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Unread 12-05-2002, 09:00 AM
Hernia repair questions

Hi Joselle,

I just thought I would let you know that your not alone. I had my Hyst on 9-13-02 and I developed a huge incisional hernia. It at first was small about the size of an small orange. But as I time has gone on it's grown so huge I also look 9 months pregnant and my stomach is sore to the touch. I have seen my surgeon and he said he wouldn't consider doing anything until three months so that their would be no complications. I hope they don't make you wait that long because it keeps tearing and getting bigger. Also I don't know if you have this symptom but where my intestine is under the skin it feels warmer to touch than other parts. That's how the Dr. said I can tell how large. I will tell you that lately I either have grown to deal with the little pains or it's not as bad as last month. Let me know what your doctor says. I would love to get other peoples input also.

Oh, just a note. I found out that my insurance will pay for a tummy tuck if I find a plastic surgeon that will do it at the same time as my hernia repair. I now actually am excited about getting it done. At least they will be cutting me for something I would like to see done. Because of this I now have to wait until the beginning of February to schedule them together.

Good luck and your in my prayers.

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Unread 12-05-2002, 10:26 AM
Hi Joselle,

Me too! I am also having a hernia repaired although mine is a femoral hernia. I am also having a bladder tack,LSO (large cyst), lysis of adhesions and a tummy tuck. I am scared to death and dont really know what to expect. I asked my Dr if it was going to be as bad as the first time around with the TAH and his response was "yes and no", so whatever that means. I know I had a terrible time with pain control in the hospital last time and am hoping I wont have that problem again. I was miserable on morphine but did well once I was changed to Demerol. So my dr is going to start me off on demoral this time. Weird thing is that morphine is much stronger than demerol. Who knows?

I think not knowing what to expect is the worst part, it tends to make me expect the worst. I hope not.

Renee...I totally agree, the only reason that I am the least bit excited about this surgery is because I know that I am getting a tummy tuck at the same time. WooHoo!!

I hope we all do very well with minimal pain. Good Luck.

My surgery is next Tuesday December 10th. When is ya'll's?

Unread 12-06-2002, 10:04 AM
Hernia repair questions

Hi ladies!!!

I find it rather amazing so many are having hernia's lately after their surgery.

It seems just a bit ago I was going thru this with a bunch of other sisters having Hernia repair done. I am 4 weeks post from my last surgery (see signiture... ) which included a ventral hernia repair.

At this point I have to say I have more pain from where the hernia repair is than where most of the work to remove the other messes were. Granted my surgen had to make me a new belly button ( I have an inny now!!! ) and I'm sure that has something to do with it. It hurts if I reach, lift anything more than a gal of milk, or stand to long. I had to have an incision from my belly button to the top of my bikini cut and the incision feels better than my BB.

I notice that several of you are having surgery for other things as well as the hernia repair, Have any of you discussed using an adhesion barrier at all this time? Have you researched any them and searched the pros and cons? It is something to think about even if it's not for everyone. www.adhesions.org has lots of info about it.

I also wanted to state that I had the mini tummy tuck back in April when I had my LSO, I know for me my tummy felt tighter for a long time....it seemed to take a little longer to be able to use my abs for everyday things. When I got swelly belly it really seemed to give me the feeling that my inside muscles were trying to stretch. So please be careful with the tucks...it is a little different in the abs healing dept. I may have been on a bad luck streak to and you ladies may not have this at all.

I hope this helps a little bit...if you do a search on Hernia you'll find posts from me and the others I mentioned who just had surgery for the same thing...

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Unread 12-06-2002, 02:14 PM
Wish I could have a tummy tuck

Thanks for your responses. I don't feel so alone now - except they won't do a tummy tuck although I could really use one. I'm still wavering a bit on doctors and I really did want to lose another 20 lbs before the surgery, but I don't think I can wait that long. I will probably be able to have this scheduled for early February.

I get this 'yes and no' business from my doctor as well. Not very informative and I agree, that means I don't know what to expect and that's a little scary. Besides, how can I plan for recovery if I don't know what to expect?

Dawn, I don't like hearing that the hernia part of your surgery bothers you more than the rest!! I just try to remember that when I had my TAH/BSO it just kept getting better and better every day and every week was a milestone. Hopefully this will turn out to be the same. I just want to get on with my life and I really hope this helps me do that and doesn't make things worse!!

Unread 12-07-2002, 04:00 AM
Hernia repair questions

Now Joselle sweetie....

Remember I am only 4 weeks post op now.....And she had to do a lot of work around my belly button to....when I was sewed back up she had to start at my belly button, stitch the hernia, remake my belly button, incorporate another hernia around the facia and then continue on to closing everything else up. So there was a lot involved....

Even tho this surgery cleared up my other problems ( so far as I can tell for now) it was still major surgery....you will have the same time for healing and it will be like starting over with all the gas pain, swelly belly, and other healing issues. With any Hernia repair it will be a little more tender for a while....the lifting restrictions are longer for some ladies also depending on where the hernia is and how they fixed it. Everyone heals differently....and one of the things you must remember is that a hernia is a weaking in the abdominal walls.....those muscles can sure take time to heal to...

Please be sure to discuss with your doc what kind of restrictions and how long a hernia repair can take to heal....your's could be way different than mine...

Unread 12-07-2002, 10:02 AM
burning lowerleft side

what causes a hernia?...and what are some of the symptoms that you all felt ..that a hernia could be detected from . i am 3 weeks post op from Tah....and feel almost a stabbing like feeling on that left lower side ... almost like someone left a big ole sharp tool in me ~ ... i was chalking it up to stretched and weakened muscles ... but reading these posts .. i was just wondering if i pulled something else not knowing it
thank you . and i wish you all the best of luck
Unread 12-08-2002, 03:36 AM
Hernia repair questions


For me when I had my Hernia......I could feel the bulge. I had a lump the size of a golf ball just to the left of my belly button. I had a hot burning feeling where this lump was. It effected my digestion as the lump would push on my stomache whenever I ate causeing severe acid reflux....indigestion and nausea.

Some sisters don't know when they have a hernia as it can be deeper inside. I know lifting was agony....anything that required use of my abs was painful....even sitting.

If you do a search on the forums....type in hernia and there should be quite a few posts about what the others were feeling when they had thiers....

Unread 12-12-2002, 05:32 AM
How I knew I had a hernia

It took a long time for me to know I had a hernia. Right away after my surgery I noticed I was lopsided. I got various explanations for this. But the bulge on the left side near my belly button didn't go away and, in fact, got bigger. It didn't hurt when it was small. Or maybe it did and I just attributed the pain to other things. Anyway, eventually this bulge became large enough that even though doctors just said 'it's a weakening in your abdominal muscle and if it were any worse it would be a hernia' I figured out for myself that it didn't have to get worse to be a hernia. Because I have chosen to lose weight before surgery my hernia has grown and is now quite painful. It pulls on my back and pushes on other areas and I can feel when the hole gets bigger, as it is sore. My hole is large enough that incarceration is not really a danger, so that is lucky since it has given me time to lose the weight I need to lose.

I still don't know if it is best to get down to my ideal weight before surgery. I don't really know what weight I would like to be - it's so long since I've been anywhere close to my 'ideal' weight!! I'm torn between hurrying up the surgery so I can do many of the things this is preventing me from doing and waiting so that I'll make sure to give myself the best possible chance of success. I'm beginning to think 15 or 20 lbs left to lose might not be such a big deal since my life is so impacted by the hernia at this point. I'm tired of the pain and anxious about the unknown. I'm sure many of you understand the feeling!

Unread 03-02-2004, 06:27 PM
Followup on Ajemian


My story is similar to yours - hernia (repaired multiple times). the last time had mesh.

Then I was diagnosed with MRSA and all the mesh had to come out. I will be at risk for tearing from now on.

I wondered how you are now? I'm only 3 months since mine and would love to hear how you are faring now.

Unread 03-03-2004, 09:48 AM
Hernia repair questions

I was sure surprised to see this thread up again!!

I had my surgery over a year ago. I have no problem with the mesh, no pain from where the hernia was, that's all just fine. The problem for me is that left sided pain that was thought to be caused by the hernia turns out to remain and it is debilitating. I have been to paiin management, had ultrasounds and CAT scans, etc. Nothing shows and nobody wants to operate (including me) without some idea of what could be causing the pain. You can't tell pain by looking at it. And another surgery could just cause more problems. Do I suggest surgery for hernias? YES. Do I understand the risks of surgery? YES. Complications are part of the deal and that's life. I find ways to live my life as normal as possible without drugs and without feeling sorry for myself.
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