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  • Inguinal hernia mesh repair

    Posted by vetmann on January 17, 2017 at 2:00 am

    I had left inguinal hernia surgery in 2006. The op report says that they used a polypropylene mesh. It was laparoscopic surgery.
    This year I have experienced pain in my groin, testicle, and leg on the left side. It is not sharp or intense pain. It is dull ache. Sometimes just a pulling, full feeling. I have seen a surgeon and have had ultrasound, which showed a small cyst on my left testicle. No hernia.
    My doctor gave me two options: monitor, watch and wait or exploratory laparatomy.
    Is there anyone who has a different view? I read all these posts about problems with mesh. It has to be real because there are so many people reporting the same issue. I’ve seen percentages as high as 20% of people having issues post hernia repair.

    Steelersfan85 replied 7 years ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • drtowfigh

    February 6, 2017 at 4:42 am

    Inguinal hernia mesh repair


    It seems you may benefit from a thorough evaluation of your prior hernia repair. This may include seeing a hernia specialist and an MRI pelvis

  • Steelersfan85

    January 18, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Inguinal hernia mesh repair

    I’m 31 and had a CT scan done last week and my prostate is mildly enlarged which is probably why it burns so bad when I urinate also small lymph nodes in the inguinal region lots of pain near lower right quadrant. I also had a left inguinal hernia repair May 2016 and a redo September 2016. Seen my GP today and he ordered a PSA and gave me antibiotics too much weird stuff going on since my mesh placement

  • vetmann

    January 18, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Inguinal hernia mesh repair

    Dr. Towfigh,
    Do my symptoms seem related to prostate? Left leg pain, left inguinal/groin pain, and left testicle pain. Dull ache, pulling, and full feeling.

    I had kidney stone in August 2016 on the right side with hydroureter. CT from that visit to the ER shows an unremarkable prostate. Testicular ultrasound performed last week shows nothing but a spermatocele on left testicle.

    Do you suggest digital prostate exam? PSA test? Any other imaging modality you would suggest to further look for hernia? MRI? Previous inguinal hernia on left side repaired with mesh in 2006. Exploratory laparatomy?

  • drtowfigh

    January 17, 2017 at 2:04 am

    Inguinal hernia mesh repair

    Mesh-related pain occurs early after surgery. So, do not be concerned that new pain 10 yrs later is related to the mesh. Most likely, it is a hernia recurrence or it is unrelated to the hernia.

    Also, the 20% number refers to any chronic pain after surgery, lasting 3 or more months after surgery. Pain that starts 10 yrs later is not part of this number.

    Hope that helps clarify and relieve some worries.

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