 inch incision.

Because of the extensive repair I could not pee the first 2 days. Just a trickle every 5 minutes.

I think the urine started to back up in me and I had to go to the ER where they put in a catheter and drained 2 bottles of urine at the ER. When I went home a couple hours later I filled the portable bag strapped to my leg 5 times that night because of the backup of urine. I think the urine started to poison me. My whole body was shaking uncontrollably. I also had 3 full bowel movements that same night. By morning I felt like a new person having gotten rid of about 12 lbs of body waste.

Anyway I think I am about 80 percent recovered now. With just occasional discomfort in the area.

I had suffered for 18 months with the hernia (Pain from 4-7 every day) before a Doctor discovered the hernia. All the other doctors could not detect the hernia. In fact they said that I definitely did not have a hernia. Anyway at least I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now I think old age is setting in. Weak knees, bulging disc in back. And to think a couple years ago at age 61 I was beating guys 30 and 40 years younger than me at pick up games of 3 wall handball at the local park. Oh well at least I am relatively pain free now.
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replied June 22nd, 2010
frustrating doctors
Vic, yes I went through the same thing with the doctors! My family doctor said I had a hernia, then I went to the surgeon and he said I didn't. My wife rushed me to the hospital for painful symptoms, couldn't even walk, the hospital did a ct scan and said I didn't have one. I then went to another doctor after a year of pain, he said it was a prostate infection. Then months later he sent me to a urologist and he said I had a hernia and my prostate was fine. I had to take into my own hands and wrote a letter to a different surgeon, and finally blew it right out after throwing horse shoes one afternoon. The surgeon agreed to see me and It was so bad I was in surgery 3 days later. By far this was the most frustrating thing I have ever gone through and don't have a lot of faith in doctors anymore. They are too ready to write a perscription to cure you rather then listen to what your saying. Good luck to you.
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replied June 25th, 2010
2 years, 2 weeks after surgery (original poster here ;-)
Last time I wrote it was 1 year 16 weeks after surgery (about 67 weeks after).

As the original poster, I am glad to see this thread has 32,000+ views, etc... Hope it has been a good source of information. I see the links I posted in the beginning are dead.

Two years ago, I got the newest innovation in meshes.

Anyway, this week I have noticed that ever so slight and weak, dull feeling in the repair area. Its almost nothing, but I do feel something. Over the last year, I jogged, mountain biked, weights (just for tone nothing hardcore), hiked, and drummed, etc... All without worries.

I can press on the area and feel no pain. I guess its true that you're never quite the same after surgery. Again, I debate whether I should go to the Doc...
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replied June 27th, 2010
I am 6 days out of an open, mesh, inguinal hernia repair.

This was quite a small hernia which I diagnosed myself and arranged to have have it fixed straightaway, though because I had this done on the NHS it was about 3 months before I had my surgery.

At present I do not get any pain at rest. I get pain from certain movements and the area itself is tender. The biggest problem is sneezing - I have to abort sneezes mid-sneeze because of the pain.
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replied July 1st, 2010
Inguinal hernia surgery 2 months ago.
I had an open inguinal surgery 2 months ago. It was very painful for 2-3 weeks after the surgery. But then felt a lot better. I've had some pinching sensation where the mesh was placed. But recently I've have pain when sneezing. Should I be concerned?
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replied July 1st, 2010
Of all the things that have caused me pain post surgery (now at 10 days) sneezing has been the worst. In fact it is too painful to sneeze at all. I guess that sneezing must cause a large increase in intra-abdominal pressure. So, I wouldn't worry if sneezing is painful as long unless it had been pain-free previously and had really got much worse.
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replied July 11th, 2010
Hello,
I had a plug and mesh put in for my Inguinal Hernia repair last Friday the 2nd of July, 2010. I am in Extreme Pain, and the swelling and black and blue is very BAD!!! I went back for my post-op apt. five days later and the doctor said it looked like I had internal bleeding. He said it was concerning, but he wasn't CONCERNED!!! Since that apt. I have been to my family doctor, and the E.R. I have had three differnt pain meds. and a C.T. Nothing has helped. The "professionals" that all work for the same health company say it will take time for my body to absorb the blood, that is internally bleeding inside me???? Help please anyone.
Thank you,
Sue
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replied November 1st, 2011
Wondering how you are doing now. There are no too many women posting to this forum.

I have a small inguinal hernia and have elected to "watch and wait" since I have no pain from it. Have 5 kiddos and worry about recovery and complications. Doc wants to use UltraPro and do surgery laparascopically, but says I can wait a while to do it as long as I'm not in pain.

Also, has anyone had a colonoscopy before having their hernia repaired? Any problems with that?
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replied July 15th, 2010
inguial hernia
I had inguinal hernia open surgery on July 2nd on the first two days i had pain when i was going up and down when i was walking and every day i was getting better on the 10th day i went to doctor and he told me that everything is going well and it is healing really good i am working construction the doctor told me that you need to rest for 3 week then you can go back to your work today is my 12th day and i went to meet my office co-worker and i was able to walk good some time i can fell pain but not that much that is when i move wrongly i am good to do sex that is my story until now hope to goes like how it plan for those that they are going for surgery best of luck and those that they did there surgery wishing them good health
One more thing that i am going to shire that i had problem for going to washroom for 3 days thanks God after 3 days i went back to normal that is all ..................
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replied July 30th, 2010
5 weeks since open surgery on a double hernia. Plugs and patches and a 3 inch inicision.
For those that "heal" in a week or two... consider yourself very lucky.
I waaaaaayyyyy under estimated the amount of pain and discomfort i would experience.
Still sore and sneezing is still not fun.
But, a little better every week. Guess it just takes time.
But NOT 1-2 weeks.
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replied July 31st, 2010
Hi, my husband had an operation for an iguinal hernia nearly 3 weekss ago, he has a nice 4 inch scar which is very neat and no problems with. However altho the swelling below the scar has gone, above it ther is still the same swelling and is hard. He was kept in overnight in hospital and the seond day he was home he said he didnt think the op had been sucessful and felt that the mesh had become unstiched and the hernia popped out again. He hasnt told anyone about this nd I am worried, he is right the swelling is still there and is hard. Could he be right and the hernia has popped straight out again!!
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replied August 1st, 2010
2 weeks after bilateral repairs
This is a very good post series, following recovery. I'm just over two weeks from bilateral hernia repairs, and have the ridges and very little pain in the repair area. I have pins and needles pain however just where the penis meets the groin and in my scrotum, though it is diminishing. What I notice is tiredness and variations in pain levels. The first week was miserable since i get up frequently at night to urinate; the pain getting up out of bed was very tough, even with meds. Right now I'm a bit "gun shy" about the pain in my genitals as it seems fairly constant. I'll see what happens in a week.
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replied August 16th, 2010
Well its been a year and aprox, 2 months since my rith inguinal surgery with a mesh. I have had ups and downs all year. feeling great then, thinking I've damaged it. About a month ago I was trying to start my lawn trimmer and felt it tear! I thought the pain and discomfort will pass but 4 weeks later I have gone for another CT scan and am seeing the surgeon in about 2 weeks. The sad part is that next week the wife and I are going horseback riding in the mountains of Alberta. She has been looking forward to this for over a year. I am going to try and get through it but, last year I missed another holiday because of the surgery in june 2009 and now it may happen again.

Numbness has come back around and above the old scar and I it is hard to raise my voice, laugh or cough without having to hold my groin....which is always flattering in public. I also had to go to see two doctors again to get serious about my problem, which also frustrates me beyond belief. I will probably be going for surgery again this time I am pretty sure of that. Thank you to everyone. I will keep you updated.
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replied August 17th, 2010
Inguinal Hernia
I'm a 27 year old male. Just had had an inguinal hernia repaired 11 days ago with open surgery on my right side. A mesh was inserted. Right now the pain comes and goes with certain movements or positions. The discomfort is still constant. The swelling around the 4 inch incision is still present and a lot of numbness underneath. Sharp pains, tingling, twinges come and go. I was very active before the surgery both at my job and my hobbies. I am looking foward to returning to my daily activities but I'm starting to realize that won't be any time soon. My Surgeon gave me two weeks off work. I'm a Corrections Officer and I know that is not nearly enough time now. Thank you all for your posts, I was concerned about the swelling around the incision, but reading some of the posts, I realize it's the norm. I too was having trouble with constipation but I kicked the pain meds after three days and ate lots of fiber and drank a lot of fluids and in about a week was back to normal. I did have some bruising on my penis and still have some swelling on my right testicle. Hopefully the mesh works well with my body and I don't experience ay complications later. I definately agree that Doctors don't discuss all risks involved with this procedure and they under estimate your recovery time. I wish I would have researched more. I'll keep you posted. Thanks agian and good luck to everyone.
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replied August 18th, 2010
Inguinal hernia repair followed by Ventral hernia repair
I am less than 24 hours post op for an inguinal hernia repair . My surgeon inserted a pain pump into the incision. It is called, on Q . It dispenses 2ml of Noropin every hr. for 50 hours. I am virtually pain free . Only when rising from a flat position do I feel a little pain at the incision site. My scrotum has turned black and blue as expected. The swelling on the left side has subsided .Planning hernia #2 repair in ten days. Ventral.My surgeon is one of the best and I have full faith in his abilities. He did my appendectomy a year and a half ago, The scar is barely visible and has no ridge.I am now 57 years old and I believe I have a high tolerance to pain .I've had much worse in my life.My advice, be positive, ask questions, select the best surgeon, one you are comfortable with, and ask the Lord for strength. Remember, surgery is serious business. Follow your doctors advise. Afterall, we are part of the "medical team " . Good luck and may GOD speed.

PS. Any advice on Ventral hernia repair and what to expect will be greatly appreciated
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replied October 13th, 2010
what a long and drawn out thing this has all been...
4 months now this Saturday since my left inguinal open surgery...
i weigh 135 or so..5'10 ..thin ..you could imagine the pain...
the incision is still bumpy and irritated...covered everyday for the last 4 months with silicone strips...the problem is underneath...the healing ridge is a slow healer..and the scar tissue from the monocryl stitches is really a slower than molasses thing to heal...at times painful..others ...not to bother..

sometimes shooting sprites...sometimes not...
i had a ct scan done a month ago to see if all was going well...just guess who did not approve it...you guessed it..the surgeon said after 2 months and 3 visits that he did not think it was warranted....

i had my pcp order it and i never ever had one...so it was good to get the report and to actually see the scan copy...i can see the patch and what it looks like inside...never mind the rest of the scan because i am not a doctor and cannot make out the rest...

a couple of days ago..pain in the groin returned...could it be suture stretching...anyway..enough to bother me for several days...
i am hairdresser so i stand all day...talk about being a nasty grumpy operator....
lets not get into the emotional side either...
being told little and having to figure everything out on your own and from others....
everyones story her is unique..however the one thing that we all have in common is the fact that this everyday occurrence of these operations is by far more painful and time consuming of the mind and body then anyone is led to believe...
never mind the 4-6 weeks out of work with no pay..or the countless co payments for followup's and new doctors....

this entire situation that we are all going through is terrible....
then we find out about the davol/bard patch recalls and the various meshes that break...deteriorate..or are not sterile to begin with that had to be recalled and fda litigation ongoing in rhode island first ..other states to follow....

even the methods we use in America are mostly outdated and specialty hernia docotrs are not located nearby everone...so it is a matter of trusting a general surgeon who performs their method of repair...

word to all...get your surgeon reports at the hospital..you should always have copys aof all your reports...ct scans..mris..etc...
you may need them in case things go on further with other docotrs....

if you feel something is wrong...chances are it is minor...but it is your body and your pain...you have to be an advocate for yourself...i know its a full time job ontop of life...but you must persue all avenues...if you do not trust a surgeon or doctor...get their medical records...ask people you know....get involved in your own surgery....

take things slow...i mean really...truth is healing of this is much slower open then laproscopic...but both have advantages and disadvantages along with your own age and physical condition and hereditary issues....

more later
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replied October 18th, 2010
Swelling after surgery....
I am approximately one week out from my repair. I was just wondering from all the other people that received this type of surgery approximately how long the swelling in the scrotum normally lasts?

Just a time frame. I'll keep you all updated on my progress
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replied October 20th, 2010
I have a large lump near the incision....I'm screwed....tomorrow will be week 6
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