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Old 04-22-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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Can hernia repair mesh move or rip?

Hi, I had open surgery to repair a large incisional hernia with mesh about five months ago. A couple of weeks ago I had a bad cough which caused a lot of pain in my abdomen, after one violent episode of coughing I realised that the hernia has come back! It's in exactly the same place as before and is just as big as it was. My GP has confirmed this and I'm seeing the surgeon again soon. Does anyone know if the mesh can rip or move around and away from the hernia please? If so, where does it go and should I be worried? I'm getting sharp stabbing pains & am very tender & sore. Any ideas what will happen next? Thanks.

 
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:38 PM   #2
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Re: Can hernia repair mesh move or rip?

Yes the mesh may have given way from where it was sutured, causing the hole to open up and the hernia to recur. The mesh would still be there in the abdominal wall, but has shifted. I hate to say it, but I think your hernia may have to be repaired again. In the future, if you get a cough, get aggressive at suppressing it through appropriate treatment so you don't get a disruption again. Sorry this happened to you!

 
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:45 PM   #3
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Re: Can hernia repair mesh move or rip?

Thanks so much for the fast reply, I appreciate your kindness. I can't quite believe this is happening, I had a huge seroma after the surgery, I came home with a drain which stayed in for four weeks, then the surgeon drained well over a litre out at one go. It took ages for the swelling to go down, oddly it dramatically reduced once the hernia had appeared again, just as though it had been waiting for someone to let it drain away. I wonder if I'll have to wait long to get it sorted, hopefully not! Thanks again.

 
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Re: Can hernia repair mesh move or rip?

Actually the fact that you developed a large seroma post-op probably contributed to poor healing in that area and the current disruption. If you get it fixed again, hopefully, you will no such complications and the next repair will heal normally and be stronger.

 
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:29 PM   #5
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Re: Can hernia repair mesh move or rip?

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Actually the fact that you developed a large seroma post-op probably contributed to poor healing in that area and the current disruption. If you get it fixed again, hopefully, you will no such complications and the next repair will heal normally and be stronger.
do you have any bowel or bladder problems after the surgery? Don't want to scare you but have severe abdominal pain with pelvic floor problems since my surgery. Look up hernia topix forum, people have had severe problems from mesh

 
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