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Unread 08-26-2005, 05:30 AM
Ventral Hernia Repairs also

I have had four ventral hernia repairs, over the past 6 years, stemming from gastric bypass surgery. The first one was the length of my abdominal incision (vertical) and when I laid down and coughed, it popped up, about the size of a nerf football. I had it repaired with mesh and a year later developed another one on the upper right hand corner of the mesh. They repaired that one and also removed my gallbladder. The third one was the next year and in the exact same spot. For the fourth hernia surgery they totally opened me up, took off the extra skin, and I am lined with new mesh. This has been almost two years. I have to tell you that even though I am an over-doer, I did listen to my doctors after the first hernia surgery regarding lifting, etc. I read somewhere that abdominal muscle weakness can also be genetic, and I believe that was my situation. I go to the gym, and the only problems I have with all these surgeries is in Pilates, when you have to rock yourself up from lying down to sitting up. I just can't do that. I have not had my hyst yet and am so fearful of another abdominal surgery. My doctor is going to attempt vaginal, but my uterus is large, so I may end up with another incision. As far as tiredness, these hernia surgeries are major, muscle repair is a big deal. Listen to your body and don't overdo! Hope you feel well soon.
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Unread 08-26-2005, 06:44 AM
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Did the Drs give you any indication as to why this kept happening?
Also, did you have problems with fluid accumulation after the procedure?
Unread 08-26-2005, 06:58 AM
Incisional hernia repair

Hi Neeney,
I had no problems with fluid accumulation. From what I understand, I have weak abdominal muscles, which were weakened more by surgeries. I also so strenuous activies like kayaking (lifting the kayak afterwards is heavy) and probably did more than I should have.
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Unread 08-26-2005, 06:11 PM
Incisional hernia repair

May I ask what does it feel like to have a abdominal hernia pain wise? I had a rectocele and enterocele repaired, but I know these kind of hernias are not the same. I have a small hiatal hernia (diagnosed last Aug), but it doesn't give me much trouble. The problem I have had everysince my TAH (May 2004) is when I sit up or roll over, etc I get a pulling type of pain from my naval down to my bikini incision. I am also experiencing off and on stabbing, peircing type of pain around the ovary areas. I also hurt quite often with this type of pain after eating. Does any of this describe what a hernia feels like?
I am having a exploratory lapro (will fix anything wrong then) along with my tvt and cystocele repair in 2 weeks. I had 4 c sections and the tah , so I know my abdominal muscles are not up to power.
Thanks for listening
Unread 08-26-2005, 07:00 PM
Incisional hernia repair


I think Peggy described it best.
Along with the pound of concrete feeling, I also could feel pulls, tugs, and tears around the lump.

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Unread 08-27-2005, 08:15 PM
hernia repair

Originally Posted by Neeney

My first hernia was diagnosed by a surgeon by doing the sit half way up by lying down method. I had an open repair done 10/04 with an oopharectomy. No mesh was used, and a month later I developed a staph infection, which required the wound to be reopened. IMHO I think this may have been cause for the second repair.
The second was seen on CT scan, didn't realize I had another one brewing, as I am one of the 'fluffy' girls.
I had the CT scan because of severe abdominal pain, turned out a had a nasty cyst on my remaining ovary.
By the time I had my surgery, 10 wks after the CT, the thing was the size of a 4-5 month pregnancy from above my navel to abot mid abdomen about 8 inches across.
I just had a second open repair done on 06/23.
I do believe surgery can be done by lap., it all depends on the size and severity.
I remember waking up from surgery, looking down and could have lit up the room with the smile on my face from having that thing GONE!
Anyhoo, although it is a bit uncomfortable the first few days, and it stinks not to be able to lift etc (I have a 4 year old) In the big scheme of things, as long as you really take it easy after the surgery, it's not as bad or scary as it sounds.
Good luck to you .
If you need anything else, have specific questions, please feel free to ask.

Thank you so much for all of the info..I too have a four year old.. so sometimes not lifting is hard.. mine is the size of a nerf football too and very uncomfortable to drive ect. My appointment seems way off and I get impatient with it all. oh well.. not much I can do but suffer..wait , try and cope with daily life and pray for early bedtimes!
Unread 08-28-2005, 07:52 AM
Incisional hernia repair

Amen to early bed times!

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