New member with lots of questions
Hello all. I came across this site initially because I was looking for advice regarding side sleeping after inguinal hernia surgery. HOWEVER… after reading through many of these posts, I’m finding myself full of many, many questions.
But first, here’s my story: I recently underwent laparoscopic surgery for two inguinal hernias. The backstory leading up to surgery is actually very simple. Last winter I went to my primary care physician for annual checkup where he informed me that I have two hernias and I should go get them fixed. At my request he referred me to a surgeon who confirmed the original diagnosis and also advised surgery. Option one was open incision with sutures, option two mesh. Based on his information regarding both options (open surgery has longer recovery time and greater chance for pain going forward, mesh has shorter recovery time and less issues with pain). The small amount of research I did prior to the surgery informed me that the vast majority of hernia procedures use mesh, therefore I concluded that given the upside versus sutures as well as it’s overwhelming edge numerically, I opted for mesh.
Based on the reading I’m doing now, I’m starting to think I made a drastic mistake choosing mesh. There appear to be many downsides to this product. I guess the first question I want to throw out there is just how concerned should I be?
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