• I had a repair done in July (different type, umbilical without mesh) but started getting odd sensations and a tightness feeling at week three after surgery. It seemed to improve after my nightly 4 mile walk.

    After my 4-week post op I got the all clear and started working out slowly, it persisted. Figuring it’s due to scar tissue, I started giving…[Read more]

  • I debated this before having my surgery. I actually ended up going with the guy who seemed more “rushed” and not interested in getting into detailed questions. Why? He specialized in hernia repair with very good reviews, performs dozens of surgeries a week, head of trauma surgery at a local medical school, and had a lot of experience in complex…[Read more]

  • From everything I’ve read, the smaller the ventral hernia the more dangerous it is for potential incarceration.

    In my case, as I lost weight the hernia sac began to fall completely behind my abdominal wall on occasion; I assume this was because there was less fat mass holding it outside of the defect. It would usually happen overnight and I would…[Read more]

  • I had a small umbilical hernia I waited on. It didn’t cause any issues at all when I was very overweight, but as I lost weight I started to have bowel incarcerations. I decided to have it repaired after I lost more weight, but the more weight I lost the more often I had incarcerations until I wound up in the ER with a strangulated bowel.

    I think…[Read more]

  • If you are still having issues an need care, then I would have formal correspondence sent by an attorney. You’ll be surprise at the care you can receive after a $250 letter.

  • Dr. Szotek has commented on here, he uses a product called Ovitex, stated to be 95% absorbable. I am not a doctor and do not know if this applies to your situation, but I think the claim is that after absorption the amount of remaining material is close to the amount left by traditional stitching.

    I believe he does tele-health consultations.…[Read more]

  • I would reach out to surgeons in your area by calling. I was surprised to find dozens of surgeons in my area who do non-mesh repairs (both hernia specialists and general non-specific practice).

  • Is it always a catastrophic failure, e.g. the sutures tear through the abdominal wall tissue and result in a larger hernia?

    What is a typical re-occurrence scenario with a standard sutured tissue repair? If one has an open tissue repair and feels a tear/twinge/sensation*n, is it best to have it evaluated and fixed early?


  • So, met with the surgeon today and it’s either open non-mesh or robotic with mesh for an umbilical hernia. This is my second opinion, and the first surgeon, although not a hernia specialist, recommended an open non-mesh repair. I’m told the hernia is small, and likely closer to 1cm than 2cm.

    Now I’m torn. I was headstrong against mesh, but I saw…[Read more]

  • Hello, and thank you doctors for all that you do regarding hernias and improvement in medical practice.

    I’ve had an umbilical hernia for a little over two years and have put off surgery due to my weight and that it didn’t cause any pain or discomfort.

    Long story short, over the past week I’ve had bouts of extreme abdominal pain. I chalked it…[Read more]

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