Incisional hernia suggestions and concerns
07/24/2020 at 2:40 pm #27689
I have an incisional hernia directly below my belly button from a (laparoscopic) partial bowel resection. It protrudes out about like a half a golf ball.
My colorectal surgeon recommended an open repair with “plastic” and was very brief with any details or possible complications. He is a well-regarded surgeon but I wondered if I should choose a specialist? Subsequently, I consulted Dr. Todd Harris (In Southern California). He also recommended an open, mesh repair. He is referenced in the forum briefly.
Both doctors assured me any negatives about mesh were more related to other types of hernias or other afflicted areas. I still can’t decide which doctor to use but Dr. Harris experience and sheer numbers are making me lean that way instead of ancillary factors like location, staff and facilities.
I still have concerns with mesh due to all the horror stories but also due to my own autoimmune diseases and allergies. Dr. Harris said he has never had any problems with rejection or reactions to the mesh. They just make it seem like it’s the gold standard, and the only way to go.
Trying to decide who and how to treat the hernia has caused a lot of additional anxiety since there were other complications after this last surgery and I would like to avoid that.
Also would like to avoid re-injury due to common chores such as lifting (or even the lifting and twisting from tasks like laundry) or even sneezing or coughing.
Any suggestions or insights would be appreciated.
07/24/2020 at 10:33 pm #27691drtowfighKeymaster
Choose a surgeon you trust and consider multiple consultations if you need. Incisional hernias require mesh. Laparoscopic and open repairs have various pros and cons. There are a wide variety of mesh options, given your autoimmune status.
07/25/2020 at 6:37 am #27697
Than-you for the information regarding mesh. I had no idea there were so many varieties and materials. My questions regarding regarding mesh and autoimmune disease were not addressed.
07/25/2020 at 7:24 am #27698drtowfighKeymaster
The point is, there are mesh options that are less likely to interfere with your autoimmune disorder and this minimize risk for mesh reaction.
07/25/2020 at 9:08 am #27707
Sorry but I meant previous consultations did not address those concerns. This website and your reply have been vastly more informative since, autoimmune issues and mesh seem to be not very well researched.
Thank-you Dr. Towfigh!
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