Enterocutaneous fistula

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      Had a fistulogram today. Fistula connects with ileum. Very small opening, but have drainage every day. Have had 5 hernia repairs (1990s, 3/2005, 12/2005, 10/2008, and 5/2015. Have 2 mesh implants that I believe were recalled, Bard Composix Kugel in 2005 and Bard Ventralex in 2008 (am in touch with a lawyer). See my surgeon again Friday who had said if no intestinal involvement it would be challenging, if intestinal involvement challenging and complicated. She has a colorectal surgeon (have seen him for rectal cancer) in mind to help her. Also have a left hip replacement, so am between a rock and a hard place–need to have the surgery to protect the hip, but the surgery may open a Pandora’s box. Four questions:

      1. Am wondering if the radiation I had for the cancer would have weakened the mesh or made it migrate?
      2. Is there any mesh on the market today that doesn’t cause problems and is safe? I doubt very much I can do without mesh.
      3. Has anyone had experience with fibrin glue for repair of a fistula?
      4. Any advice (besides jumping off a tall building in a single bound)?
      Thanks in advance for any info.

      I live in Upstate New York. Dr. Jacob (?) in NYC doesn’t take insurance, which makes no sense to me and makes me wonder how good he is despite the accolades I have read on this site. Also, his office staff was not helpful or friendly when I called, acted very annoyed.

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