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After successfull hysterectomy for cancer I developed an incisional hernia above the belly-buttom (I'd had my gall bladder removed at the same time, no cancer related.) After several weeks my hernia lump seems the same as it was before the hernia repair surgery. Does anyone know if this is this normal? I thought that after surgery the bulge would be no more; instead, it seems larger and harder and never disappears as the nernia sometimes did.
Hi Tummy: What you might have is swelling between the mesh and the non-treated area. If this has been going on for several weeks, I think you should call the surgeon and explain this situation and see what he has to say. My swelling lasted at least 6 weeks, but it did start to go down somewhat after about 2 weeks. If you have any concern, please call the surgeon and speak to him/her about this. Good luck with your recovery!
tummy - i had an incisional hernia as well, and since the surgery, i have more lumps and bumps along the incision than before the surgery - and it hurts more as well. i've had it looked at by the surgeon, as well as my gyn, and my gyn/onc, uro/onc, thus more than a couple of times - and i've been told it's scarring, adhesions. i still have my doubts, though....it feels like the hernia lump did!...even worse, and the pain is worse! i've had several other problems to deal with, and once they subside, i may see another surgeon. that's been my experience. wish i could tell you something more positive. good luck to you.
Hi there - my TAH/BSO was on 11/30/2004, I developed an incisional hernia and had it repaired without mesh on 09/07/2005, the hernia recurred as well as a new one developed and I had another repair (double hernia this time) on 08/07/2006. with each surgery the incision went higher abpove my belly button. The hernias (when I look down at my tummy) were to the left of my belly button and about 3 inches below it. My original incision from my TAH/BSO was cut open, plus more for each hernia repair. With the second hernia surgery mesh was used. It has been almost 5 months since that surgery and I still fell tender in that area and still feel a hard lump where the repair was done. What I dont feel is the lump poking out which is a good thing. The first repair was done by my gyn/onc who also used it as an oppotunity to do a "second look" since I was gonoing to be cut open anyway so that was sorta comforting. When I came to him abput the second one this time he referred me to a man he called "the hernia king", LOL obviously a hernia speacialist. He told me it takes at least a full year to truly recover from the reapir. My poor body though, 3 surgeries in 20 months , and throw in 6 months of chemo to boot, I think(and hope) my body will be recovering for awhile. I told both my gyn/onc and the hernia surgeon, if they need to slice my belly open again I want a zipper this time!
You have had a lot done to your body, Montauk! I hope this hernia repair holds. I had mesh, which seems like a good move. I have also wondered where in the world they would do another cut, if it's every needed. And no doubt your drs. all look at your scars and say, "That's really a beautiful incision!" Thanks for your comments.