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  • Right Inguinal Hernia Pain five years post-op!!

    Posted by sanibelsusan on April 3, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Aloha,
    I am posting on this forum to see how many others have had successful Hernia Mesh and Plug removal?? I am in SO much Pain going on five years post-op from an Inguinal Hernia surgery with Atrium Medical Pro-Loop Polypropylene mesh and plug. I am battling with the insurance company to get to Doctor Towfigh. The Insurance company “powers that be”, three Doctors that replied and decided to decline my appeals, say I can have this Very Complicated surgery done by ANY GENERAL SURGEON???? Wow, how clueless. So everyday is a nightmare, since no help from Pain Clinic, two sympathetic nerve blocks, (no help), and opiates no help. Looking forward to hearing from others. I know you are out there. P.S. I am a 51 yr. female.
    Thank you !!

    Casey replied 8 years, 10 months ago 3 Members · 5 Replies
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  • groundfaller

    Member
    April 26, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Right Inguinal Hernia Pain five years post-op!!

    mamadunlop,

    will you keep us posted on your progress, especially if you continue to improve. I have a feeling that if/when there are successes then they move on from sites like this, which seems natural. Those who continue to look for help could use some encouraging stories though, even anecdotal ones.

  • Casey

    Member
    April 14, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Right Inguinal Hernia Pain five years post-op!!

    Any chance they can do it 1st the same time? I have two incisions from them doing the mesh removal as one and the repair on the other side….

    Have you talked to them At all about seeing if they can do any nerve repairs while they are in there…are if that would help your pain in the meantime? Hang in there and know you are not alone!

  • sanibelsusan

    Member
    April 14, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Right Inguinal Hernia Pain five years post-op!!

    Aloha,
    Thank you for the reply!! I am in Hawaii, and want to go to Dr. Towfigh. I wish she would make a trip out to Hawaii!! 🙂 I have been in this Horrible pain for five years in July. Now going in for two cysts to be removed, (open surgery), due to hernia and too many other laparoscopic procedures I guess? Going in on the 24TH of this month and pray I can get the hernia mesh and plug removed after I recoop from that surgery. I don’t know???
    Thanks again for the encouragement,
    Sue

  • Casey

    Member
    April 13, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Right Inguinal Hernia Pain five years post-op!!

    I am Sorry to hear of your ongoing pain. It is so tough to know what to do and to find doctors who can tell you what to do.

    2 weeks ago I had my mesh removed from an open central hernia repair and a mesh plug removed from an inguinal hernia repair. The surgeon also removed 3 nerves in the area. 2 weeks later I am pain free on that side after 3 years of pain and repairs! I was almost pain free from the moment I woke up. The down side is that he repaired the original hernias using healthy tissue but the chance of recurrence is now much higher. I am working on losing weight and will really be careful with exercising and lifting anything. But for now I am hopeful! (the down side is I had a repair done on the other side of a new hernia at the same time and that side is now painful but hopefully it is just post surgery pain that will go away as it is supposed to this time!)

    Where are you located?

  • groundfaller

    Member
    April 8, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Right Inguinal Hernia Pain five years post-op!!

    I am sorry you are going through this. I hope you find the help you need. It really is hard.

    I can relate somewhat since I have had only complicaitons from my surgery and I have had similar results with doctors who cannot or will not help and insurance companies that dictate treatments that are not in the patients best interest. The system is broken and it lacks both the internal and external willpower to address the problem. There should be specialist hernia repair surgeons only given the number of people requiring this procedure and number of complications that arise. I foolishly accepted that a general surgeon was the right person to go to based on the advice of 3 MD’s and the recommendation of the insurance. Hindsight is looking out my asshole. Some people on here don’t like my negativity and I am cool with that but hopefully my feedback will give someone else the foresight and the chance to second guess what is going to be the first recommendation they receive…to see a general surgeon.

    Don’t trust the data either. You can research a surgeon to find out their success rate for this procedure but what if they don’t report that a patient has persistant and chronic complications. Or maybe it does get reported but it is through an anonymous source so it limits ones ability to assess a surgeon. There is no record of my problem for others to be aware of other than what I write here or on surgeon review websites. Do surgeons ever meet with a prospective patient and say, “oh well yeah the last guy that was in here didn’t recover from the surgery and that was done 1 year ago….or 5. His post-surgery quality of life is far worse.” It is more important to have an umblemished record than to have accountability. How many other people are suffering under the radar because the information on complications is inaccurate and the support for those suffering is full of road blocks and stigma.

    Think twice future patients.

    Susan, hang in there and hope you get some help.

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