Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair ...
Sonny

Bronx, NY

#22 Feb 19, 2008
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
You may want to try Dr. John Flowers, 6535 N. Charles St., Suite 125, Baltimore MD> He is one of the developers of Laparoscopic Hernia repairs . Helped me out many years ago with a disastrous botched hernia repair. I went down there from NY and was well worth it. You may want to tell him the problem over the phone before you make the trip. Hope this helps. P.S. You should Never have laparoscopic hernia repair, always an open procedure with NO mesh . Only repair with your natural tissue. A longer recovery, but usually much better results.
Sonny

Bronx, NY

#23 Feb 19, 2008
You should NEVER have Laparoscopic hernia repair. If there is a problem, they have to slice you open to see what is going on. Always use the old fashioned open method with no mesh or anything manmade including staples. Just a natural repair using your tissue and stitches. It is a longer recovery, but so what. The chances of it being trouble free is much greater after it heals. Take it from someone who knows. My Laparoscopic procedure had my so-called surgeon shoot mesh and staples into all my nerves including my spermaticords. It took over 5 hours to have all the mesh and staples chiseled out and removed. I have the "distinction" of being the first person in the U.S. to have a botched Laparoscopic hernia repair removed over 15 years ago. Still suffering to this day, although a thousand times better since I had the mess removed. The kicker is that my second surgeon who did the removal, said that I didn't even have any hernias in the 1st place. Now 15 years later, I've developed a real hernia and am scared to death about mabey having to have it fixed, with all the original damage and all. I don't know how it will turn out. Better or Worse. Stay tuned.
jmp

Matthews, NC

#24 Feb 26, 2008
bdl wrote:
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.
What doc did you use in San Diego. I'm scheduled soon and want a good doc. Thanks.
jmp

Matthews, NC

#25 Feb 26, 2008
I'm actually in San Diego although posting from elsewhere. Thanks.
research

United States

#26 Mar 6, 2008
Most of the problems you have been describing are due to the material mesh is made out of and the type of mesh device used. What happens is mesh shrinks. A heavy or mid weight mesh will contract (shrink) to the consistancy of feeling like a credit card. Plugs and kugels shrink even more because you have multiple layers of heavy weight mesh together without any tissues (muscles) separating the different layers.
Light weight meshes from several companies are now availble. They are designed to and proven to correct these issues. The downside is that the are initally a little more difficult for the surgeon to work because they handle slightly differently. Keep in mind that the priorities for most of the surgeons is fast, easy, best for the patient (in that order).
The non mesh repairs have the highest recurrence rates which have been documented in the world literature. they do work for some people who have small indiect defects but their failure rate is the reason 90% of inguinal hernia repairs are performed with mesh.
Mike

Kitchener, Canada

#27 Mar 10, 2008
Just my 2 cents;
I also had a 'non-invasive' hernia repair done, the hernia was back within 4 days of the surgery, waited a year to have the more traditional surgery, that lasted a month, and yes I was following all of the post op instructions, and no I am not overweight or a lay-about! Eventually i ended up at the Shouldice Clinic in Toronto, they do not use any mesh and the whole process is in-patient (4 days) but is guaranteed and worked like a charm. Now, 12 years later I am scheduled for a left inguinal hernia, didn't even consult with anyone else, just showed up at the clinic, they examined me and set the surgery for May. Everyone should consider this clinic - it is the best of the best and all they do is hernias, the same way years and years.
adverse conditions

Lahaina, HI

#28 Mar 29, 2008
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.
I am a 29yr soldier in the US army I am a veteran of 3 tours. 2 in Iraq 1 in Afganhistan. If anyone is in shape it is a soldier.
I do not appreciate your above comment. My weight when i developed the hernia was optimal to say the least. I was 180 pounds and ive never been overweight.
The left inguinal hernia that i developed over the course of my training started as a cramp that refused to go away. The pain felt very much like a groin pull, and for 3 months i dealt with it the best way that i could.
Until my 1st sgt got involved it was diagnosed as a pulled groin. An ultrasound revealed that i had a small hernia and after a mesh repair it has been downhill ever since.
I am currently waiting on the results of my MEB and this will mean the end of 9yrs of service.
Get your facts straight before you spout off.
Nancy Boise Idaho

United States

#29 Apr 13, 2008
I came on hear to see if I was crazy! I just had hernia surgery 4 days ago. I have no feeling in my right groin area except for a terrible buring sensation that comes out of nowhere and feels like my skin is going to burn off. I am hoping it will go away however after reading these comments I am afraid I may have to deal with this forever. Did anyone have this burning pain at first and did it ever go away for anyone? I am a runner and I hope this will not keep me from running. my email is [email protected] if anyone has any answers or comments
AOL

United States

#30 Apr 13, 2008
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.
JJW YOU ARE THE BIGGEST ASS AROUND YOU GET ON ALL THE TOPIX SITES AND PUT YOUR STUPID COMMENTS THERE YOU DON"T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR TWO SENSE TO YOUR SELF ACTUALLY I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE THAT EVERYONE JJW GETS ON ALL THESE SITES AND PUTS STUPID STUFF ON THEM DON'T LISTEN TO THIS CREEP
Nick

New York, NY

#31 May 12, 2008
I think I found my forum. I had open hernia repair in June 07, been fine since then until about 2 months ago when I started working out.

I was doin abs and obliques. Ever since then the area where I had my inguinal open hernia surgery hurts. I don't know if this is normal, I do feel 2 small lumps on left and right sides in same area but they don't hurt and I cannot push them in, it feels like I can get underneath them (lymph nodes maybe). Anyway, I too get burning sensation from time to time along with throbbing, pinching, can't wear tight pants sometimes. And of course, when driving that can be tough as I am constantly adjusting pants, loosening belt, buttons whatever. I am 210 pounds, 6' 3" in in great shape.

Oh yes, this is fun stuff. I feel like everything I am reading here I am experiencing. I am leaving for a week (this weekend actually) for houseboat for wakeboarding. I am going to "tough it out" and then see my surgeon on may 30th to talk about what's going on.

I'll post the results here, and if anyone has ideas on this crap you can email me at [email protected]

Thanks for the eyes and ears, seems like this is a helpful place.:)
c_brainard

Tavares, FL

#32 May 19, 2008
Hi Todd,
Am in the same boat you are. I've only been trying to get resolution for 15 months now. It's been my experience that the doctors are covering for each other or the patch manufacturer. Get a copy of your medical records including doctor's notes and read for yourself if they accurately reflect what you've been telling them concerning your symptoms. My records were so far off I couldn't believe what I saw. I don't know if it applies to your situation or not, but you need to check for your own edification. I know no one wants to believe it but doctors are human, with all the failings the rest of us suffer from. If you find something awry please contact me at [email protected] .Also get a copy of the March 08 Reader's Digest. Check out pg. 37. I have a theory that the doctors try to misdirect patients past the 4 year mark in order to beat litigation. I'm in Florida and 4 years is the absolute limit. It may be different where you are. Again, I may be wrong about your situation, but you NEED to check it. I hope I'm wrong, but...I am also sending a copy of this reply to your email listed in your post. My email address often ends up being sent to people's junk mail folder so if you don't find check there. I check my email about as often as you do, so be patient if waiting for a reply. Please contact me if you discover anything new.
Good luck,
Charles J. Brainard
c_brainard

Tavares, FL

#33 May 19, 2008
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.
I'm 6 ft.tall and weigh 165. Try to guess what your comment makes you look like.
c_brainard

Tavares, FL

#34 May 19, 2008
Mike wrote:
Just my 2 cents;
I also had a 'non-invasive' hernia repair done, the hernia was back within 4 days of the surgery, waited a year to have the more traditional surgery, that lasted a month, and yes I was following all of the post op instructions, and no I am not overweight or a lay-about! Eventually i ended up at the Shouldice Clinic in Toronto, they do not use any mesh and the whole process is in-patient (4 days) but is guaranteed and worked like a charm. Now, 12 years later I am scheduled for a left inguinal hernia, didn't even consult with anyone else, just showed up at the clinic, they examined me and set the surgery for May. Everyone should consider this clinic - it is the best of the best and all they do is hernias, the same way years and years.
I thought about moving to Canada when I was younger. Seeing my mistake very clearly now. Glad you got a good result. C Brainard
Bentley

Seattle, WA

#35 May 19, 2008
I had a left inguinal hernia repair in March '08, which had nothing to do with my active lifestyle, low weight or light coffee drinking. I had a lap-surgery in Dec '07 that put too much pressure in my abdomen which caused the hernia. The hernia was incarcerated and I had to have emergent surgery. I limped after surgery and had a very hard time walking or sitting straight up without having my leg propped up. They went back in three weeks later because I was unable to walk,(seeing as I am a marathon runner this was horrible), they found one of my nerve was stuck in my sutures. They released it and I feel SOOOO much better - best of all I can walk & run again.

if you are having consistent pain that feels like "pitching" or "shooting" ask about nerve entrapment.
Dan

Midland, MI

#36 May 20, 2008
You should ask your doctor about Ultrapro from ETHICON. I am very pleased with my outcome after surgery. It is partially absorbable and leaves behind almost 70% less foreign body as compared to the traditional "heavierweight" polyester/prolene meshes. Here is a link:

http://www.jnjgateway.com/home.jhtml...
Joe

United States

#37 May 27, 2008
Todd Lineback wrote:
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: I have been dealing with issues very similar to yours. Hernia operation 10 years ago. Pain in groin, nerve pain, circulation issues. I have gone through 2 MRI's, a CAT scan, x-rays, and ultrasound and I am at my ropes end. Could you please provide the name of the surgeon who agreed to remove your scar tissue. At this point, I would travel around the world for some relief. Thank you very much.
puneet

Gurgaon, India

#38 Jun 9, 2008
i recently had a right inguinal surgery on 6/6/2008 ... my dr told me not to worry about anything ... 1st day was not painful..but it was somewhat like "uncomfortable" when i sat on my own ...

by the time i sat for 3rd time, i was getting used to it... and finally on the 2nd day .. i started walking on my own .. still there is some sort of uneasiness but i am sure.. it is going to be momentary... posted as on date 6/9/2008... i got myself operated at FORTIS HOSPITAL..

I HAVE SCRIBBLED THESE LINES SO AS TO TELL THAT INGUINAL HERNIA REPAIR IS NOT ALWAYS A NIGHTMARE .. AS IS APPEARING FROM A NUMBER OF OTHER RESPONSES ... I THINK FOLLOWIG DOCTORS ADVICE AND STICKING TO IT FOR 2 TO 3 WEEKS IS THE BEST POSTOPERATIVE SUGGESTION ..

GUYS DONT DELAY IT ... GET IS OPERATED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
puneet

Gurgaon, India

#39 Jun 9, 2008
AND ABOUT SEXUAL LIFE.. I JUST WANT TO TELL THAT I HAVE ERECTIONS AS SOON AS I WAS IN THE POSTOPERATIVE CELL ...
I EVEN MASTERBATED ON THE SECOND DAY
Todd Lineback

Huntsville, AL

#40 Jun 11, 2008
No comment on the last post...good for you I guess.

My doctor is/was Dr. Titus here at Holmes Regional/MIMA in Melbourne, FL. I was as he opened his own practice in Naples I think...a few hours from here. He is a general surgeon with experience with hernia repairs, I had first gone to him about some swelling I had in my left arm...ended up being lymph nodes under my arm. He took them out, they ended up benign even though they were ping pong sized and hard. I think I may have had an 'foot in the door' with him after the lymph node surgery and he trusted me. I'm still feeling much better, none of the former 'stinging' and 'burning' along with sweating now. Charles, that's a good idea about the records...I had, in fact, requested mine from the first doctor and received VERY scant reports...I truly think they were 'sanitized'.
Todd Lineback

Huntsville, AL

#41 Jun 11, 2008
Joe,

I went through all that with my first doctor that performed the first 'botched' hernia surgery, nothing came up as with you. If you're still having those problems, I have to recommend that someone should physically go in there to see what's going on. That's what Dr. Titus did and found impinging scar tissue on the nerve areas...cleaned that up and I'm like a new person now. Back to doing stuff I used to do besides my job (I'm an avionics engineer at KSC): working on cars as a hobby, home repair work, treadmill, etc...

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