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  • 4 months out and still the same

    Posted by Bob on November 19, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Shouldice method, no mesh. Hi all. Pain,swelling,bulge still the same as before surgery, plus testicle pain that started a few days after surgery.I use to walk 2 hours a day every day for many years and I remodeled houses. Now I can’t even walk 30 minutes cause of pain. I can’t do any remodeling and sex is not possible.Surgeon keeps telling me It will get better in time. I see no real improvement.My primary doctor did a ultrasound on my testicles a few weeks ago. IT came back as mild hydrocoele. He said that could be my problem in the testicles. He would not do a ultra sound of the hernia site still in pain and swelling and bulge. He sent me to urologist.He looked at report and said mild hydrocoele is normal. All men have that.I read otherwise. So Idk. He also would not do a ultrasound of operated area. He just had me cough and he Said feels good. No recurrence. He said it’s gonna take time or maybe I will always have these symptoms and to just live with it. Atleast u don’t have cancer. Yes,that was his words. So what to do now? Hopefully I can find a primary doctor to do a ultrasound on the operation
    area to see what’s going on. Very frustrating.I was very active before this, but at this point I have no life.

    William Bryant replied 1 year ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • William Bryant

    November 21, 2022 at 9:09 am

    I’ve read tissue repairs do take longer to recover from but not sure what progress should be after 4 months. I think some people say 6 months to a year. Whichever, I hope you improve, and soon.

    Best wishes

  • Good intentions

    November 20, 2022 at 11:20 am

    So that looks like one of the modified Shouldice methods that have been discussed in other threads on the forum. I am not familiar with all of the ins and outs of the variations like others are. Vicryl is an absorbable suture material. Prolene is polypropylene.

    The runaround that you’re getting is very typical for all types of medical procedures today, unfortunately. Surgeons and specialists are becoming more like workers on a factory assembly line. They do their little part then move the product down the line. Sorry, this does not help your situation but it might give you incentive to search for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th opinions.

    Not all doctors are bureaucratic. Some are very independent and passionate about their work. Keep searching. Good luck.

  • Bob

    November 20, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Operative findings..Direct and indirect right inguinal hernia…An ultrasound guided ilioinguinal block was preformed with 7ml of 0.5 roprivacaine. An oblique incision was made over the right inguinal canal and deepened down to the external oblique fascia, which was opened in direction of its fibers. The cremasteric muscle fibers were split longitudinally and a long,indirect sac was dissected away from the cord structures and from the cremaster muscles and from the inguinal floor and dissected into the internal ring. The inguinal floor was also herniated and the posterior wall was opened in the usual fashion useing metzenbaum scissors opening it from the level of the epigastric vessels to the pubis and dissecting the posterior preperitoneal fat away from the posterior surface of the transversalis, which was attenuated . Next,the first layer of the shouldice repair was begun using the lateral transversalis suturing it to the rectus tendon with 0 proline suture and running this toward the internal ring,closing it off and running it back using shelving edge of the inguinal ligament to the internal oblique muscle and tying it at the pubis.A 3rd and 4th row of 2-0 prolene was used to reflect the external oblique overhead inguinal floor. Next,the lateral external oblique was closedwith running 2-0 vicryl suture. Scarpas fascia was closed with running 3-0 vicryl suture. The skin was closed with running subcuticular 4-0 monocryl suture dermabond was applied

  • Good intentions

    November 19, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    It doesn’t sound like you went to the Shouldice Hospital. Can you give details on the “method”? The materials used, how many layers, the type of hernia that was repaired, etc. The more details the better.

    No offense, but by the post you are just a person who had a repair that the surgeon called “Shouldice method”. Not really clear where you started or what you had done. There is hope, I’m still getting better almost 5 years after mesh removal. The body can take a long time but it will just keep trying. Healing can be slow.

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