ajm222

  • That’s good to know, thanks. I was thinking if my two major symptoms (same as yours, though pain now mostly gone) didn’t clear up enough, it wouldn’t be worth it.

    When you say foreign body sensation, what does that mean to you specifically? Seems there is a wide range of definitions for this.

  • also, you say you still have pain and tightness at 5 months. i think these were originally the reasons to get the mesh removed. would you say the removal decreased these symptoms fairly substantially? if so, and if you’re still only at 5 months out, i do think the remaining symptoms will get better slowly over time, probably completely.

  • I’ve seen several on this forum who have had removal say that over long periods of time the tightness seems to very slowly get better, and the same with any lingering pain. seems it can take a very long time (a couple of years perhaps), but they suggest it’s a continual state of improvement. the best option might simply to be to continue to…[Read more]

  • I’ve seen several on this forum who have had removal say that over long periods of time the tightness seems to very slowly get better, and the same with any lingering pain. seems it can take a very long time (a couple of years perhaps), but they suggest it’s a continual state of improvement. the best option might simply to be to continue to…[Read more]

  • Hey Mitch – is your pain and discomfort mostly gone, or are you just able to deal with it better now?

  • Hey Lucas –

    I know Dr. Belyansky avoids cutting nerves at all cost, but for mesh placed openly it really needs to be removed openly. And open mesh removal typically requires at least one nerve being cut, sometimes more, as I understand it. The surgeons will tell you that they cut the nerves high up enough that it only involves sensory function…[Read more]

  • ajm222 started the topic Disabling sciatica in the forum Hernia Discussion 1 month ago

    Just afflicted with disabling sciatica on my left side over the last 48 hours to the point I can’t move (spent the last 8 months suffering chronic pain that didn’t totally disable me) and wondering if changing my posture after all the hernia issues from the right side may have caused it. I suspect it might. I think bracing myself on that side for…[Read more]

  • @drbrown

    Sounds like you’d say removal based on discomfort or tightness and foreign body sensation but very little to no pain might not be wise. Is that fair?

  • my understanding is that if you had your mesh inserted via open method, it would need to be removed that way. removing mesh in an open fashion usually results in at least some nerves having to be cut. not typically the case if mesh was placed and removed laparoscopically or robotically as the mesh is behind the muscle and away from the major…[Read more]

  • my pleasure. i’m not sure exactly what the surgeons are suggesting regarding the spermatic cord or what might actually be going on. but i do know that as scar tissue grows it’s possible to have issues later on in recovery. scar tissue formation and scar tissue “remodeling” over time as your body heals and continues dealing with the mesh and the…[Read more]

  • Hey there,

    I have had a number of issues that come and go related to my repair. The good news is that after 2 1/2 years, I don’t have much pain. I still can feel pain in the area of the repair from time to time depending on what I am doing and my level of attention to it, but it’s not a constant thing at all, and any pain is very mild. The only…[Read more]

  • Yes, the progrip mesh has lots and lots of little hooks on it that help it stay in place (like velcro), the idea being that surgeons can avoid using tacks when installing it, which are often a source of pain. over a year to 18 months the little hooks do dissolve.

  • It’s my understanding that with robotic surgery, having mesh no longer presents a major issue for surgeons. That’s just to address the question of whether or not you can have prostate surgery if you’ve had a mesh repair. It used to apparently present a real challenge.

    Also, I’ll add that I’ve had two surgeons tell me that if you have any issue…[Read more]

  • That’s great to hear! Congrats! I’ve read so many bad things about neurectomy but I guess it really depends on the situation. Hope your pain continues to improve over time.

  • i think you need to be approved as a member first before being able to see the posts. they’re private groups. you can join and then search for ‘biologic mesh’. the groups i know of are:

    Hernia Mesh Complications Support Group
    Mesh Removal Patients. (Hernia and Pelvic)

  • I know it’s expensive, but it might be worth having a consult with Dr. Towfigh about this. She’s made statements before suggesting things like this can be fixed or improved. Not sure how (gofundme perhaps), and I am sure the cost could be prohibitive, but ultimately if the quality of your life has been ruined by the surgeries, I don’t think any…[Read more]

  • ajm222 replied to the topic Bio mesh reloaded in the forum Hernia Discussion 2 months ago

    That’s what I thought, too. And I might be wrong. Just seemed to be the trend I was noticing on FB.

  • ajm222 replied to the topic Bio mesh reloaded in the forum Hernia Discussion 2 months ago

    don’t have anything super helpful to add, but i keep seeing so many people on these hernia complications facebook pages who have had infections and other issues saying they had biomesh. it’s like they’re all getting infected and having problems. probably just a poor sample as most who would get biomesh in the first place are likely those who are…[Read more]

  • ajm222 replied to the topic Mesh Removal Failure in the forum Hernia Discussion 2 months ago

    Ah, so the one surgeon cut two nerves, but he wasn’t the removal surgeon. But the removal surgeon cut another nerve (the genitofemoral), possibly to help whatever pain was caused by the other surgeon? Is that right?

  • ajm222 replied to the topic Mesh Removal Failure in the forum Hernia Discussion 2 months ago

    Ah thanks. That doesn’t seem like something that would cause problems on its own.

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