• thanks for the encouragement and thoughts. i do agree. i think i made a good decision at the time based on the info i had. just doesn’t always work out. then made another decision and will be hoping for the best. and i’m hoping your issue gets resolved eventually as well. keep us posted.

  • Ah, so a tissue repair. Very interesting. Yeah, that’s a head scratcher. Regardless, you’ve been treated terribly. Totally unacceptable. I’d go elsewhere and just forget about your original surgeon.

    I’m doing well. Almost four months post-removal. Have good days and bad, though bad days aren’t bad-bad. I’m not in pain really. Just have some d…[Read more]

  • that’s terrible, but not unusual unfortunately.

    i didn’t realize you had surgery. what was done? and is this a surgeon that’s widedly known on these forums?

  • I’ve actually gotten really good at avoiding a sneeze by pinching my nose. Just pinching both of my nostrils together, if I do it quick enough, and then just focus on not sneezing, tends to work for me the vast majority of the time. Seems to stop whatever that tickle is that then starts the cascading events that lead to the sneeze.

  • A lot of these symptoms actually don’t sound like hernia symptoms. Blood in the stool certainly wouldn’t be one, and the extreme rectal pain. that sounds like something else that needs to be very carefully examined further, either by your regular physician or a GI doc.

  • I also see people on Facebook groups saying their mesh migrated to other parts of their body, like into their legs and such. Always seemed kind of ridiculous. Can pieces of pelvic mesh though dislodge or break free and move into other parts of the body?

  • Something I’m still not sure about – can any imaging accurately detect scar tissue and/or adhesions?

  • There’s a lot of talk around here about scar tissue remodeling and being more natural than mesh, which certainly is true. But it does make you wonder how much scar tissue can ultimately remodel and how long it takes. Seems there are lots of folks with scar tissue and adhesion issues that have problems for long periods of time.

    I’ve also spo…[Read more]

  • would love to listen in on this one:

    4:25 PM Mesh or No Mesh for Adult Inguinal Hernia Repair

  • I’m guessing it’s similar to any product – dozens of options but little to no tangible difference between them all besides branding and marketing. It all ends up performing in much the same way. Obviously certain “innovations” can end up causing serious problems, and I would doubt that any “improvements” really make much of a difference. It’s all…[Read more]

  • ajm222 replied to the topic Dr. Ramshaw in the forum Hernia Discussion 2 months ago

    I think the idea with regards to CBT and pain is that given that the perception of pain (and intensity) actually comes from the brain, there are ways to address pain with things like CBT. there is a whole school of thought that has investigated pain that is completely or almost completely independent of existing physical damage or other physical…[Read more]

  • I’ll say in my case I don’t really notice any big difference in the pain in the inguinal area after all the surgeries. That’s been pretty consistent no matter what. Again, just in my case. I assume every case of mesh removal could have different results.

    Speaking of scar tissue, someone posted an interesting MRI image the other day that seemed to…[Read more]

  • Thank you, Dr. Towfigh. Yes, that’s helpful.

    I guess in my mind I was thinking that with robotic/lap surgery, it’s always been my understanding that at least in terms of inguinal hernia repair, a very large amount of the fascia is peeled away from the abdominal wall. I know fascia apparently regrows quickly, but I’ve also read it’s quite…[Read more]

  • I thought I’d pose a topic to the group concerning issues with robotic surgery.

    I have had two robotic surgeries now – mesh implantation and mesh explantation.

    The benefits are clear – mobility is pretty much immediate after surgery, and the incisions and scars are smaller (even if there are more of them).

    But in my experience, I have come to…[Read more]

  • Re: Dr. Chen – I have heard mixed things. He seems to be a big proponent of cutting nerves to improve pain and people have very different experiences with this – some good, some really bad. I initially had thought he was one of the top people for these issues, but others have told me they’ve seen a number of bad outcomes from surgery with him. So…[Read more]

  • Hey JR – sounds like Dr. Towfigh is answering some of your questions on the other thread. Who did your surgery by the way? Feel free to private message me if you’d rather. My mesh was inguinal and I think the situations are too different for me to be able to speak with any intelligence on what’s going on. I’m actually surprised in my case I have…[Read more]

  • Thank you, Dr. I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on it. I know Dr. Belyansky suggested hernias that were originally indirect seem less likely to reherniate after removal, at least for the 3-5 years he’s been kind of tracking this. I did assume there was a decent chance someday I’d get another hernia there. Would be nice just to have at least a few…[Read more]

  • Hour and a half I think?

  • thanks, mitch. will be sure to keep you posted on my progress. hope you continue to feel good as well. will be interested to see over time if your issues continue to improve. i believe mine did to some degree over the years. but after three years i was worried they would never fully resolve. some folks would probably not have been much bothered…[Read more]

  • So I believe what he meant was not that running caused the hernia itself, but perhaps theoretically could have caused some of the groin pain and discomfort I was feeling. I think he was just trying to consider possibilities for the discomfort in my unique case where it was more mild to moderate and was never super obvious that it was 100% the mesh…[Read more]

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