Third Recurrence of Umbilical Hernia
I am 34 year old female. I am 5’6 120 lbs. In 2007, at age 26 I had an umbilical hernia repaired with mesh. It healed fine, and in a month, I was totally back to normal. No problems, no pain until 2014 when I felt that familiar hernia pain and went back to the original surgeon who said the hernia had recurred and I should have surgery again to repair. In hindsight, I should have consulted a more experienced hernia specialist, but I had no idea how complicated a recurrence surgery could be, nor did I know the risks and complications. Apparently my surgeon did not know either.
After the second surgery, I was in pain constantly, worse than with the hernia. I saw many specialists and surgeons and none of them wanted to touch it. For about a year, I was in terrible pain and discomfort, not only in my umbilical area where the mesh is, but all over my torso, up under my ribs and through my entire abdominal wall. The pain never got better, but I finally concluded I had to just learn to live with it, because after seeing so many doctors/surgeons, they all pretty much told me there wasn’t much they could do to fix/help it, because the repair was fine, I was just having chronic pain from scar tissue, and numerous adhesions.
I am now 18 months out from the second surgery, and I feel that hernia pain again. I can also feel the bulge above my belly button with my finger, so I am about 98% sure the hernia is back yet again, for the third time. What can I do? I am so afraid to get surgery again. Why does it keep coming back? Is it because of an inept surgeon? Am I defective? I am so upset. I cannot go through that pain again, but I suppose I have to. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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