June 25th, 2009
Inguinal hernia mesh repair
I have suffered a lot dur to the complications of this infernal mesh repair. Jim from jersey you wrote "to all please do not hesitate to pm me if you are suffering from a hernia mesh or mesh implant, there is much you need to know and what you face."
I don't know what you mean by pm you but I want to hear what you think I need to know.
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replied June 27th, 2009
Wow, I didn't know about the adverse reactions/complications. My friend had a *umbilical hernia* repaired a couple of years back, and they used a piece of mesh. Now they had to do an emergency repair, which is a tough row to hoe to say the least, and yeppers, there was something on the chart about "adhesions", yikes!

I've had a couple of surgical repairs the non-Shouldice way. No big problems to report but it's not a super fun experience, that's certain.

Very aware of the Shouldice clinic/methods here in my major center, yes.
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replied June 29th, 2009
Re: Inguinal hernia mesh repair
SufferinginMiami wrote:
I have suffered a lot dur to the complications of this infernal mesh repair. Jim from jersey you wrote "to all please do not hesitate to pm me if you are suffering from a hernia mesh or mesh implant, there is much you need to know and what you face."
I don't know what you mean by pm you but I want to hear what you think I need to know.


Dear suffering,
I just tried to post a reply to you that took very long to type. It did not go thru. please call eight nine three zero seven nine three. I would be glad to talk to you and answer any questions you may have and hopefuly be able to point you in the right direction in finding help.
Jim
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replied June 29th, 2009
Re: Inguinal hernia mesh repair
GDSM wrote:
SufferinginMiami wrote:
I have suffered a lot dur to the complications of this infernal mesh repair. Jim from jersey you wrote "to all please do not hesitate to pm me if you are suffering from a hernia mesh or mesh implant, there is much you need to know and what you face."
I don't know what you mean by pm you but I want to hear what you think I need to know.


Dear suffering,
I just tried to post a reply to you that took very long to type. It did not go thru. please call eight nine three zero seven nine three. I would be glad to talk to you and answer any questions you may have and hopefuly be able to point you in the right direction in finding help. I forgot area code is six zero nine
Jim
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replied June 29th, 2009
You son told me you were asleep by the time I got the message and called you. He told me to call you tomorrow at about 6PM. I will do that. Looking forward to speaking with you. Thank you very much.
SufferinginMiami
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replied July 22nd, 2009
Hello,

I consider myself a very good researcher and I am having huge difficulty finding a simple general list of symptoms for rejecting abdominal mesh. I can find possible complications of abdominal mesh repair but not very much at all about rejection.

I had several abdominal surgeries due to adhesions development that obstructed portions of the bowel. One of those surgeries was open (9in vertical incision)surgery. My husband became injured at work and because he is twice my size, I developed three small incisional hernias along the incision line. They were causing severe abdominal pain. My surgeon repaired them without mesh and checked around inside and found no recurrence of adhesions from the last surgery (I took Celebrex after reading, as crazy as it sounds, a study on rats that showed rats that were administered Celebrex after surgery developed no or considerable fewer adhesions than the rats that did not). Then, I herniated again taking care of my husband after his spinal fusion but this one was the size of a very large cantelope! My surgeon recommended mesh and while I was concerned about having a foreign object in my body and have a sensitivity to just adhesive tape, it seemed there was no choice or I would end up having yet another hernia repair. It was done laparscopically in September 2008 but because the area was so large, I had 11 small incisions rather than 5-6. After the surgery, I developed a bleed in one of the small incisions and was bleeding under the skin. I ended up in ICU with blood transfusions. At that time, they did a CT Scan which showed significant fluid collection along with the blood. I have had chronic pain ever since and am in Pain Management. In April 2009, the pain couldn't be controlled and I was admitted into the hospital. The CT Scan taken in April 2009 showed that I still had abdominal fluid but it had dissipated "some" since my last CT Scan in September 2008. I believe my body is rejecting the mesh and causing the fluid collection which causes extreme pain (worse when I eat so I don't do that much). I do not show any signs of infection in the scans or in bloodwork. All of that said, again, I can't find even a general list of rejection of abdominal mesh. Any guidance you can give me is greatly appreciated!!!! Thank you for being proactive and helping others! Smile
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replied August 7th, 2009
I know this is a year later than the previous posts but, I wanted to mention that I just had a non-mesh repair of a femoral hernia that was troubling me and misdiagnosed for over 4 years. Although I am only 3 days post surgery I feel confident about my choice of surgeons.
He only performs non-mesh repairs and has an impeccable record. The website for Dr. Kevin Peterson Md is.. noinsurance.com even if you have insurance go here. I was very pleased. And am proud to say I traveled from FL to nevada just for this doctor.
j9
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replied January 22nd, 2010
Need help!
Hi, Yes I had a hernia repair about 5 years ago and I have intestinal inflammation resulting malabsorbtion. My immune system can't fight off infections and I am even having neurological symptoms and inflammation in the brain, with scar tissue calcification in the brain. Every time I drink water, it makes everything worse I don't know why. I need serious help, it feels like i'm dying slowly, I don't know what to do. I'm trying to get report on my surgery from Transylvania community hospital and no-one has replied to a single email or form submission. What can I do, please someone help me.
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replied January 22nd, 2010
Please someone pm me for help or something... SadSad im so desperate.. the patch can be felt through the skin with bumpy hard lumps sticking out.. Sad
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replied January 22nd, 2010
I was told the lumps were normal cause im so skinny it can be felt
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replied March 13th, 2010
Mesh and hernias
I had a hernia with mesh op last September here in Guatemala, and have had niggling pain for a few months (mainly before I got up in the mornings) which has now turned into a lot of pain throughout the day. My side is bloated and i am suffering from fatigue. What do you recommend? Is this dangerous? Jeff, Guatemala
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replied March 15th, 2010
Re: Need help!
INeedHelpPlease7777 wrote:
Hi, Yes I had a hernia repair about 5 years ago and I have intestinal inflammation resulting malabsorbtion. My immune system can't fight off infections and I am even having neurological symptoms and inflammation in the brain, with scar tissue calcification in the brain. Every time I drink water, it makes everything worse I don't know why. I need serious help, it feels like i'm dying slowly, I don't know what to do. I'm trying to get report on my surgery from Transylvania community hospital and no-one has replied to a single email or form submission. What can I do, please someone help me.


Dear Need Help,
You will first need to get a hold of your surgical records, Yoy should be able to get them from the hospital where the surgery was performed , you should also get your records from the surgeon that performed the operation. You will have to physically go there to do this. The hospital and the surgeon will have you fil;l out a form so that you can recieve them. There may be a charge from the hospital for the records but your surgeon should give them to you freely. Explain to him/her that you need a second opinion. As for your intestinal problems, I am not a doctor,and can not give you any medical advice but it does sound as if the mesh has adhered to your intestine, only further testing can comfirm this. You should have an CT SCan of the abdomen and also an MRI if the CT Scan proves negative. An MRI will show the problem area. The Malabsorption is a classic sign that there is a blockage, the mesh has either adhered to you intestine or eroded into it. Either way you need to get help very quickly. You should consider going to the ER if the pain is to much to handle.
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replied July 17th, 2010
hernia repair complications
I had an inguinal hernia "mesh" repair in 2005. From the moment I had the surgery I had problems. I had to go to the emergency room 2 days after surgery for fluid buildup in the groin and abdomen. Now today after countless tests, ultrasounds, CT scans, barrium swallows and so on, I am still in discomfort . My symptoms are, swollen distended abdomen, contstantly feeling the need to urinate, slight naseau, low back pain and feeling fatiqued. I can't excercise because of the discomfort and have trouble wearing my clothes because of the abdominal swelling!!! I have been to countless doctors and reputable hospitals in Phila. . After reading all these stories I now believe my problems are "mesh" related!
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replied July 17th, 2010
Re: hernia repair complications
hampton11968 wrote:
I had an inguinal hernia "mesh" repair in 2005. From the moment I had the surgery I had problems. I had to go to the emergency room 2 days after surgery for fluid buildup in the groin and abdomen. Now today after countless tests, ultrasounds, CT scans, barrium swallows and so on, I am still in discomfort . My symptoms are, swollen distended abdomen, contstantly feeling the need to urinate, slight naseau, low back pain and feeling fatiqued. I can't excercise because of the discomfort and have trouble wearing my clothes because of the abdominal swelling!!! I have been to countless doctors and reputable hospitals in Phila. . After reading all these stories I now believe my problems are "mesh" related!


Dear Hampton
It sounds as tho you live close to me. I to had a mesh surgery that I was unaware of. I thought that the surgeon was only going to stitch up a hernia that he said was thye size of a marble. I had a hernia when I was a teen and all they did was sew it up and I have never had problem after that. I had this surgery in 2005 also. It took me 2 years to find a qualified doctor that knew what was happening to me, but by then it was to late. The mesh had hardened and was acting like a saw inside of trying to cut its way out. I now am diagnosed as having RSD/CRPS due to the severe nerve damage. The doctor I used was wonderful his name was Dr. William Myers, he is yhe chief of surgery at Hahnaman/ Drexal hospitals in Philly. It was a lengthy operation but he did get 98% of the mesh that was placed inside of me. Everyday is still a battle for me but thye piece of mind that almost all that crap is out me is nice. You should call him. He knows what is happening with mesh and only uses it if it is requested, otherwise he will do a shouldice repair. He is a wonderful doctor and a wondrful person. I live in south jersey and am willing to help you if I can.
GDSM
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replied July 17th, 2010
Dear GDSM

Thanks for the doctor info. . I am so sorry to hear about your suffering. This is an awful situation so many of us are in! I will definitely contact your doctor . Do any of my symptoms sound familiar?
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replied July 18th, 2010
hampton11968 wrote:
Dear GDSM

Thanks for the doctor info. . I am so sorry to hear about your suffering. This is an awful situation so many of us are in! I will definitely contact your doctor . Do any of my symptoms sound familiar?


all of them I am familiar with, I am still fighting to get the swelling out. It looks as though there is a cucumber shoved under my skin. I knew immediately after the operation that there was something wrong. I remember the operation I had when I was a teen and was not in as much pain as I was with this one. The one I had as a teen was on my right side. This one was on my left, I am sure I don't need to tell you the immediate pain I was in when I awoke in the recovery room. 2 days after the surgery I was also at the ER because of the horrible pain. I explained to my wife that something was not right, the incision was infected and the put me on morphine for the pain but that didn't even help. I finally found Dr. Meyers after the second surgery that I thought would alleviate the pain. He told me that he has been removing these mesh products from patients for 15 years and has a high success rate. I would reccomend him to anyone.
GDSM
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replied August 2nd, 2010
Mesh Removal Help
Hello Forum:

Thanks to all the posters before me for providing so many personal experiences and such good information.

Like many here, I too am having a problem with mesh used to repair an umbilical hernia about 4 months ago. So far, I haven't had so many problems with pain and discomfort, but with infection. We've been unable to get the incision to heal properly due to infection and/or mesh rejection.

Does anyone here know of a skilled surgeon familiar with mesh removal and in the HOUSTON, TX area?

Thanks.
Jeff
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replied September 24th, 2010
Can the operation be reversed?
I had a hernia patch put in in 2004. For over six years, I've had abdominal pain where the patch was placed. Sometimes the pain is better, sometimes worse, but it is always there. I can live with it, but I'd like to get the patch out of there so I can be normal again. Do doctors do reverse operations and take the patch out?
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replied November 20th, 2010
mesh problems
My name is Haz and i have had a mesh put in and had my testies done too,both of them. i am always having problems and it affects me to the point that i feel im gonna lose my mind......for f..k sake. iv also got ibs and suffer from stress. i think i might of over done but i always feel uncomfortable on my left size. any ides?????????????? i had my ops over three years ago and i am 30
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replied December 17th, 2010
Re: Can the operation be reversed?
Wellyesok wrote:
I had a hernia patch put in in 2004. For over six years, I've had abdominal pain where the patch was placed. Sometimes the pain is better, sometimes worse, but it is always there. I can live with it, but I'd like to get the patch out of there so I can be normal again. Do doctors do reverse operations and take the patch out?


I can't speak to your situation but I am two weeks out from my mesh removal. The surgeon who put it in took it out and did an "old style" repair. I had the mesh in for 6 months so you may have a different situation. I am now hoping to get back to normal. Good luck with yours. Look for an older surgeon who can do a traditional (non mesh) repair.
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