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Jan 6, 2011
 
List of recommended hernia surgeon from Case Western Reserve

1. Dr. Shirin Towfigh
2. Dr. Bruce Ramshaw, FL
3. Dr. David Grischkan, OH
4. Dr. James Goodyear
5. Dr. Peter s. Billing, Edmonds, Wa

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Jan 6, 2011
 
I had inguinlal hernia mesh surgery on Dec. 2, 2010. Within days I got an infection. First I went to the ER. They did a CAT scan and diagnoised me with Cellutitis...a rapid spreading deep layer skin infection. They gave me an antibiotic shot and sent me home. The next day, I went back to the surgeon's office and showed him the infection. The skin never opened or leaked pus but it was definately infected. He immediately sent me to the hospital. They put me on "a stron antibiotic" (the surgeon's words). I got worse and broke out in a rash with unbearable itching. I thought I was going to die and wished I would the itching was so bad as well as the pain. The nurses never made any notes of my condition for the doctor to know what I was going through or he didn't read the notes. Two days on that medicine nearly killed me. At the end of the second day, I told the nurse I refuse any more of that IV antibiotic. She told me the infection would get worse and I could become deathly ill...I was already deathly ill. She put in a call to the surgeon and he called the following morning just before they were due to start the next IV of that antibiotic. It was then that the surgeon realized that I was allergic to that antibiotic and that it was doing nothing to improve the infection which grew worse each day. I told the doctor to put me on a cephlasporin to treat the infection. He did as I asked. The infection began to clear and the rash began to clear. Two days later I was told I could go home with antibiotic pills. They prescribed Doxocyllin. I was in shock and asked my surgeon why he would change from a cephlasporin which was working...he shrugged his shoulders. The Doxocyllin was prescribed by a disease specialist...not my surgeon. A day at home and I got sick again. I called my surgeon's service and told them I needed a cephlasporin; the doxocyllin was making me very sick and the rash was returning. She gave me a hassell and told me I would have to call the prescribing doctor. I told her the surgeon was my doctor and if he refused to treat me, I needed a call back immediately. She called back and told me that my surgeon would prescribe a cephlasporin for me. I had to take it for ten days and now I am much improved. I still have pain and intense burning in the surgical area. I would think the pain would be gone at this point. I write this to let all who are concerned that if you do not get the correct antibiotic, the infection will not clear. That might mean you have to do some leg work, but it is worth a chance. If you still have an infection, ask your GP to run a blood test to see if you have elevated white blood cell count. If you do, the infection is still in your system. Ask him to have a culture done to find out what type of antibiotic will clear this infection. If that cannot be done, find out what antibiotics you have already been on and perhaps you need a different medication. My surgeon assumed the antibiotic I was first given at the hospital was strong enough to wipe out the infection...he was wrong. I was fortunate to have researched the best medications for a staff infection and asked for one that would cure the type of infection I had. I'm not a doctor, but I knew I was getting worse by the day. There are times, we must investigate the medications we are given and ask for help. that applies to all medical situations. The doctor does not know exactly how we feel unless we communicate our pain/symptoms to them. We cannot assume the nurses at the hospital will do that for us as they are now so overworked. Best of luck to all of you. I will try to let you know if the pain ever goes away and would appreciate any imput regarding how long this pain usually lasts...I mean the burning sensation...does it ever go away?
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Jan 6, 2011
 
Richard in Montrose Co wrote:
<quoted text>Dear tiredofitall12, It sounds as if 1. you have an infection and 2. those are the classic signs of the body having an adverse reaction to the mesh. Nerve entrapment "might" explain the pain and burning down the leg.I had a right inguinal hernia surgery with mesh. It had to be removed and I had several surgeries to "stop" the pain. I have the same type of pain as you especially if I have been active or really tired. The Dr.'s have said that is because of the nerve being entrapped by the mesh or possibly by scar tissue.( not to mention several staples that were left behind. Which apparently is "normal" God Forbid!) Although a neurectomy "can" solve the nerve problems, it DID NOT work for me and most recently to a friend of mine who has the same pains. I would be hot on the Dr. about 2 mos. worth of diarhea though. That must be an infection or possibly some sort of pressure or damage from your surgeries, mesh that remains ( if you had a removal.) or from some other source that may or not be related to the mesh. Whichever it is, that needs to be addressed now. Unfortunately my friend you have joined a host of other folks in this country and elsewhere that have been used as a guinea pig. There is nothing I can say other than I am so terribly sorry for your suffering. There are some great people on this site that have a lot of experience with meshoma and hopefully we can help you get some sort of relief. Even if that relief is only the knowledge of what is happening to you. But firstly is to get to a competant Dr. that you trust. Good Luck and Keep The Faith........rmh
Thank you. I'm scheduled for a procedure next Wednesday for them to look in my intestines. I don't think they'll find anything wrong there. I wish I could get a doctor to look at the mesh. I'll keep working on it and I hope you feel better. Did they take the staples out?
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Jan 7, 2011
 
Im trying to contact Dr. Shirin Towfigh
and have been unable to find a number or email for her! Does anyone have her contact info?? thank you for any info you can provied!!
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Jan 8, 2011
 
Hello Becca and tired of it all,
I does appear we have all experienced infections. Becca dont beleive the infection is gone unless your doctor does a white blood cell taggging scan. I to got an infecton right after my first surgery it went undianosed for about eight months and i was alergic to the first antibotic. not till i went to a infection specilist did i start geting some answers. I had four patches implanted and a list of complication. after a year of suffering and many trips to my surgon and the emergiency room. I learned the patches were all infected my surgeon said i had more hernias but when i called my infection Dr she would not let me have another surgery unless I was off antibotics for three months withou a reoccurance. My two dr were not commucating or even trying to avoid my problem. Any ways I went to another state and found out that one of the kugle patche were broke and the bulging in my abdomin was not more hernias rather my vital organs were mangleg by the broken patch an infectecd, of course I had emergency surgery. Strange I went back and fourth for a year trying to get answers I did not get them untill i went to another surgon in another state. the first visit iHad with my new surgon I was sent to have emergency surgery.. but of course I had only one of the patches removed and after I finished five weeks of iv antibotic treatement I returned home. when they stoped the IV treatement i started complaing I felt the infection again... my loacal dr didnt listen..again it took four months before the infecton showed on blood test... now the infection Droctor was quit courios about what of the heck was going on...she treated the infection and did the white blood cell tagging scan I was clear of infection... the pain was not gone my legs were still hurting and the burning itching and stabing pain was still there..she sent me to a pain doctor and it has been the best thing that has ever happen... I was percribed gabapentin 300Mg, this is a sezure medication... with in two days the burning, itching, and stabbing pain is gone my groin pain is gone the mussel spasam are gone. The constriction of my mussles around the hernis sites is gon... for the first time in two years I feel I have my life back... She also percribed vicodin. I havent really taken that just once or twice in the last few weeks... I am beside my self I thought this pain would never stop... I have found the help I needed. My infection dr has stuck with this through the end. I am very complicated because I have four patches and they all have thier own issues. I was worried I would have to have the three other patches removed and lose the mussles in my pelvis.. but the infection dr followed through and took care of me. Becca Again dont beleive the infection is gone untill you have a white blood cell tagging scan. Find a infection specilist. My body is rejecting these patches and infection will at some point come back but for know I am infection free and other than tendeness around the hernia sites i am pain free. God bless you all and I hope All of us find the help we need.
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Jan 8, 2011
 
Thank you for writing. I really appreciate the input. I was seen by an infection specialist in the hospital. He is the one who sent me home on Doxycycline. I don't think I could take 5 weeks of IV treatment in that hospital. None of the nurses washed or used hand sanitizers on their hands either when entering or leaving my hospital room. The floors or bathroom were not cleaned in four days when I was there. This is the only hospital my doctor works in...great!
Thank you for the information on the white cell scan. I never knew that was possible. However, I did mention to my surgeon I thought a blood culture should be done to make certain I was taking the right antibiotic....he didn't think it needed. Since coming home and doing some research, I think he should have done just that. Again, I'm not a doctor. I also found out the initial IV antibiotic, Tygacil, can be life threatening if given to people with allergies to Pennicillin...I am. It was no wonder I was getting sicker by the day. I also read it was important to check liver function while on this antibiotic. That didn't happen to the best of my knowledge.
When I sleep on my right side (that is where the mesh is located), the lump seems to get larger in the morning. After I'm up for a while it isn't as hard and gets smaller. Is this normal?
Yesterday, for the first time since my surgery, I went shopping for a sale. I was on my feet for several hours but never lifted anything heavy. Later that evening, I put my feet up in bed to rest and I got horrid cramps beginning in my left thigh area and moved down to the calf. This is the opposite side of surgery. Some pain also radiated to the left side thigh. The pain got so bad I could hardly walk.
I thought maybe it was potassium imbalance and quickly drank some electrolyte solution and the pain began to subside. I don't understand how I could have a potassim shortage because I had that test within the last two weeks and it was normal. Does that mean something might be going on inside so that I am not absorbing the potassium? I won't be able to see my GP until Monday but as soon as I can get there, I will ask him to do a white blood cell scan. The site is no longer red but has a huge bump at the site. Is that normal. It has only been five weeks since the surgery but I know something is not right...I just don't know what.
tiredofit all mentioned about staples being left in the body. Is that normal proceedure? Years ago, I had gall bladder surgery and they did leave staples inside the body...I thought it was normal. I wish now I had never had this surgery.
The pain that goes down the legs starts when I put my feet up or am lying down...I lay on my right side...the site of the incission. It started again today when I went to take a short nap. I think it could well be never endings which are effected.
Again, thank you for the assistance. You have been most helpful. I guess the burning never goes away...at least it has not for you. However, I am glad you got some pain relief from the other pain. Isn't gabapentin the generic for Neurotin?
Becca

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#3933
Jan 8, 2011
 
MotoDiva, I had the Bard mesh put in and have had problems ever since. Bard is the parent company for some of the other brand names of mesh patches. I have pain at the incission site after an infection and am now getting pains down the legs when I am up for very long...as well as an odd pump at the top of the incission. If I lay on my right side the lump gets hard (the inguinal hernia surgery was on the right side). I'm starting to get a little nervous about the lump. My doctor told me the sweeling would be gone in 5-6 weeks...it's been 51/2 weeks...close to six. But it is the change in position which I find more startling. It seems the sweeling is moving upwards. I have no idea if this is normal.
I wish you luck and will let you know what I find out.
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Jan 9, 2011
 
Hello Becca,

originally the first antibotic I started with was sufla, seven months after the first hernia surgery, and seven months of pain and despair and trips to the er room. I started the sulfa but I had a reaction on the eleventh day, that is when the surgon sent me to a infection dr.
She put me on doxicyline. She said the patches were infected that was obvious, but she also said they cant be removed, at least not in the state that I resided in.
Her plan was for me to take doxiclyne. She said i could be on some type of antibotic forever. so i took the antobitic and it did help. After three months I could at least wake up every day but as soon as I started moving the hernia patches started contracting, throbing and tearing, and a fever would always acompany the pain.
What no body knew is one of the patches were broke and cut through my inststins. I knew... I went to the emergency three days after my first hernia surgery, my concerns were dismised my sympons were dismised.
in addition, I continued to have another surgery six weeks later, where they implnated three more patches in my plevis. Ironcially this surgery was cancleded and rescheduled two weeks later because i had a fever of 103. My concerns about the first patch and my new symptons were dismissed.
After both of these hernia surgerys i developed new problems of course there was tenderness around the hernia sites and now i had severe pain in my groin walking was imposible. The swelling in my abdomin was most concerning and when my finger started turning blue i knew i was in trouble.
I took my concerns to the infection dr and the surgon who didnt even seem concerned with my blue fingers and for swelling in my abdomin the surgon said it was more hernias and scheduled me for a third hernia surgery.
I informed the infection dr about the up comming surgery plan. She was not straight forward but i could read between the lines. She said I could not have a surgery without being cleared of infection. I was scheduled for a day surgery my infection and my blue fingers were not even a concern. Based on previous conversation with her and her beleif that the dr did not have the experience or the facilities to preform such a operation, I beleived i was entering into to a life treating experience. she didnt beleive i had more hernia and either did I. I beleived the dr had no idea what was going on as he stated he was going to implant more synthitc mesh.
know i knew the patch was broke even though the cat scan showed nothing and the dr denied it.I got scared after talking to the infection dr. the surgon was not sure what was going on and intended to implant more synthtic mesh. I took the advice from my infection dr and found a surgon at a university hospital in californis which was not hard i just knocked on a friends door in california and got the name of the dr who saved him just a year before he had a broken patch as well.
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Jan 9, 2011
 
Becca, it is not just the pain that we who have mesh suffer from, it is everything else the dr who dont reconize the complications the er room that just inject harmful drugs and send you home with life threating conditions.
From my experience if you are complaining about the mesh or the pain at the hernia sites you are quickley ushered out of the hospital.
Then when you go to the surgon or even the infection dr there is a degree of decepiton form the dr. had I not read between the lines of my infection dr I would have died. doctors dont want to point fingers at other doctors or even akowledge complications that could implicate the hospital.
I know I am not the only person conflicted about who is at falut or who to blame the easy target is the Dr or the hospital but in reallity it is the medical product. Our dr's are being compromised and put in terrible postions. Yes i had to go to another state to get help but I harbor no anger towards my local dr.
However, i am concerned about the deception and the deniels related to mesh products it is because the hospital and the dr could potentially be held responsable for something they themself have no control over rather the defective medical products are the root of the problem.
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Jan 9, 2011
 
Becca, I have had a total of three hernia surgerys. of course the first two were when the synthetic mesh were implanted and the thrid was the explant of one of the synthtic mesh. The one explanted mesh was replaced with colla mend fm this is a bio mesh. I spent eight days in the hospital and five weeks on home health care doing antibotic Iv treatment. The iv treatment was stopped to soon because the infection quickley came back. I had a cat scan to verfy it was gone and blood test before they stoped the treatment but these test proved to be ineffective.
The infection appeared to be gone but i could tell it wasnt my ordeal started over, trips to the emergency room and more harmful drugs. Four months after the iv was stopped the infection dr started me on antibotics, and then did a white blood cell tagging scan
This test would tell her if i needed iv treatment, or send me for pain management. She did not want to be fooled by my infection again. Blood test cant show if there is an infection rather they look for inflamation markers that sugest the presents of an infection, cat scans dont show little infections that could grow.
The white blood cell tagging scan is the only test that can clear you of infection. Finally after two years of infection my infection is gone and cleared by the white blood cell tagging scan. The pain associated with the infection is gone.
The remaining pain is from the patches themself or even the multipal surgerys. The medicine the pain dr put me on is working my hope is it continues to work if not then i am looking at another trip to California and more surgery to remove the intrapped nerves or worse the patches and the mussles in my pelvis. If someone would have told me this burning itching and stabbing pain would go away without surgery i would not have belived them but it has.
Becca, pay attention to the new symptons that arise through this ordeal they do mean something alot of time dr will dismiss these little symptoms but in the end they are relevant. My blue finger was because of the broken patch and the damage caused in my abdomin when it broke. When they did the explant I had a heart specilist, infection specilist and of cousre the surgon that did the explant I did not do a day surgey rather i was prepared by the emergency room under the direction of the surgon and not before the heart specilist cleared me for surgery and in addition i was given antibotic before the surgery for twenty four hours. My situation warranted the skills of many different dr and a hospital that could handel this type of surgery. I was montiored by the heart dr the entire time I was at the hospital and I was scaned every day I was in the hospital. one interesting thing I learned form the heart dr is the synthtic mesh was causing me to have a allergic reaction all the mussles around my heart were swollen mimicing a haert problem..
This was no suprise to me I have the same type of reaction to cats the mussles swell around my heart a slow reaction if i continue to be exposed to cats...what was a suprise is products that people could be allergic too are implanted everyday and continued to be ingored as a potential complication or even explaind to people like you and me and any other person out their.
Becca, most important get a copy of your implant report from medical records at the hospital where you had your surgery. File a adverse event with the FDA. You might be suprised what you find out. I had a new redesigned kugle mesh implanted into me this came out after the the fda recall and market withdraw there was not another approval process for this product. I am apart of the Mdl In Rhoad Island...amazing I should have never got this product it was already recalled and market withdrawn..a year before i received it. lawyers in this litigation will accept claims with duel mesh desgin regardless of the lot number there are at least 30 different kinds of duel mesh made by brad or davol.
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Jan 9, 2011
 
Becca, I dont want to scare you but the little bump that i noticed on the thrid day that took me to the emergency room was relavant it just got bigger and harder. I felt it snap three days after surgery in the end it was the ring that is inside the duel mesh it criss crossed and presented it self as a bump but is was cutting in to my intestins and because it went on for over a year the broken ring and the patch mangled my vital organs. also causing a infection. the infection is the least of the problem the longer that broken patch in in there the more damage it is causing. as in the words of my explant surgon if the patch was working you should not have any hard mass or buldging at the hernia site otherwise it is broke despit the fact the broken patch never showed up on the seven cat scans i had prior to my explant surgery.
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Jan 9, 2011
 
Warning to anyone who has chronic pain issues with the UHS dual layer mesh system. I think one of the reasons this mesh fails it that it is hard to taylor the mesh. I could be wrong but I am aware of several failures lately. In some cases it is total mesh retraction. Basically, when that happens, it produces another hernia. Sometimes these hernias are occult (and you cannot see them) and may be hard to palpate (feel the buldge when you cough). Another thing, if what I say is true, I think some surgeons who make a mistake in tayoring the meshe, may just leave it in, because it could be hard to take out!! The meshes are also expensive and maybe the surgeon is more willing to take a chance.

I would stay away from the dual layer meshes of any kind (lightweight or not)

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Jan 9, 2011
 
justme wrote:
Becca, I dont want to scare you but the little bump that i noticed on the thrid day that took me to the emergency room was relavant it just got bigger and harder. I felt it snap three days after surgery in the end it was the ring that is inside the duel mesh it criss crossed and presented it self as a bump but is was cutting in to my intestins and because it went on for over a year the broken ring and the patch mangled my vital organs. also causing a infection. the infection is the least of the problem the longer that broken patch in in there the more damage it is causing. as in the words of my explant surgon if the patch was working you should not have any hard mass or buldging at the hernia site otherwise it is broke despit the fact the broken patch never showed up on the seven cat scans i had prior to my explant surgery.
I have a very hard mass and every doctor I see says it is just scar tissue. Who is your explant surgeon? Thanks for your help.
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Jan 9, 2011
 
LARC wrote:
Im trying to contact Dr. Shirin Towfigh
and have been unable to find a number or email for her! Does anyone have her contact info?? thank you for any info you can provied!!
She is in Los Angeles at Cedar Los Angeles. Additional she is in the SAGES directory with additional contact information. You should have no contact locating her at all.
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Jan 9, 2011
 
ALS wrote:
Warning to anyone who has chronic pain issues with the UHS dual layer mesh system. I think one of the reasons this mesh fails it that it is hard to taylor the mesh. I could be wrong but I am aware of several failures lately. In some cases it is total mesh retraction. Basically, when that happens, it produces another hernia. Sometimes these hernias are occult (and you cannot see them) and may be hard to palpate (feel the buldge when you cough). Another thing, if what I say is true, I think some surgeons who make a mistake in tayoring the meshe, may just leave it in, because it could be hard to take out!! The meshes are also expensive and maybe the surgeon is more willing to take a chance.
I would stay away from the dual layer meshes of any kind (lightweight or not)
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Amen to that ALS, I to would stay away from any kind of duel mesh.
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Jan 10, 2011
 
tiredofitall12 wrote:
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Thank you. I'm scheduled for a procedure next Wednesday for them to look in my intestines. I don't think they'll find anything wrong there. I wish I could get a doctor to look at the mesh. I'll keep working on it and I hope you feel better. Did they take the staples out?
No. The staples are in for good. I have asked a couple of different Dr.'s about this but they say that the staples are in a position around the femoral vein that going into remove them would most likely end with me bleeding out. And apparently it is normal that the staples don't come out after a mesh removal because of the way the mesh is "stapled" into place and what happens afterword.( I am refering to an inguinal surgery and mesh placement.) Namely the mesh has crumpled and twisted and therefore finding the little boogers along with any arrent mesh is damn near impossible.My 5th surgery was to go back in and remove my right testicle(also normal with a mesh removal! Read the fine print!) and they found more mesh that they didn't get the 4th surgery and a bunch of scar tissue to boot.I hope that you will have success with your procedure. Please keep us updated. Best Wishes..........rmh
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#3945
Jan 10, 2011
 
the court should set the percentage a lawyer can get ,mine gets 40& and the court gets 12% thats 62%
$50,000
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$19,000.00 for victims
contact the court asap
they ordered 25% on other cases
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Jan 10, 2011
 
MotoDiva wrote:
Is there anyone who has experienced complications with Bard 3D and Bard Ventralex mesh hernia patches? I had a bilateral inguinal and unilateral abdominal mesh reapair almost a year ago, and I have been in constant pain since. I had a seroma the size of a football over one of the surgery sites, I have pain running from my groin to my leg, and when I attempt ANY sort of activity, I will run a high fever. The right side of my abdomen is swollen to about twice the size of the left. I have had two second opinions and even contacted the Mayo Clinic, but no one will recommend anything but pain management. I'm just curious if anyone else has had problems with 3D or Ventralex patches or if they were part of a recall. I have not been able to work since the surgery and this has impacted my life greatly. The ironic thing is that I had an open hernia repair previously, and that surgery went well and caused me no complications whatsoever. I'm very interested in corresponding with anyone who has had a similar experience.
That is almost exactly what I have been going through since Feb. 2010 except I did not have a seroma, but the swelling, the constant pain that gets much worse w/ any activity,& the pain that shoots down through my thigh all the same problems. I also have not been able to work since. I have these issues on both sides every since the two surgeries. All they want to tell me is that it may be nerve damage & pain management along w/ different pain prescriptions is all anyone wants to do about it. My Doctors have told me to file for disability. I'm only 34 yrs old & was in excellent shape before all of this. Now that I've started looking on the web I see this must be more common than I thought. I really wish I knew of something that could be done. I also wonder if there was something that the surgeon did wrong (it was the same surgeon w/ both hernias). I've seen where the companies that made my patches have lawsuits against them, but I'm not sure if the patches used on me are the ones that fall in those categories'. I wish you the best of luck & if I ever figure something out I will pass what ever I find out on to you.
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#3947
Jan 10, 2011
 
Cant-take-no-more and others who have responded- thanks for the information. I am really shocked to find how common complications from hernia patches can be. If I would have known the true extent of what can go wrong, I would have gone for a second opionion before my surgery, but I had a strangulated bowel and didn't think that I could wait any longer. I do have one other question concerning mesh patch complications-are the effects (chronic pain,infection,bowel problems, etc) something that can be lived with long-term? I've lived with this for a year so far, but due to my finacial situation I don't know when or if I will be able to be evalutated by a hernia specialist. Again, thanks for the response!
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Jan 10, 2011
 

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MRI is helpful to determine irritation to the pubic bone and other inflammation. If hernias were placed open, then best option may be neurectomy with mesh removal. Leads to small area of numbness that doesn't seem to bother most people. Majority of surgeons will not do this procedure and refer you to pain management. Call around, and should be able to find a surgeon in your area.
Cant-take-no-more wrote:
<quoted text> That is almost exactly what I have been going through since Feb. 2010 except I did not have a seroma, but the swelling, the constant pain that gets much worse w/ any activity,& the pain that shoots down through my thigh all the same problems. I also have not been able to work since. I have these issues on both sides every since the two surgeries. All they want to tell me is that it may be nerve damage & pain management along w/ different pain prescriptions is all anyone wants to do about it. My Doctors have told me to file for disability. I'm only 34 yrs old & was in excellent shape before all of this. Now that I've started looking on the web I see this must be more common than I thought. I really wish I knew of something that could be done. I also wonder if there was something that the surgeon did wrong (it was the same surgeon w/ both hernias). I've seen where the companies that made my patches have lawsuits against them, but I'm not sure if the patches used on me are the ones that fall in those categories'. I wish you the best of luck & if I ever figure something out I will pass what ever I find out on to you.

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