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Old 01-10-2010, 03:52 AM   #61
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Re: groin hernia repair

Hi guys,

I thought I'd post in this topic instead of starting another.

I'm a 33 year old UK male with a double hernia(inguinal). I found out I had these several months ago after suffering from quite a lot of pain in my right testicle and lower abdominal. I went to the hospital and they found the hernias while having an ultrasound. At the time I didn't really have any pain on the hernia on the left, but I'm a pretty active guy and my day and night job involves lifting etc, in which the hernias have got worse. And now I'm in pretty constant pain with both of them.

I've booked myself into the hospital, already have had the pre-op, and now received the letter from the NHS telling me to ring to make an appointment for the op.

After reading the herniabible site and stories around other message boards, around the problems that may occur from using mesh, I'm starting to worry very much of to go ahead with it. However, as mentioned, the hernias are affecting my way of life. I've at to stop cycling due to being in constant pain. No more weights, can't really do any jogging. It's affecting my day job. I've just given my night job(Bouncer) up because of the pain when I'm standing for long periods.

I feel like im stuck. With me being UK based, and not affording to go any other way than going through the NHS with the mesh, theres nothing much I can do. Some of the stories I have read though really are starting to knock me.

Also, I've never been put to sleep before. This is another thing thats worrying the hell outta me.. I'm like a nervous wreck at the moment..lol

Anyway, I thought I'd share this with you.

Is there anyone on here that have had the mesh repair and not had any problems? I always seem to read the bad stories, but no good stories regarding hernia surgery this way.

 
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Old 01-10-2010, 10:14 AM   #62
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Re: groin hernia repair

Its my theory that successful procedures would not be posted on health issue related topic boards: They worked so a recipient wouldn't have reason to research remedies.

From my limited research, and my personal nightmare experience, I've been led to believe 70%~80% of the operations have patients at or very near 100% in about 2 weeks with limited long term discomfort.
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Old 01-11-2010, 02:41 PM   #63
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Re: groin hernia repair

DerbyDave: Being put under is no big deal at all. You will feel a little dizzy for about 3 seconds or so, then you will be out and will wake up groggy. At least that's the way it went for me.

I would recommend requesting non-mesh repair if possible...some people are fine, others, as you have read, have pain from the mesh. If you can save/finance some money, there is a Doc in Las Vegas that did mine for about $4k, non-mesh, no insurance. Obviously it would cost you more to travel there... but it was worth it for me to find a way to avoid the mesh style repair, reading some of the same stuff you have. And I don't regret the extra cost of the travel at all.

The repair itself is generally not a big deal, and recovery is 2-4 weeks depending on the person. Should be able to do light (non-lifting) work in 1-2 weeks. I got mine in July '09 and I am fine now.

 
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Old 01-13-2010, 03:28 PM   #64
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Re: groin hernia repair

My surgery was LESS expensive without using mesh, but if your hernias are large enough, mesh is usually suggested. You can talk to your doctor about both methods. With me, my surgeon was pretty sure that mesh wouldn't be required since the hernias were relatively small (I could notice them, but they were not a huge bulge). If it's determined that they can sew up the area without putting strain on the tissue, then you may not need to use mesh. See what your doctor thinks! But it should not cost MORE to get the traditional method used for your hernia repair.

I agree that getting put under isn't bad at all! I WOULD suggest talking to your doctor about nausea medication as a preventive. Some people do get nauseous from anesthesia, and believe me.. you do not want to feel nauseous after abdominal surgery! The first time I had anesthesia for oral surgery, I was given pills to take ahead of time to help prevent nausea. They worked great! I don't even remember waking up really, and just remember getting into the car with my mom (she took care of me after the surgery) and getting home, and I was really tired the first day and just slept a lot. For my hernia surgery (I also had two inguinal hernias- mine were indirect), I felt sick that day due to a migraine unfortunately. I wasn't able to take my migraine medication because it was on the restricted list of meds I could take that took before surgery, so I felt pretty bad from that. They did give me medication in my IV, but I felt nauseous from the migraine and almost threw up... it hurt my abs a LOT from the heaving! Definitely take precaution just in case.

As for cost, remember that when using insurance, it's usually broken up into three different bills. Nobody told me this from my doctor's office and I found out on here and other websites. I got a bill for my anesthesiologist, hospital, and surgeon. My insurance covered 80% of all of them. I paid around $1200 after insurance. I didn't discuss payment plan options, but keep in mind that some places do offer payment plans so you don't have to pay it all at once. Ask them if this is an option! It probably would have costed me more if they had to use mesh, since that would be a little more complicated of a surgery.

It's been 2 months and I feel back to my normal self. I notice that my lower abs aren't as flat as they used to be, but I imagine it's just from not working out that area as much, as I imagine it takes some time. I can run without a problem and lift light weights. I still have scar tissue and can feel ridges under my skin, but my surgeon said this can last some months. I also have red lines from the incisions (two, about 2.5 inches each, I didn't get laporascopic surgery), which I hope will fade lighter one day. I do have some slight numbness at the surface of my skin on one side in one area. I notice it while shaving... I feel like the top of my skin is numb there. This is something else I've talked to many others about... even women who have had C-sections often have this problem from nerves being cut... and it often can take a while for the feeling to come back. It isn't anything that bothers me and I hardly notice it though, but one lady told me it took about 6 months for the numbness to go away for her.

Let us know if you have any other questions! You will do fine. I was very nervous and now I just feel so relieved I did it... just take it easy afterwards and accept any help offered from family/friends. I took a week and a half off of work. I might have been able to return after one week, but the Vicodin I was taking made me depressed and moody, and I honestly felt like an emotional wreck! Yikes! I don't get that good, relaxed feeling most get from Vicodin!

 
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:23 PM   #65
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Re: groin hernia repair

DerbyDave: You might have had your procedures already, but for reference -if you didn't have it yet- I had "the plug" inguinal hernia operation 2 years ago, and it took me
a couple of weeks to walk without pain. But I didn't take any anesthetics at all. I just was careful with my movements, and suffered the pain. I believe that many hernia patients take strong painkillers, and because the pain is reduced, the feel they are ok, exert themselves beyond the amount of stretch the hernia mess, patch, or plug can hold. That may cause little damage that lingers on and prevent a full healing, or cause a
failure over the long term. My suggestion to anyone planning a hernia repair: Move slowly and stay home for at least 2 weeks - even if you don't feel pain. No sudden or
abrupt movements, and no speedy actions or weights for another 4 weeks.

 
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:08 PM   #66
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Re: groin hernia repair

A big thanks to everyone who contributed to this post. I, like many others have searched forums for hernia surgery stories and no doubt most of them are horror stories. It would stand to reason that people would only be posting negative experiences, because how often do we mention the good, especially on the internet.

I am a 29 year old male and personally have a small inguinal hernia on my right side and will be having surgery in the near future. The doctor recommended the mesh surgery, but I am now going to inquire about having it done without the mesh. My main concern is pain coming back, especially in chronic and debilitating fashion. I am a runner who tries to do at least 100 miles a month. At this point though, it hurts to just walk a mile. I am hoping and praying that surgery will fix this and get me back to my old self.

Really though, thanks so much to everyone for posting here because there are people out there like me who have already spent days reading awful stories of procedures gone wrong. I realize it's been over 2 years since the last post here, but if by chance anyone sees this, how are you feeling now? Have you fully recovered?

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Old 03-26-2012, 11:22 PM   #67
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Re: groin hernia repair

An update for me. I had open surgery on my inguinal hernia on March 9th. After the horror stories I've read online and from several friends and relatives, I opted have a NON-mesh surgery. I did not feel comfortable with the possibility of chronic pain from mesh related issues. It is now March 27th, two and a half weeks later. I can happily report that I am virtually pain free at this point. Up to walking 4 miles a day with almost no discomfort. I consider myself to be very blessed. While initially, the recovery process may be a little more debilitating, I strongly suggest that anyone with a smaller inguinal hernia to consider the option of an open surgery without mesh. There are far too many bad and discouraging stories out there and so few positive ones. Keeping that in mind though, if you find yourself reading this someday, possibly even years from when it was posted, please understand that the vast majority of people who have successful surgery stories rarely post about it online. You instead have a flood of people with horror stories hoping for answers, but only finding others in a similar situation. Either way, rest assured that regardless of your current predicament, there are others out there going through the same thing. Just don't give up hope.

 
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:36 AM   #68
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Re: groin hernia repair

Hi Cowpin8,
Hope you are well,
I've suffered from a hernia operation for now 9 years,
I've got a constant itch and burning feeling in my leg, also at times my thigh has a nerve twinge pain, which is really sore. Some days the itching is unbearable.
I'm thinking of going to see some doctors again (at first all of them told me to give it time). I can feel one of the screws, and think it's the cause of my pain.
I have a few questions, how did it all work our for you?
did you have the screws removed? and how is the pain today?
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:30 PM   #69
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Re: groin hernia repair

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Hi guys,

I thought I'd post in this topic instead of starting another.

I'm a 33 year old UK male with a double hernia(inguinal). I found out I had these several months ago after suffering from quite a lot of pain in my right testicle and lower abdominal. I went to the hospital and they found the hernias while having an ultrasound. At the time I didn't really have any pain on the hernia on the left, but I'm a pretty active guy and my day and night job involves lifting etc, in which the hernias have got worse. And now I'm in pretty constant pain with both of them.

I've booked myself into the hospital, already have had the pre-op, and now received the letter from the NHS telling me to ring to make an appointment for the op.

After reading the herniabible site and stories around other message boards, around the problems that may occur from using mesh, I'm starting to worry very much of to go ahead with it. However, as mentioned, the hernias are affecting my way of life. I've at to stop cycling due to being in constant pain. No more weights, can't really do any jogging. It's affecting my day job. I've just given my night job(Bouncer) up because of the pain when I'm standing for long periods.

I feel like im stuck. With me being UK based, and not affording to go any other way than going through the NHS with the mesh, theres nothing much I can do. Some of the stories I have read though really are starting to knock me.

Also, I've never been put to sleep before. This is another thing thats worrying the hell outta me.. I'm like a nervous wreck at the moment..lol

Anyway, I thought I'd share this with you.

Is there anyone on here that have had the mesh repair and not had any problems? I always seem to read the bad stories, but no good stories regarding hernia surgery this way.
Well, here I am, nearly 3 years later after my post.

I went ahead and had my double hernia operation in Feb 2010, with mesh. After my worries of being put to sleep, I didn't in the end. I stayed awake for the operation due to having a reflux problem at the time and they said I may get fluid in my lungs. I ended up having the epidural and the operation lasted for around 1 1/2 hours. Give or take 15 mins from what I remember.

I was treated very well by the team. With this being my first op, as anybody, I was worried. Especially as I could actually feel the whole op and the surgeon doing his work. It was pretty painful at times.

Anyway, enough of that. I'm here to tell you how I am now and the length it had taken me to get back to my best.

After the op I ended up in doors for around 2 months, doing basically nothing. The surgeon did tell me with me having a double hernia op at the same time, it would take longer to get back on my feet. It sure did. And at times it was very painful. Especially the first 6 weeks.

For the first year I had niggles here and there where the op had taken place. Plus I had the usually non feeling in that part.

Today. Well, I feel virtually nothing. I get the odd slight niggle here and there, but nothing to worry about.

I'm back into my training, weight lifting, boxing, cycling and have no problems whatsoever.

I'm very happy I went ahead with the operation.

I thought I'd put this up as usually the guys that get well and have no problems don't come back here and post. It's usually the people that have problems.

 
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:21 AM   #70
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I have to have mine the 13 of nov but i found out i have to have a stress test done ct scan
chest Xray why do i have to have all this done? and how do they do the stress test? i am needel phobic and do they have to cather you for open surgery? and if they do do they do it while your sleep where you don't feel it?

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Old 01-27-2013, 06:34 PM   #71
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My surgery was performed in Dec. o8. I am still having problems. I have been to a different doctor and both say I need pain management. I burn and sting all the time and fairly often, it's like a big knot comes up in my right side and I feel like I have catch inside. It takes days for it to go away. Each time I go to the doctor, he presses down on the incision sight and it's days before I get straightened out again.
I had bilateral inguinal surgery in April 2011 with mesh felt better month later then had defacating problems and abdominal pain hurts to sit lost 50 lbs and developed urinating problems. Had mesh removed in oct 2012 colon had scar tissue wich was removed and nerves untangled in mesh which was cut and buried in tissue still have bloating and difficult bowel movements and pain down thigh doc said it could take 6mo to year for things to get better hope he is right time spent mostly in bed

 
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