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  • drtowfigh

    May 7, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Post Op Problems From Inguinal Hernia Repair

    – pain 2 months after a hernia repair may be due to
    A) mesh shrinkage, folding, pulling from the shrinkage
    B) indirectly from the tacks (or sutures as the case may be) as the shrinking is pulling on the tacks that are holding it in place)
    C) hernia recurrence
    D) infection of the mesh (very rare)

    Tack pain is almost always immediately after the repair and does not present in such a delayed fashion.

    You need a thorough evaluation to rule out #C. If there is no hernia recurrence, then dealing with pain from a tightly placed mesh that is now shrinking and pulling on the tacks placed on it is a more difficult problem to deal with. The tacks may have to be removed. Also the number of tacks may play a role in thee extent of pain associated with the shrinkage of the mesh.

    I recommend evaluation by a top hernia specialist who has regularly dealt with these situations and is experienced enough to take you through the appropriate workup and treatment plan.

    I tend to agree with you that logically speaking you should not all of a sudden have weakening and pooching out of your abdomen from your 4 pregnancies, no so many decades later and despite your athleticism.