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Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair Complications

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Venkat Konidala

Newington, CT

#1 Jun 6, 2007
6 months back, I had inguinal hernia repaired (laparoscopic method) near left groin. Prolene is the patch type used.
Recently, I tried little jogging and since then I am experiencing some pulling & burning in my left thigh. I am unable to sit continuously for more than 10 minutes. I understand that Prolene mesh is not there in the FDA banned patch list. Anybody has information about these symptoms. Please help me by posting your comments. My email ID is [email protected]
Venkat Konidala

Newington, CT

#2 Jun 6, 2007
My email ID is [email protected]
Sorry for the inconvenience.
Todd Lineback

Huntsville, AL

#3 Jul 19, 2007
I had a double hernia operation in August 2003, and have had a variety of painful problems afterwards. Not too soon after the operation, it was apparent that something wasn't right. I had numbness in my right thigh and pain that became excruciating...the double inguinal hernia was on my right side. I ended up with a Staf infection internally and ended up on antibiotics. The numbness was determined to be a nicked inguinal nerve. I had painful bowel movements and couldn't eat more than a light plateful of food at a time....and I'm not a big eater usually. If I tried to eat a full plate of food, I would break out in a sweat from the painful pressure and discomfort in the 'repaired' area until I either had a bowel movement or the food had moved around in the digestive process.

The doctor ended up prescribing me Neurontin, it helped some but not really solving the problem. I kept being told that it will go away. But it's going on 4 years now and whenever I 'trigger' it I'm in alot of pain again and again. I 'triggered' it badly about a month ago and am trying to get another doctor to help me. I've had MRI's, CAT SCAN's, and X-rays of the area as the former docttor thought maybe something was either moved or left there....didn't find anything.

I drive an hour to work, and it wears me out by the time I'm to work....can't really sit too long, or stand too long...I actually get a tingling/numb feeling in my right thigh/genital area...not good.

I think I'm going to have to live with it unless my latest doctor (seeing him tomorrow...7/20/07) can figure something out.

my email is: [email protected] though I don't always check it daily so be patient.
Todd Lineback

Huntsville, AL

#4 Sep 13, 2007
UPDATE:

My current surgeon went in, found ALOT of scar tissue impinging on my inguinal nerve and surrounding area, cleaned that up. I feel like a new person now, still sore from the big cut he had to do in me to get all around in there but doing MUCH better

-Todd
veronica

Calhoun, LA

#5 Sep 30, 2007
i had laproscopic hernia repair july 7, 2007, am very uncomfortable sitting up and driving, having a pulling sensation and genral dicomfort in my left side of my pubic area, surgeon has been very nasty and said she doesn't see why I am hurting, i had mesh inserted.
Bruce

United States

#6 Sep 30, 2007
veronica wrote:
i had laproscopic hernia repair july 7, 2007, am very uncomfortable sitting up and driving, having a pulling sensation and genral dicomfort in my left side of my pubic area, surgeon has been very nasty and said she doesn't see why I am hurting, i had mesh inserted.
Veronica,
Please go to the other Topix blog "FDA warns of Death"... There are numerous people on that blog with your problem. The mesh is absolutely likely your problem, you are not alone as you will see. Please search on the net "Parviz Amid" and the word "Meshoma" together. He has a research article Titled "Ilioinguinal Neralgia". Your type of pain often caused by impingement of the one or all three of the main nerves: Ilioinguinal (Very Common), Iliohypogastric or Genito-Femoral (likely your injury. Entrapment of the nerves by mesh, suture or scar tissue describes your symptoms if they occured post-op. Your surgeon knows this, they are taught this when they install the mesh to be careful of damaging the nerves. Often the mesh migrates slightly, can fold/roll or crumple in a ball (Meshoma). Hard to see on CT. E-mail me at [email protected] I will help you, try to refer you to surgeon who knows. Yours and others who say "Its not the mesh" just don't want to get dragged into a lawsuit...So you suffer. I need to know your complete symptoms, where mesh placed, product name and lot #. Please contact me ASAP, I am completing a database of mesh complications for (hopefully) an FDA review. I will tell you how to file an adverse event report.

Feel better and don't give up!! Try to laugh as much as possible..

Bruce
mollcoop

United States

#7 Oct 30, 2007
I, too, have had problems. Its been 4 years since my hernia repair but I have pulling, pinching pain on my right mostly when I sit or drive. I had prolene mesh. Doc says its just adhesions and continue to work out as normal. Any advice? Should I have the mesh removed??
Jennifer ([email protected])
JJW

United States

#9 Nov 27, 2007
If you peopple would lose weight and stop drinking cokes and coffee your hernia would stop hurting. Plastic does not hurt you thats an email hoax from long ago.

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#10 Nov 29, 2007
JJW wrote:
If you peopple would lose weight and stop drinking cokes and coffee your hernia would stop hurting. Plastic does not hurt you thats an email hoax from long ago.
Amazing! So thats the solution! I was told to gain weight. Oh yeah, that burning, pain hard lump . Is all in our heads. Thanks for the info
JJW

Dallas, TX

#11 Dec 5, 2007
Just had hernia surgery 1 1/2 days ago had Prolene single ply on top and another on bottom. No swelling or purple marks. One pain pill only 500 mg pill and nothing at al hurts. Testicles and same length. Have been walking down the street. Had belly button repaired also. Had specialist. He got mad and bitched while in recovery room for asking 3 weeks worth of qustions face turned red.
Jay Dunham

Vera, OK

#12 Dec 7, 2007
I wonder if my pain is from a similar cause, though it is different. I had an open bilaterl inguinal repair done a month ago. I am suffering episodes of pain that are absolutely excruciating, literally "stop, drop and roll" events that last several minutes. They are exclusively on the left side, where I had a repair done abot 15 years ago.

My surgeon is an M. Deity who figures I can't understand anything expressed in polysyllabic terms and just tells me its "normal". IT'S NOT!

Could you refer me to the research you've done in this area? It seems you have a good grasp of these things and have insisted your way to an acceptable outcome. I'd like to get there, too, but not wait several years.

Thanks

Jay Dunham
[email protected]
Todd Lineback

Huntsville, AL

#13 Jan 22, 2008
Well it's been over three months since my 'second' hernia operation and I'm feeling 1000% better. Mainly scar tissue or better known as 'adhesions'. By the way, I am not, nor have I ever been overweight...I live an active lifestyle. My hobbies include alot of outdoor activity along with restoring cars,etc...most of my hernia problems have been with me since youth, it's just that it got worse over the years. That happens alot, it seems.
Todd Lineback

Huntsville, AL

#14 Jan 22, 2008
Jay....the main problem I had was finding a doctor that would even touch my records, you may have to find a good referred surgeon out of your area. Most all surgeons in my area would not even see me after I told them that I was not getting anywhere with the original surgeon. I could say that I was not going for a lawsuit until I was blue in the face but that didn't make a difference. Finally, I got lucky and received a referral from my 'new' PCP to the surgeon that did the 'second' hernia surgery.
bdl

Bonsall, CA

#15 Jan 24, 2008
three days ago i had double laprascopic hernia repair. overall it went great the hernia deosnt hurt at all and i am now able to get up and walk comfortably. the first day i thought everything went well untill i tried to pee. as it turned out the gas that they pumped in my stomach had put to much pressure on my blatter and caused dammage to it, the pee that i managed to get out was very bloody and had big blood clotts, i called my doctor and told her, she said it was normal to have complications urinating after surgery because of the swelling, so i tried to handle it. later that night it got so bad that no urine was coming out at all, it hurt so bad i asked my mom if she could take me to the hospital, even knowing that i would be getting a catheter, but i didnt care the pain was so bad i thought i was going to die. when we got to the hospital we checked in and they got me in imediately, they put the catheter in, which hurt like shit, but felt great after it started draining my blatter. after about an hour the draining stopped. over all i ended up peeing out 3 leters of fluid that was bloody and clotty. they said my blatter was so expanded with all the fluid that if i didnt go to the hospital my blatter could have ruptured or tore. the day after i went to a urologist, who was super cool and just said that i should keep an eye on the color. now it is tree days after and the urine is nice and yellow like normal, im stoked.
to anyone that is thinking about hernia repair, it is totally worth it, from my expirience the hernia pain was almost not even noticable, no numbness or damage to nerves or anything. the only advise i can say is if you have blood in your urine, keep a very good eye on it, dont listen to what anyone says, you know your body better than anyone else, if it starts to feel like its getting clogged up goto the hospital, trust me it will be much worth it. also walk a lot it will help with the pulling and straining when getting up and down....and to that prick "JJW" who wrote
"If you peopple would lose weight and stop drinking cokes and coffee your hernia would stop hurting. Plastic does not hurt you thats an email hoax from long ago.
it deosnt matter what you weigh or what you drink anyone can get them, im 18, a really compeditive surfer and have almost no body fat and i still got one. and honestly its the active people who tend to get them more like football players who are always in the gym lifting weights and all that which causes them anyways.
James

United States

#16 Feb 4, 2008
I had my 2nd hernia repair one left and right. 1st Modified Bassini & 2nd also without mesh in December 2007. I finally found a Dr Kevin Petersen Las Vegas who only does open method and would never use mesh. In fact most of his hernia business is re-do wadded, folded or moved painful mesh removal. His non-mesh repair went ok, but he would not work on my spermatic cord entrapment by open method. I am now seeking out a very competent Laparoscopic surgeon who could release my impact trauma scar tissue trapped cord without ruining my intact Modified Bassini. Anyone have names in California?
Dan

Milford, CT

#17 Feb 5, 2008
I recently had a ventral and inguinal hernia repaired mesh called "PARIETEX"..it is unlike any other mesh out there, my surgeon said it is a woven polyester...it is soft and doesnt become hard like other meshes over time. I was back to work after the long weekend!

Ask your surgeons about Parietex...I think Covidien is the company that sells it. Good luck.
Tom T

New York, NY

#18 Feb 7, 2008
Todd Lineback wrote:
UPDATE:
My current surgeon went in, found ALOT of scar tissue impinging on my inguinal nerve and surrounding area, cleaned that up. I feel like a new person now, still sore from the big cut he had to do in me to get all around in there but doing MUCH better
-Todd
Hi Todd
Read your post, I too had inguinal hernia surgery last July. A mesh was put in and I have never felt right since. I too think I will live with this pain for the rest of my life.
My doctor, a surgeon for 32 years can't explain my severe burning, tingling needle pinching pain from my groin. He's put me on Neurontin, Vicadin,
Oxecoten, sent me for 2 Cat Scans and reports come back normal. I went on my own for a second opinion and 2 doctors after hearing I was having complications told me to go back to my surgeon, he would know best. I've been on the Net trying to do my own diagnosis and believe there could be nerve entrapment, something wrong with the Mesh, or scar tissue that needs to be cleaned up. I made these recommendations to my surgeon again and he felt I was jumping the gun and that hernia surgery in a 55 year old guy could take up to a year. I'm not buying that. I've always been in perfect health, never had surgery and been a gym rat all my life. Now my quality of life Sucks and I have no answers.
Does anybody have any suggestions, any names of Doctors in NYC area that wouldn't be afraid to go back in an correct what's wrong. Down and out in NY
Todd Lineback

Huntsville, AL

#19 Feb 12, 2008
The Neurontin helps with 'nerve blocking', I'd stay away from the Oxycontin...doesn't help and makes you silly. It does take some time to 'get back to normal', but it is likely that you may have 'adhesion' issues...nerve impengement (sp). I'm learning that happens more often than not and usually doctors have to go back in and clean up the scar tissue. I wish you luck!

take care...
presto

Saint Louis, MO

#20 Feb 12, 2008
I had inguinal hernia surgery (laprascopically) about 11 days ago. I really felt like I turned a corner about three days ago, but now it is so much worse. I feel lots of burning. Can't sit for too long or stand for too long. Wearing pants that are tight around the waist is uncomfortable. I have shooting pains from time to time. Any ideas on what would cause the set back? My e-mail is [email protected]
presto

Saint Louis, MO

#21 Feb 12, 2008
sorry, the e-mail is [email protected]

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