That is a tough one. Lumbar hernias are very rare. It is possible that you had a tight repair, with mesh, plus… mesh shrinks, so it is possible that the tight repair became even tighter with time. Also, mesh does not stretch, so it may feel even tighter.
The technique and operative findings should be reviewed, based on your operative report. I doubt there is any direct relation to your lungs, diaphragm, and breathing. It may just be a bit too tight.
Removal of the mesh is complicated and should only be done by a surgeon with experience in doing so, after determining that that is the problem.
If anyone else has experience with lumbar hernias, please offer your advice on this site.
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