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  • I have been doing a decent amount of rowing over the past year. I was on a rowing team in high school, so it kind of takes me back. Plus, its a smooth, predictable motion that doesn’t involve side-to-side motion or anything abrupt or jarring. As long as your settings are right, it’s not too taxing on the joints. I keep the damper at 5 or below.…[Read more]

  • Hey Dome, just read your story. It’s PG-13 but details are important in this field.

    I, too, had a suspected mesh irritation about 5 years after my implant. I had been doing a lot of stair running prior to the onset of that pain.

    In any case, it has been an on/off issue for me for about 2 years now. A cortisone shot brought great relief to me,…[Read more]

  • @GoodIntentions Not to hijack the thread, but it is probably worth mentioning that Dr Meyers of the Vincenza Institute only performs open surgeries. If your mesh implant was performed laparoscopically/robotically, I believe you would need to look elsewhere for a laparoscopic removal procedure.

  • Josh,

    Very sorry to hear of your situation. When your consultant said the mesh was crumpled, was that confirmed via imaging, or was that just his/her best guess as to what the issue was? i.e, has this been confirmed or is it speculative at this point?

    In either case, Coritzone would be my go-to, non-operative suggestion, but it sounds like you…[Read more]

  • I am sorry you are experiencing ongoing pain after your umbilical mesh removal, and hope it resolves with time. That being said, based on your testimony, I would not quite characterize your doctor’s interactions as “scare tactics,” which imply some sort of implicit threat of some kind.

    I would ask your doctor respectful but pointed questions the…[Read more]

  • It is downright baffling how the manufacturers have developed such a wide array of mesh products, each having enough similitude to existing products to be granted approval. The fact that there are 70 different products available is head spinning. I wonder how a hospital or surgeon can discern which products are suitable for their patients, given…[Read more]

  • mitchtom6 replied to the topic Dr. Ramshaw in the forum Hernia Discussion 1 month ago

    Oh yeah – one more thing. It is a shame that Dr. Belyanski is getting out of the mesh removal business. Many people sung his praises after having problematic mesh removed by his hands, and he has lots of great testimonials, and I personally visited him a few years ago when weighing my options. Yet, I know that one of the forum members (who I…[Read more]

  • mitchtom6 replied to the topic Dr. Ramshaw in the forum Hernia Discussion 1 month ago

    One of the more interesting aspects of this forum is seeing things from “both” perspectives – that of the patient, and that of the physician. There is no doubt that both parties have valid concerns and vantage points, and it is here that we can have a dialectic.

    With respect to Dr. Ramshaw, I have never met the man, nor interacted with him,…[Read more]

  • Consider traveling to Dr T’s office in Beverly Hills if you can. I believe that in-person visits qualify for insurance coverage, while many online consultations/remote readings do not.

    Still, I hate to be presumptuous about people’s finances, but if your case is as dire as described, you will have to find a way. $600 is chump change against…[Read more]

  • I had mesh repair in my mid-twenties. It is still holding, but I aggravated it about 5 years later and it took about 10-12 months of chronic pain before it settled down (cortisone helped). I now have tolerable levels of pain. My cousin was an NCAA athlete who had mesh, and he did fine with his. But other forum members would give anything to undo…[Read more]

  • how extensive is your weight lifting? I would give up heavy squats/deadlifts permanently to be on the safe side.

  • AJM, glad you are initially happy with the procedure. I had been tracking your case and was wondering if you went through with it back in Feb. All the best to you in your recovery.

  • I have experienced those sort of symptoms off/on for years. All of your thoughts about the scar tissue being tugged/pulled sound plausible. Time may resolve your issue, as it has largely done for me. At one point, I did require a cortisone shot to alleviate localized pain in the area, which worked very well for me. Keep that in your back pocket in…[Read more]

  • There are a good number of us in your boat, Nacly. It may be hard to tell what the source of pain is, unfortunately. The mesh has added another variable to the equation, making it difficult. The groin is a region of great complexity.

    Being in a similar situation, here’s what I would suggest. I would seek out another opinion w/ respect to…[Read more]

  • Dr B gave me the full rundown as to what to expect. He didn’t recommend the mesh removal outright, and suggested that I give it a little more time before committing, as I recall (this was about 1 – 1.5 years ago). He said my case was somewhat unusual, in that the issues started several years after the initial surgery. He said that a typical…[Read more]

  • Good luck AJM….I’ve seen your posts over the years. Similar case here, and I have also had a consultation w/ Dr B. I’m in my lower 30’s.

    I will say, I felt remarkably better after a Cortisone shot, which alleviated my pain for nearly 6 months – nearly completely. But, it is back now and has been a nuisance every since Thanksgiving. I would…[Read more]

  • I had a consultation with Dr Belyanski about a year ago. I asked him about cutting nerves. He does not cut nerves by default, but will do it if there is a mesh entanglement issue.

    Honestly, I don’t know how else you could do the surgery. If nerves are wrapped up in the mesh, certainly you would have to do something to resolve that issue. The…[Read more]

  • It’s still there, but to a lesser extent. I’d say it’s about 25% or less of what it used to be 1.5 years ago. Occasionally, it will flare up if I do something a little too strenuous. I had a cortisone shot done about a month ago, after I had really aggrivated the area, and it was incredible. I felt 100% healthy, which lasted for a few weeks. The…[Read more]

  • Actually, as I re-read about olympic hurdler Dai Greene, his case seems to have an additional similarity- he, reportedly, had a recurrent hernia after an initial mesh repair. I would consider that a pretty powerful testimonial. In any case, we are rooting for you. Wishing you a full recovery, and a return to normalcy. In the meantime, consider…[Read more]

  • If you are in Germany, that would lend itself to Muschawek, I would think. At a minimum, get a consultation and ask about the IONR technique.

    She removed mesh from Dai Greene, an olympic hurdler, who was able to go back to a competitive level after being sidelined for 5 years from mesh complications.

    Your mileage may vary, of course. But she…[Read more]

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