I had a groin hernia operation just over 1 year ago. Had a 4 inch cut in my lower left abs and the hernia fixed (I was told it was a mesh repair but not been able to find anything in my records to clarify it is was a mesh repair).
Anyway, the operation seems to have gone ok, pretty sore for a couple of weeks after the op and the 6 week check-up the specialist was pleased with how it was healing and said I had good thick scar tissue - which he says is a good sign ... but I still have what seems to be thick scar tissue under the skin just above where the operation cut was made - the surface scar is now almost gone but this lump is approx 1cm above the actual cut and approx 1-2 cm long is still there. It feels hard like scar tissue.
The "lump/bulge" gets slightly sore when I weight train and do mountain biking etc - it is not actually painful but niggling if you know what I mean.
So, is it "normal" to have a lump/bulge still after 1 year of the operation ? Can this still be scar tissue? I still have an area of complete numbness below the cut mark but I was told this is quite normal too.
Any advice ? I suppose it could be another hernia but it has always seemed to be there every since the operation ....
There's some information I asked the administrator to post on this site.
I've been doing a lot of research about hernias and the complications from the meshes as I'm sure many of us are doing, it does not make sense at all, how so many people are suffering like this.
What have you been going through?
We all need to fight together, get the reports filed with the FDA.
My name Is Dawn Dawson and I live in Holland Michigan. I had my first hernia surgery in 2002, right side hernia repair with prolene hernia mesh used, 3x6. A couple of weeks after the surgery I was still in excruciating pain and It concerned me so I continued to go back to my surgeon to get answers. Time and time again I got that there was nothing wrong. Finally he went in and did an exploratory surgery and said that he removed the mesh, which was all crumpled and mixed in with other intestines. He had to go towards my back to get the entrapped nerves and right after that surgery was over I went home and thought OMG!!! This is not normal. The incision site was so swollen that it was abnormal looking, and guess what, 6 years later, and 3 surgeries later the incision site is still very swollen, numb, I can't touch it, My whole right leg gets numb now, My sex life has went down hill, I have constant tingling around the incision site, down my leg and all the way around into my lower back, which is excruciating. I have been to doctor after doctor and no one seems to have answers for me, yet I am suffering and it gets worse every day. I have lost jobs because the pain is so bad I cannot work, Now I have been on pain meds and still it doesn't touch the pain. This is ridiculous and there has to be some answers. When the whole kugel mesh lawsuits came out I was very disappointed because I thought wow, finally I am going to be compensated for all the pain I have been enduring all these years. I was hurt that they were only willing to look at a certain mesh and not all meshes. I had another hernia surgery in 2005 with a different surgeon who said that I had so many entrapped nerves and old mesh in there that it really scared the crap out of me. I feel like My life is shortening because of all these mesh complications and no one is willing to help me. I had horrible rectum pain, infections that were also blown off, the back pain is beyond controllable and the depression has hit the roof. I don't even seem like the same person and it's all because of one simple hernia surgery that went wrong. My surgeon is now retired, and ironically my friend and I saw him at the In and out Mart loaded up on wine and beer, which makes me wonder. Could he have been drinking when he did my surgery? All I can say is any pain that you have after a hernia surgery is not normal, but doctors consistently tell us that it is ok. I'm scared for my health now and in the future, and I am afraid for my relationship. My partner is very very understanding but very sad for what I'm going through, but I can't put them through this for much longer. People need to listen to our stories and take them seriously because we are the ones that knows our body. I"m just sick of it. I'm sick of hurting, I'm sick of complaining, and I'm sick of doctors and surgeons getting away with the negligence.
there is this spot in Canada known for their expertise in Hernia repair but it might be very expensive. they won't even give a quote on their website but it's highly recommended- their method is pretty natural l, no mesh or whatever is used unless absolutely necessary- check their website for more info it's "shouldice.com"
I had an open inguinal hernia repair procedure done in NY 8 days ago but I still noticed a swelling and it feels as though lump is still there- I don't know if it's too soon to come to conclusions- I will check with the surgeon today and hopefully it will be diagnosed as normal-
I am so sorry to hear how you are suffering also. It really is a life changing nightmare.
Have you filed an adverse event report with the FDA? There is a thread on the hernia board hernia mesh complications in that thread it tells you how to file the report. This is important to do, the FDA said they are looking into the complaints they receive from people.
I am disgusted with how many people are suffering from these meshes and no one wants to help us. We need to fight for ourselves on this one and hopefully someone will eventually step up and help us.
Feel free to pm me.
I am living this dreaded nightmare also.