Chronic pain post abdominal hernia repair.
4 months ago I had mesh implanted to cover a small hernia directly behind my belly button as well as a second hernia just above my belly button. Before the surgery I did not experience any pain from the hernias but was advised to have the surgery to prevent strangulation of the intestine. The surgery was performed using an open incision by Dr. Matous. I live near Portland, OR, and am a 38 year old female.
Since the surgery I have experienced chronic pain radiating out from my belly button. The area is tender to the touch. The pain is a constant aching that also radiates across my lower back. About 2-3 times a week the pain becomes excruciating, lasting several hours to a day or so. 10 mg of oxycodone barely touches it. CT scans are all normal. The pain is worsened if I lay down, especially laying on my right side.
A week ago Dr. Zelko removed the mesh laproscopically in the hopes that it would ease my pain. He warned me that only 2 out of 3 people actually experience relief from the mesh removal. Something about the abdominal area being kind of stupid and not realizing that the irritant is gone so it just keeps on hurting. The anesthesiologist also did a nerve block at the time that wore off after 48 hrs.
I’m worried about what my options are if this mesh removal doesn’t help stop my ongoing pain. I know its only been a week, but I felt pretty okay the first couple days after the nerve block wore off, until today. Today my pain ramped up just like it did before the mesh removal.
Do you have any suggestions of future courses of action or people to see? I can’t live my life like this in constant pain. Thank you for your help.
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