Weight gain and hernia mesh
An experience I had this evening made me wonder about something. Incidentally, I’m about 5 1/2 weeks post op from an indirect inguinal hernia repaired with mesh laparoscopically (using robot).
Anyway, I also have a recent history of some mild IBS. I’ve ultimately pinpointed that diet soda seems to be a problem for me in that regard. If I have more than one per day, I occasionally get really bad cramps and bloating. Well, today I had more than one and the bloating became really uncomfortable. It didn’t help that I had tight cloathing on that didn’t really stretch.
After a while I also noticed that the inguinal area seemed to be getting really sore, more than it had since the first week or so after the operation. It has subsided already, at the same time as the bloating itself, but for a couple of hours I was super uncomfortable. It made me wonder if it was the bloating and my insides pressing against the mesh. Which then made me wonder if significant weight gain later on in life could potentially cause problems with the mesh due to stretching and pressure, especially if the mesh tends to shrink over time.
About two years prior to the surgery I had lost about 50-55 pounds (my reward apparently being an eventual hernia). I had been overweight for about 18 years at that point, starting a year or two after college. So there’s always a chance I could gain the weight back, and I’m concerned that weight gain could be problematic when it comes to the mesh.
I don’t recall reading anything about this before, except for maybe one random story where someone suggested when they gain some weight they start getting some discomfort.
Just wondering if anyone had any thoughts or come across anything relating to this. Just curious.
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