Another Jeff

Clyde, NY

#284 Oct 7, 2009
This is a note for Nixaman... How are you doing? Progressing well after your redo surgery?? I do hope so...

I decided not to pursue additional surgery at this point, even though 1 year after my redo with Dr. Goodyear I still need to take regular pain meds to deal. I do feel like I'm very slowly improving, and I'm taking fewer pain meds than at the 6-6 month point, when things were awful, but, damn, his is a drag! I had a great meeting with Dr. Ramshaw in August, and he recommended waiting and staying the course, as well. So I'm hoping for resolution within 2 years!

All best and good luck
Monica in Pasadena Md

Pasadena, MD

#285 Oct 7, 2009
I am trying to find a hernia specialist near Baltimore. Has anyone had experience in this locale?
Another Jeff

Clyde, NY

#286 Oct 7, 2009
University of Maryland Hernia Center or William Myers at Drexel Univ./Hahnemann Hosp. in Philadelphia...
NixaMan

United States

#287 Oct 7, 2009
Another Jeff wrote:
This is a note for Nixaman... How are you doing? Progressing well after your redo surgery?? I do hope so...
I decided not to pursue additional surgery at this point, even though 1 year after my redo with Dr. Goodyear I still need to take regular pain meds to deal. I do feel like I'm very slowly improving, and I'm taking fewer pain meds than at the 6-6 month point, when things were awful, but, damn, his is a drag! I had a great meeting with Dr. Ramshaw in August, and he recommended waiting and staying the course, as well. So I'm hoping for resolution within 2 years!
All best and good luck
Hey Jeff

I had my 3 month visit last week with Dr. Ramshaw and he was very happy with how I was doing. I told him that I get stiff and as long as I doing regular streching that I fell good. I'm think I'm at a point I just need to start increasing my excerise.

I have been able to do some fishing and playing golf with no problems at all.

He said some that it's still normal for me to have some of the twings and that they will continue to get better.

take care
Nixa Man
Scott S

Jefferson City, MO

#288 Oct 10, 2009
Had a left inguinal open repair January of this year. Overall results were good. I do have some issues however. Left testicle now hangs lower than right. Area over repair is totally numb. There is a slight pain during urination and ejaculation, not overly painful but enough to let you know it's there. Have talked to Dr. he said nothing is wrong. Talked to my PCC he also says nothing is wrong. Just my 2 cents worth.
Michael

Port Orange, FL

#289 Oct 12, 2009
I had cancer (seminoma) about 15 years ago and had a mesh with staples inserted to repair the area and a hernia I had. Since it is so long ago my records are gone so I don't know the type, etc. I have always had problems with the mesh repair and it seems like I have some low grade rejection to it. I frequently get pain in the area along with pain in the adjacent intestinal area and then bam a big migraine. I always seem to get migraines when I also feel the hernia repair area bothering me. I have had other surgeries and for sure my body didn't even like some screws put into my elbow when I broke it (they were removed and now it is fine). I know my body doesn't like foreign objects in it and some of the stiches were rejected by my body and pushed out in the original surgery. I can't seem to find any doctor who will take the symptoms seriously and I am just told taking the mesh out "would be a nightmare, and just live with it". I was wondering how I can find a really good surgeon who knows how to redo a bad repair without using any mesh or leaving in any foreign material. I am located in Florida (Daytona Beach Shores) and would be willing to travel if necessary.
Another Jeff

Clyde, NY

#290 Oct 12, 2009
Michael wrote:
I had cancer (seminoma) about 15 years ago and had a mesh with staples inserted to repair the area and a hernia I had. Since it is so long ago my records are gone so I don't know the type, etc. I have always had problems with the mesh repair and it seems like I have some low grade rejection to it. I frequently get pain in the area along with pain in the adjacent intestinal area and then bam a big migraine. I always seem to get migraines when I also feel the hernia repair area bothering me. I have had other surgeries and for sure my body didn't even like some screws put into my elbow when I broke it (they were removed and now it is fine). I know my body doesn't like foreign objects in it and some of the stiches were rejected by my body and pushed out in the original surgery. I can't seem to find any doctor who will take the symptoms seriously and I am just told taking the mesh out "would be a nightmare, and just live with it". I was wondering how I can find a really good surgeon who knows how to redo a bad repair without using any mesh or leaving in any foreign material. I am located in Florida (Daytona Beach Shores) and would be willing to travel if necessary.
Michael:

Check in with the people at the Hernia Institute of Florida, in Miami. They may be able to help you out... Also, contact B. Todd Heniford of the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. Hope this helps...

Good luck...
juliepew

United States

#291 Oct 12, 2009
My hernia operation was in 2004 and I had to have everything removed a month later because the mesh got infected. Now it is the same as pro- op but with so much scar tissue they tell me I would bleed to death if I had another operation. I am managing.
echo

Saint Paul, MN

#292 Oct 19, 2009
well,i'll tell ya. I had a lap surg in 2002 by a doc who said he specialized in this crappy surgery. Never again. I repeat....NEVER< NEVER again. You cannot be helped once the doc has damaged yoou witjh his bullshit surgery techniques. Do it the old way. Thats what really works. I have never heard anyone complain about Herniarepair that was done the old way. I have had several great surgeons (after the fact) tell me they would never approve a Lap surg on a man for hernia repair. Your world will fall apart later. Your strength will go. Your sex life will diminish due to the pain. Your job will be jeapordized and they will end up putting ypou out to pasture just to get you off their asses. The docs that like this method are only trying to play God. The complications are far too many to list. Once it's in, You are F'd up the rest of your life because it cannot be taken out. If they scrape this patch from your stomach, you will never be the same..........guaranteed11

mAKE A FLAT PAN OF JELLO. lET IT SET UP. lAY COMMON WINDOW SCREEN MATERIAL ON THIS LAYER AND POUR A NEW BATCH OF JELLO ON TOP OF IT. lET IT SET UP FOR ONE DAY.(THATS YOUR HERNIA REPAIR) NOW, TAKE THE SCREEN OUT OF THE JELLO WITHOUT DESTROYING THE LAYERS OF JELLO!!! tHATS YOU.8468
Chris

Canada

#293 Nov 3, 2009
It's encouraging to read about your surgery success. Did you have mesh inserted? I have read a few posts about mesh being a problem after surgery and I need to make a decision about mine.
Daniel

Helena, MT

#296 Nov 16, 2009
I had an inguinal repair about 12 yrs ago.Never been right since.Several cat scans & a couple of docters telling they couldnot find any-thing wrong.I too have shooting pain,will loose sencsation in my rt. hip & groin,pulling & & burning.I am tired of living with this.But what can you do.I also am unable to sit long periods of time & or stand.Must alternate to deal.Very frusterating.
ill

United States

#297 Nov 17, 2009
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.
you piece of crap. I work out and have great weight. I had this surgery in 09 and have barely been able to walk for 3 and a half months. you piece
Anon

Browns Mills, NJ

#298 Nov 28, 2009
I do know first hand what all of you are going thru with your complications from your hernia repairs. It really doesn't matter what type of hernia repair you had, if mesh was used, you will always be in pain. The only way to stop this madness, is to file an adverse event complaint with the FDA. The website is www.fda.gov/medwatch the form takes about a half hour to fill out but the fda needs to know that there are many, many people who are having serious complications. On Dec. 2nd I will be a participant in a conference call with them. I, along with Bruce and another person have been trying for many years to have these products deeply investigated and removed from the marketplace. I had a Bard Perfix Plug and patch. That product had hardened and balled up and in doing so captured all the nerves in my groin. I have had the mesh removed but the damage was so extensive that I now have RSD/CRPS. I am told that now there is nothing else that can be done, without making my condition worse. Up to this point, I have had 2 surgeries, triple Neurectomy,approx. 80 trigger point injections. I have been on massive doses of pain meds and anti-depressants. I recently had radio frequency sympathectomy, which helped minimize the burning but didn't do anything for the pain. I wear a portable tens unit which also helps me with the pain. The original surgery was Dec. 2005, just to show you that I have been fighting thru this since then, I continue to fight and try to find a way to cure myself and help everyone else find help.
slotterjoe

Philadelphia, PA

#300 Nov 30, 2009
has anyone been to shouldice in canada? i need inguinal hernia repaired. all the docs here want to use mesh. i want a traditional repair done. does anyone know of a doctor in s.e. pa who does a regular stitch job or a shouldice repair? im willing to travel to ny and nj also. thanks for any info. good luck to all, joe
frank

Bethpage, NY

#301 Dec 1, 2009
Tom T wrote:
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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
I am in pain 2 years-went to 2nd surgeon--says another surgery is last resort. Thinks scar tissue will soften up. Put me om high motrin amt. I am 50 and my life stinks now too.
AllenP

Seattle, WA

#302 Dec 2, 2009
The Old Way done by two places I know of:
1. Shouldice Hospital - long waiting line
2. Dr. Kevin Peterson in Las Vegas -
Both use the old "stitch" repair.
But I believe some surgeons mentioned above will do the old way if you ask without mesh. Go to my previous post on list of surgeons. There was a young lady who liked to run and she had her hernia done the old way and so far has had no complications. The surgeon was a lap/mesh surgeon but she did know the old way. That is because many patients still request it.

Since: Dec 09

Mount Pleasant, SC

#303 Dec 9, 2009
Hey, All..

First, a big hearty "thanks" to all of you for making me feel a whole lot better about my situation. My problems seem minor compared to much of what I've read.

I had a laparoscopic mesh repair 4 months ago, and am experiencing some of the issues described in here - shooting pains in the groin, slight nausea, can't seem to sit comfortably. My Doc said I'd be "good as new" after three months. I'm not. I know 3 to 4 is not a big difference, so I'm still maintaining hope. My Doc was David Pardieck in N. Charleston, SC -- anyone have experience with him?

There seems to be a "hot spot" behind my left testicle that prevents me from cycling at all anymore (used to be avid about it..), or wearing a wetsuit (a job requirement in the summer months -- more scary). I can move the testicle around to press on it and locate it. This came up about 8-10 weeks post-op. Up to that point, it really did look like I was going to experience a perfect recovery. Was riding up to 2 hours hard, running, hitting the gym. I can't pinpoint any particular strain or exertion that started it - it just seemed to "come on" on its own.

Anyone else ever experience this and better, find out what it is? A loose staple? The center of the neuroma that gives me the shooting pains and nausea? Thanks for your input.

So sorry to hear about all these problems. My heart goes out to you.
Howie

Washington, DC

#304 Dec 9, 2009
Dr. Kevin Petersen in Las Vegas does not use mesh. He does a McVay repair which may be better than Shouldice. He was recently on one their TV stations and he offers cash discounts much cheaper than other doctors.
frustrated

Saint Louis, MO

#306 Dec 29, 2009
I had inguinal hernia surgery 3 times in a two year period - 1998-2000. I had the left side done and then the right side done. I felt a tightness after the second one and the Dr. went back in and said something was too tight and he fixed it. the tightness went away. However, ever since then my penis is continually drawing inward and is extremely uncomfortable. It just doesn't hang the way it used to and it is making me crazy. I have been back to the surgeon, my personal doctor and a urologist and can get no answers. I am confident that something happened in one of those surgeries to cause this. Any ideas? Scare tissue, etc?
Howie

Washington, DC

#308 Dec 30, 2009
Happy New Year Everyone

Hope you all do your research. To Presto,
are you improving now? What kind of mesh did they use?

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