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  #1  
Unread 06-12-2006, 03:41 PM
Incisional hernia

Hello,

I just found out that I probably have an incisional hernia. I had my TAH 2 years ago. I wonder if adhesions aren't involved because something feels strange about my cuff. It feels like the two problems are connected somehow. Any tips for talking to my surgeon (a general surgeon) or diagnosis? I haven't met him yet... still waiting for a referral. I am a teacher and off for the summer, but need to be ready to return by August. I appreciate any suggestions you might have. Thanks so much and best wishes for your health!
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Unread 06-13-2006, 02:25 PM
Incisional hernia

Hi,
I had a TAH/BSO almost three years ago. I had a lap in March to remove major adhesions. Going into the lap, the doctor told me he thought I may have an incisional hernia, and that he would have a general surgeon take a look during the lap, and if it was, then it would turn into a laporotomy and I would have to stay in the hospital three days, instead of going home that day. Truns out it wasn't a hernia, just a bunch more adhesions, and everything was stuck to the vaginal cuff, so the lump felt like a hernia. This doctor did an awesome job of "cleaning" me out with just four new holes. So hopefully you will find the same thing! I took two weeks off from work, could have used a little more, but everybody is different. Good Luck!!!
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Unread 07-07-2006, 09:38 AM
Incisional hernia

I just saw your post today....I did have an Incisional/Ventral Hernia following my TAH/BSO 11/07/05 just 4 weeks ago......they did find lots of adhesions also that showed up on a CT Scan as more hernias....the Surgeon told me that when they are in there they fix all adhesions and anything that they feel within reason to fix whatever that meant....I can tell you that I hope for your sake that you do not go through what I am ...they went in initially just laprascopic and ended up reopening nearly half of my hysterectomy incision as well ...due to the size of the hernia and location close to my bladder they had no choice but to do open surgery...they removed my adhesions and also used a mesh to help hold the hernia in place....well the mesh to me is my problem ...I hurt all the time and I am having to stay on the Dr to find out if something might be wrong ( they are hesitant and rationing me on pain meds now) and I am 4 weeks out I should be off pain meds and have no need for them at this point but I cant live like this ....sorry I started venting in the middle of this lol!! Anyway my point in this was if there are any adhesions your surgeon will take care of those .....just in case mention it to them.....I hope I didnt scare you just because I am having a hard time dosent mean you will.......I wish you a speedy recovery keep me posted on what you find out... Kat
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Unread 07-07-2006, 11:15 AM
Incisional hernia

I have to say, I'm not entirely sure what an incisional hernia is, but I just had a laparotomy 1.5 yrs after my hyst, and they found my bladder "cemented" to my colon (that explains ALOT!) and several herniated loops of bowel that had become twisted and tied off, one was even necrotic! Don't know how food passed thru there at all, although at the end, I was vomiting and could not have BM so I knew I had a blockage - turns out I had several! I have a vertical incision, 30+ staples, healing pretty good, although where my other lap and hyst scar (went thru laprtmy scar for hyst, horizontal) intersect with my new vertical scar, is taking a while to close up. Had no idea about this, I would ask surgeon if this could be a concern. I had no bowel prep, surprise surprise. I'm healing wonderfullly, except stupid me had sex too soon, and wound up w/pain (and I didn't have ANY PAIN after day 3 w/this!) and a raging bladder/kidney infection. Take care of yourself, take it easy and no sex too early! That's my advice!
In general though, I feel SO much better now that they've found and fixed the prob. I hope you will have the same results! Let us know how you do.
By the way, I know all of us are different, but I went back to work yesterday, even with all this stuff going on. I have an office job, so I'm sure being a teacher is tougher. I'd have the surg ASAP to get your healing done, but remember, if you don't get there in time for school to start, YOU COME FIRST! Take care of yourself!
Love, C

EDIT: I just wanted to add that I also have mesh to prevent those organs from becoming cemented again. Another thing to ask your surgeon about.
Also, the whole reason I posted this (duh!) was to say that I didn't know if your problem (incisional hernia) was the same as mine (herniated loops of bowel) and if it is similar than maybe my story will help!
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Unread 07-08-2006, 10:28 PM
Incisional hernia

I had a TAH/BSO on 11/30/2004 due to Ovaraian and Uterine cancer. I was cute from about 2 inches above my bellly button around it and all the way down to my pelvic bone (incision is about 16 inches long). In the summer of 2005 I had a cold and noticed this bulge when I coughed behind and a little to the left of my belly button. It was an Incisional/ventral umbilical hernia. An incisional hernia is basically a hernia that delvelops at the site of an abdominal incision. Because it was behind the top part of my previous incision my dr (the same gyn/oncologist who did my major surgey) reopened the top 4-5 inches when I had the hernia repair done on 09/07/2005 . Since there wasnt actually a tear just stretched tissue he basically folded it over and stitched it together. Well about 1 1/2 months ago, I was laying in bed and coughing due to a cold and wouldnt ya know that darn alien bukge was back in the same place.o lucky me gets to go in om 08/07/2006, 11 months to the day following the last repair to have the 'repair" repaired! I will yet again have the top portion of my incision reopened about 4 -5 inches, arggggggggggggggggggg. This time a hernia spoecialist will do the surgery and he will use the mesh to strengthen the weak muscle tissue. Hopefully this will be it. 3 surgeries in less than two years , with six months of chemo thnrown in there as well is mot really my idea of fun!
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Unread 07-28-2006, 08:31 PM
Incisional hernia - ongoing pain after surgery

I had my hysterectomy in February 2005, and incisional hernia repair surgery about 6 weeks ago. I'm STILL swollen and sore from the hernia surgery. Any suggestions on how to reduce the swelling? Doctor says it seems to be normal, no infection, etc. But, it now hurts more than just the hernia itself! To do the repair, they re-opened the hysterectomy incision several inches and used a mesh to repair the hernia. (P.S. I just discovered this website....wish I knew about it a year ago, but thankful to have found it now.)
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Unread 08-03-2006, 07:14 AM
Incisional hernia

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Originally Posted by joannel
I had my hysterectomy in February 2005, and incisional hernia repair surgery about 6 weeks ago. I'm STILL swollen and sore from the hernia surgery. Any suggestions on how to reduce the swelling? Doctor says it seems to be normal, no infection, etc. But, it now hurts more than just the hernia itself! To do the repair, they re-opened the hysterectomy incision several inches and used a mesh to repair the hernia. (P.S. I just discovered this website....wish I knew about it a year ago, but thankful to have found it now.)
we are in the same boat then I too am having the same problem and had the same procedure done as you and I am 6 weeks out from it also .....I use my heating pad in the evening it seems to help some with the swelling....good luck hope you feel better soon Kat
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Unread 08-03-2006, 01:07 PM
Incisional hernia

It is funny you mentioned this. I had my LAVH six years ago. Last year I lost a lot of weight and started exercising. I noticed this bulge right over the pubic area. My doctor was baffled by this. I had had previous laparscopies and this is on the areas that they went through. I went to a general surgeon and he thinks it could either be endometriosis (doubtful) or like an incisional hernia. It doesn't cause me any pain but it is a concern every time I go to the doctor. I've decised to have it removed to make sure. I know my gyn could do this but I'm not having any other real issues. I just want this bulge/sac gone. I can feel it when I lay on my stomach. I guess it is best to be done with it but I hope it will not be too painful. Good luck with yours. I hate going through surgeries again myself!
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Unread 08-13-2006, 12:01 PM
Incisional hernia

Well, I still have swelling from my incisional hernia repair, 8 weeks ago, but I'm now going back to full activity despite the ongoing problems. I have a couple of mysterious lumps, one 2 inches or so above the incision, and the others right near the incision, and the surgeon says they're neither additional hernias, nor stitches, etc. and he did a ct scan (because of the one a couple of inches away), and nothing abnormal showed though he can easily feel it. So, we're opting for no additional surgeries for now, and maybe the lumps will go away in a couple of months? And, the inflammation too? But, now, I'm wondering....what are adhesions that some of you are mentioning?

Joanne
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