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Hernia Surgery Recovery.... Weight loss & Mesh

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I just had hernia umbilical hernia repair surgery with mesh (6 days ago). Currently I am 20 lbs heavier then I would like to be. I am wondering how in the future the mesh will affect me in terms of pain and weight loss/gain as I know the mesh does not behave exactly like normal body tissue. Thanks.
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replied September 7th, 2010
Approximately 1 to 3 percent of patients will go on to have some chronic pain in the area of their hernia repairs. In terms of physical activity, the more strain that is placed on the repair, then the greater the likelihood of pain and hernia recurrence. On the other hand, abdominal obesity is also a risk factor for chronic pain and hernia recurrence.

A gradual transition into moderate levels of exercise, beginning 6 weeks after hernia repair, is what I advise most of my own hernia repair patients. HOwever, you should check with your surgeon, and ask him/her for advice on this topic.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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