Mesh Removal Question
Hi all, really appreciate this forum there is so much good information on here.
My back story. Healthy at the time 24 year old scheduled for a Right inguinal hernia in 2012. Repaired Lap with mesh. Surgeon said operation went well
Started getting strange symptoms after surgery. Loud stomach noises, constipation, large amount of undigested food in stool, foul breath, nausea, early satiety, feverish. Went to ER. Ct scan showed nothing. Surgeon said probably just post surgical ileus. Has a groin mass shortly after surgery too in same spot as before. Surgeon said just seroma. Never went away. Scheduled an appointment at shouldice 6 months after initial operation because I suspected it wasn’t a seroma but a hernia recurrence. Turns out it was a hernia so they repaired it via shouldice method. I also ended up having a port site hernia from the trocar above my belly button that they fixed as well.
Fast forward to today and my symptoms have never really gotten better. I still experience sleep disturbances, fatigue, brain fog, achy joints. Never had that pre mesh. I’ve tried everything medically to manage the problem because I really don’t want surgery again. I’ve tried low fod map, high fiber, low fiber, hypnotherapy, probiotics, testing for sibo(was negative) had a colonoscopy and egd which were negative, tried going on pro kinetics, tried taking all kinds of supplements for gut health. Sometimes these things would work for a while but the symptoms always return. I’m now starting to get this tingling sensation in my fingertips and toes as well as random spots on my body where my skin feels like it is on fire, but then quickly goes away. I always used to get a lot of skin rashes but that has gotten better with probiotics. I exercise 5-6 days a week. My bmi is 25. All my lab work is normal. I eat a healthy diet. I’m at a loss of what else to do and feel my quality of life is being affected. My question is now 11 years after getting that mesh put it does anyone think it would be of benefit to get it removed?
My other question is it was put in lap and I know Dr. Towfigh said if it’s put in that way it should come out that way. Will taking the mesh out damage my shouldice repair if it is taken out lap or robotic? Is there anything I can do to minimize another port site hernia since I got one the first time? I’m located in michigan. Any good surgeons around here to do it? I’ve heard of Dr. Iacco at Beaumont on this thread and didn’t know if he comes recommended. Please advise.
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