Complications from removal?
02/03/2021 at 6:07 am #28539
I am scheduled to have removal in less than two weeks due to a couple years of on and off soreness, plus some off symptoms like tightness and pulling and a feeling like something is in my lower abdomen. I also have a number of other very mild symptoms on and off that I can’t be sure are related. These are mild to moderate symptoms and I do often worry that with removal I will be trading in one set of problems for another. But I have a good surgeon (Belyanksy), and currently no nerve pain (except for the soreness).
It seems like most people who have the tightness from mesh get some relief after removal. But is it possible additional scar tissue could create even worse problems? I guess my understanding is that the mesh tightness always stays about the same whereas natural scar tissue should lessen over time and feel more natural as the years pass.
Do people with tightness from mesh ever get relief over very long periods of time (say 3-5 years) without surgery to remove it?
Any other potential complications I should consider? I think I’ve considered them all and talked to a trillion people, but I keep getting scare right before surgery because of much of what I’ve read.
Also worried about recurrence after mesh is gone, but my original hernia was indirect and I was informed that the scar tissue likely will be able to hold things for a least a while.
02/03/2021 at 7:23 pm #28540
Also kind of curious about long-term complications not including recurrence. Like, could you get a removal and these up fine but then have some related complications years later from removal.
02/07/2021 at 11:36 am #28556DrBrownParticipant
Most patients feel significantly better after mesh removal. But it would be rare to get 100% relief. The more pain that you have before surgery increases your risk for having chronic pain after the operation. Be prepared to wait 6 months for a full recovery.
Prepare your body for the operation. BMI needs to be normal. Stop smoking. Treat any medical problems your have (hypertension, Diabetes, etc).
Bill Brown MD
02/07/2021 at 12:35 pm #28564
Thank you very much, @drbrown – just hoping my unusual symptoms improve without adding anything new. Any improvement at all would be great. I can handle a little residual issues if the foreign body type sensations go away. I don’t have nerve pain really, so hoping this doesn’t add any. Soreness on and off depending upon position and what I’m doing, and some tightness and fullness on my right side. Just feels off.
02/17/2021 at 10:54 pm #28611Alex PParticipant
Let us know how it goes.
02/18/2021 at 2:23 pm #28612
02/22/2021 at 7:08 pm #28632dh305Participant
I wouldn’t do it personally. Almost 2 years and I feel improvement. I’m going to keep seeing the progress I am making. A very invasive procedure with no guarantees. I wish you luck.
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