Incisional Hernia Repair

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Pauliwog45
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   Posted 4/23/2009 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

Has anyone had open surgery for hernia repair. I have an incisional hernia with a large loop of small bowel being strangulated......which has been giving me great pain over the last few weeks. Surgery on May 11. open surgery because of it's complexity. The original surgery was several years ago and of course was for a resection.
Thanks.......
Paul

Dagger
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   Posted 4/24/2009 1:50 AM (GMT 0)   
I haven't had open surgery, mine was laproscopic. I have another hernia that I need to get fixed but I haven't talked to a surgeon yet.

How did you find out your bowel was being strangulated and why do they have to do open surgery? My hernia occasionally causes pain but I can't see the surgeon I've chosen until mid June so no one is really monitoring it.

broomhilda
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   Posted 4/23/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Paul & Dagger- I have one too. Just above the pelvic bone at the end of my incision. Mine isn't giving me constant pain yet, however, it is growing in size. They are monitoring it. My question is for you both. When you have a bowel movement do you think you're completely done...start to get up off the toilet...and then there is a "little" more bowel to finish? I'm not sure if this is from the intestine sticking out of abdominal cavity or scar tissue from my surgery.

Dagger- I'm guessing they may want to insert some mesh like material to heal the hernia better. Maybe that's why it can't be done laproscopic?
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium, Lexapro, Nulev, Glucosamine, Multi-Vitamin, Calcium Citrate, Ultracet. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, kidney stones & peri-menopausal.


Bammer
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   Posted 4/23/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Paul, I am having a resection done on May 11th. I am wondering from all of you, what do think caused the hernias in the first place?

55 yr. old F dx. CD 07/07
Was on prednisone for three months but no medication for next 11 months.
Started weekly methotrexate injections 09/22/08.
Sigmoidectomy scheduled for May 11/2009


broomhilda
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   Posted 4/23/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
My guess is all the straining trying to use the bathroom when I was trying to heal. I had an upper respiratory infection beginning the day of my surgery so I did alot of coughing during my heal too. I don't know if this is a common occurance with CD patients that have laproscopy or not. My surgery was the full incision from bellybutton to pelvic bone. Good luck with your surgery and hope it's your "magic bullet" for a long, long, time!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium, Lexapro, Nulev, Glucosamine, Multi-Vitamin, Calcium Citrate, Ultracet. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, kidney stones & peri-menopausal.


PSA
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   Posted 4/23/2009 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Paul
Good luck for your surgery on May 11. Please keep us posted. I am very eager to know the outcome, as I too suffer from incisional hernia. Infact, the hernia is quite big. The left side of my abdomen is bulging out, as big as a honey dew melon. I always use binder. Doctors had told me that it would be too risky for me to go for repair because of too many adhesions. During my first surgery the abdomen had burst open and would not heal for over 5 months. During my second surgery (resection), my abdomen (stoma incision) and the small intestines and burst, just after 4 days of surgery and the stools had started coming out of that area.

Wish you all the best. Take Care
45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
 
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005; Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
 
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Dagger
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   Posted 4/23/2009 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Bammer, I wish I knew what caused the hernias. They call them incisional hernias but mine are no where near any of my many holes and incisions. My first hernia showed up shortly after my second abdominal surgery. It was at the top right side of my abdomen and it would bulge out to the size of a cantaloupe. I looked hysterical in a bathing suit.

The second hernia appeared out of nowhere. It's in the middle about halfway between my belly button and sternum. It's still pretty small but it hurts sometimes. The first one never hurt.

I would love to know how to avoid hernias in the future. The surgery was awful; much worse than my resection, that's why I've been postponing this repair.

onthecan
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   Posted 4/23/2009 11:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Pauliwog45 said...
Hi,

Has anyone had open surgery for hernia repair. I have an incisional hernia with a large loop of small bowel being strangulated......which has been giving me great pain over the last few weeks. Surgery on May 11. open surgery because of it's complexity. The original surgery was several years ago and of course was for a resection.
Thanks.......
Paul
smilewinkgrin Hi Paul how are you doing pain wise why i'm asking and why i answered like this is because we share the same story i to have a incisional hernia for almost 7 months it just popped out and is out to stay now its to the right above the belly button and the size of an orange now but they won't operate on me for the reason i don't have enough bowel left to do anything with and have alot of bowel obstructions and there scared if i have to have an emergency surgery that i would be a huge mess in there and the would have to get all that mesh out of there before they even beging to repair the rupture or obstruction,i guess according to my doctors the reason it happened is because i had so many belly surgeries that the skin and muscle is weak there and after all a hernia is a muscle that just pops out and causes great pain i can't do anything any more even sweeping my floors and i'm a neat freak so its really hard and vaccumming is also hard on ya,anything that your gonna pull push tug or lift get help don't do it at all you don't want to hurt yourself worse than what you are right now.May,11th is coming up soon i'm sure you will get along great and feel at least 80% better than what you feel right now that is so the best of luck to you on surgery day i'll be thinking of you and please let me know how you get along cause if you can ahndle it okay and you will i'm sure i am going to beg the doctors to do mine next. Good Luck Paul Your Buddy Jenn yeah
Had Crohns 17 years had numerous bowel resections,fistulas,fissures,hemmies,kidney problems,fibro,arthritis,dignosed at 13 had GI feeding tube,nasal feeding tube,cental lines,ports,4 ruptured bowel emergency surgeries,TMJ,depression,current meds are Hydromorphone,30 ,Hydromophome,8 ,Ketoprofen,100 ,Trazadone,50 ,Lorazepam,10 ,Zopliclone,5 ,atriplyine,75 ,Losac,50 Tylenol Athritis ,B-12 injections ,Iron injections ,Gravol,75 Predisone,5mg ,Humira,40mg once a week.Still looking for the doctor with all the answers if you find him forward him to me please.P.S my bathroom is the nicest room in my house cause i spend so much time there,i am thinking about installing the computer and maybe a hot-dog stand.


gachrons
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   Posted 4/24/2009 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I have one also that is large and after some reading up I had read that infection can cause them.. I too wear a binder now for about 2 months now. I had the surgery for resection about 15 months ago.. The binder is helping alot now much better for housework and the bending over to do stuff. It seems to be getting smaller as well and I feel much more confident in doing things,also thinking it will help from it getting larger.. my whole abdomin seems to be getting stronger and not as fat looking.. Not so much that big old two butt look so I am pleased with it but am hoping it isn't going to be a forever thing I read that they can improve so here's to hoping... Wishing you the best with your surgery and let us know how things go... lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail
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Pauliwog45
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   Posted 4/24/2009 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

WOW!!!  Whenever I think I'm alone in this struggle with this disease you guys all come through for me. Sorry you are having to deal with the same stuff as me, but I'm really glad you are all here.

I've had the hernia for some time, actually it formed around 1 year after my surgery.  I has slowly been getting bigger and bigger and for the most part just annoying.  I've had around 6 bowel obstructions in the past few months and when investigated, the scan showed a large loop of bowel herniated through a small opening from an internal incision.  Depending on how food moves through, and it's consistancy, it causes the bowel to block and then can't move out of the opening and then the bowel strangulates and ta da!!!! pain.

My doc says the incisional hernia does not have to be near the external incision in your skin, because the bowel can herniate through a secondary internal incision.  When they take us apart for a resection, they really take us apart there are multiple cuts.

I too had major infection following my surgery, and he suspects that the hernia may have developed from that.  My wound had to be left open to heal after the first surgery, that is, they removed the sutures and just left by gut open to heal and close on it's own, because there was so much infection within the bowel and cavity.  Took a good six months before I was back on my feet and several more after that before I was fully physically functional.

My surgeon does not want to do it laproscopically because it is too involved (large loop of bowel), plus he wants to try to correct some of the scarring from the last surgery (open wounds leave big scars.........I have a trough right down my belly...looks horrible really).

Dagger - the pain associated with the strangulation was unreal and took me to ER several times.  It is not like the pain we suffer from when we flare.  It is like a dagger (no pun intended).  Literally drops me to the floor.  As intense as kidney stone pain, but there is no build up to it...it is instantaneous and knifelike.

Broomhilda - Yes, mesh is being used, but mesh can also be used via lap surgery.   I always feel like there is a little left to come out after a bowel movement, but I think it is because of the way my bowel is now connected to my butthole. I have Crohn's of the large intestine and had the descending and sigmoid removed.  So it never feels like I've really finished.

Bammer - my doc says straining, coughing, sneezing, getting out of bed, lifting,etc., and in my case infection can cause hernia's.  Good luck onthe 11th.

PSA-Delhi- I think we share some of the same post operative issues with healing......I don't have any adhesions that I know of......some inflammation in the small bowel, but not in the loop that is affected.  I will be using some type of binder as well after this surgery just to be on the safe side.  This hernia is a little smaller than a honeydew.  Annoying isn't it, even without the pain.

Dagger - I'm worried about recovery for this as well, but leaving it any longer is not an option.  1 - can't take the pain when it happens, 2 - missing work because of it, and 3 - it can lead to gangrenous bowel, which I don't want to consider.  Part of my problem is that I don't go to the doc when I should and I put up with pain until I can't take it anymore.......not the smartest thing. I think the reason we get the hernias all over is because the surgeries we have are pretty extensive.......I mean, our entire gut is sometimes removed and replaced during resections,  muscles are manipulated.......it's pretty traumatic to say the least.....that's why I think the hernia can develop in an area that we think is no where near our incision or problem area.

Gachrons -I should have used binding a long time ago.  I had a great deal of difficulty getting my muscles in my belly and back toned up after the surgery and because of the long healing time, they went to mush. I still find it really difficult to exercise because anyway I move, it puts pressure on my wound site and of course the darn hernia.  I'm hoping once all this is over, to be able to work out some gentle muscle building exercises for my belly.....and I think binding may help with that. Maybe people here have some ideas as well.

Thanks everyone.......like I said, I'm grateful for all of you.  I'll let you know how it goes.  I'm optimistic, I have a really great surgeon....in that.......he listens....far more than my GI doc.  My GI doc kind of just wants to treat it and get on with it.  My surgeon is also a research scientist so he is very interested in all the side diseases I get along with Crohn's (fistula, psoriasis, muscle mass loss........all that good stuff), and he is researching the genetic link that he believes some people have with regards to infectious processes.....so he keeps an eye on me, especially after the trouble with the last surgery.  He is also interested in the fact that other people in my family suffer from auto-immune diseases (RA for example).  So I'm pretty lucky to have him....wish he was a GI doc really.

and........sorry if this is long winded.......I'm on percacet and I get gabby on percs.

Thanks everyone.

Paul

 


qagal
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   Posted 5/4/2009 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I am scheduled for hernia repair on May 11 also. I have 2 incisional hernia's that have gotten larger and are now giving me pain; quite often, if I roll over in bed or try to sit up without holding myself in, the pain is really severe. It will be 'open' surgery instead of the lapo because of the size(s) and lots of adhesions.
My hernia's are from immergency colon resection (perforated colon from diverticulitis) but especially the reconnect that was done 5 months after my emergency surgery. I'm pretty sure it happened after the reconnect. I remember the 2nd day after the reconnect, I attempted to get out of the hospital bed to go to the bathroom and I swear it felt like all of the stitches had ripped out of my abdomen. I scream and started crying, the nurse ran in and immediately started pressing the button for the pain med. I was afraid to look at the bandages because I thought they would be red with my blood. But, nope, it turned out it was more than likely the abdominal stitching that had started to pull apart. It was down hill after that. In retrospect, I should have taken it easy for a lot longer and kept away from the exercises but, it would have just postponed this.
My surgeon says the surgery will take about 2 1/2 hours but I should only be in the hospital for a couple of days, so that's good news.
I asked him about the success rate of this operation and he said 80% so let's hope I'm in the 80% bracket. 
 
Good luck to all. I'll check back in after my surgery to let you know how things went.
 
 

onthecan
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   Posted 5/4/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
qagal said...
Hi. I am scheduled for hernia repair on May 11 also. I have 2 incisional hernia's that have gotten larger and are now giving me pain; quite often, if I roll over in bed or try to sit up without holding myself in, the pain is really severe. It will be 'open' surgery instead of the lapo because of the size(s) and lots of adhesions.
My hernia's are from immergency colon resection (perforated colon from diverticulitis) but especially the reconnect that was done 5 months after my emergency surgery. I'm pretty sure it happened after the reconnect. I remember the 2nd day after the reconnect, I attempted to get out of the hospital bed to go to the bathroom and I swear it felt like all of the stitches had ripped out of my abdomen. I scream and started crying, the nurse ran in and immediately started pressing the button for the pain med. I was afraid to look at the bandages because I thought they would be red with my blood. But, nope, it turned out it was more than likely the abdominal stitching that had started to pull apart. It was down hill after that. In retrospect, I should have taken it easy for a lot longer and kept away from the exercises but, it would have just postponed this.
My surgeon says the surgery will take about 2 1/2 hours but I should only be in the hospital for a couple of days, so that's good news.
I asked him about the success rate of this operation and he said 80% so let's hope I'm in the 80% bracket. 
 
Good luck to all. I'll check back in after my surgery to let you know how things went.
 
 
It seems there is a lot of on here with hernias there big gross swollen and just plain hurt you cough you hold your belly you sneeze you hold your belly its like open belly surgery all over again isn't it i hope you get along great as i'm sure you will,so is it crohn's you have or diverticulitis? Jenn (Keep Us Posted)

Had Crohns 17 years had numerous bowel resections,fistulas,fissures,hemmies,kidney problems,fibro,arthritis,dignosed at 13 had GI feeding tube,nasal feeding tube,cental lines,ports,4 ruptured bowel emergency surgeries,TMJ,depression,current meds are Hydromorphone,30 ,Hydromophome,8 ,Ketoprofen,100 ,Trazadone,50 ,Lorazepam,10 ,Zopliclone,5 ,atriplyine,75 ,Losac,50 Tylenol Athritis ,B-12 injections ,Iron injections ,Gravol,75 Predisone,5mg ,Humira,40mg once a week.Still looking for the doctor with all the answers if you find him forward him to me please.P.S my bathroom is the nicest room in my house cause i spend so much time there,i am thinking about installing the computer and maybe a hot-dog stand.


vadreamer1
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   Posted 5/4/2009 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow. I'm with all of you guys. I had a resection in May 05 and Incisional Hernia repair in Sept 06. Double hernia to the right of my belly button. No issues w/ intestines though. I was lucky. Fixed it laparoscopically and I have Gortex holding it all in.

No issues so far. Knock on wood.

PSA
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   Posted 5/4/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Paul

Hope you are feeling better. I am so impressed, rather touched by your post. So sweet of you to have replied to all of us, individually. I really appreciate it.

You are right. After reading your post, I felt that we share 99% of the symptoms, and have suffered similar pain during our surgeries. I did not want to write about those in my post, but they are same as yours.

Hi Qagal : Can you believe. I had the same incident, or accident, while I was getting up the pot. I felt as if my sutures have opened. I was crying with pain. This was during my 1st stage. Just below the stoma. I was rushed to ER. Had CTs and they found that there was lot of infection/pus, etc. which was drained. However, some of the pus became hard and could not be removed. So here I am with infections still in my body. Ha ha ha. What else. We can only laugh about our situation.

Best of luck for your surgery. I am sure you would be cured of this nasty bulge.
45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
 
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005; Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
 
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle: Albert Einstein
 
"What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you."
 


qagal
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   Posted 5/5/2009 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for the replies; sure helps to have others who know what you're going through, doesn't it? As I mentioned, my problems all started with the colonscopy diagnosing diverticulosis in June 2007. I didn't think this condition was a big deal so I just disregarded the instructions of no seeds, nuts, etc. Well, by October 2007 I had my first attack of diverticulitis; was prescribed heavy antibiotics and was feeling fine. Two weeks after my antibiotics I had another attack, again going on antibiotics and 2 weeks later another attack. My surgeon was trying to get me healthy enough to go in for elective surgery to remove the bad section of bowel but it wasn't to be. I had 5 attacks and then in Feb. had a perforated colon and the results was Peritonitis and emergency surgery at 10pm with removal of 10 inches of colon and a temporary colostomy bag. The reversal - reattachment of the colon and the removal of the bag and closing of the stoma was mid August.
My incisional hernia's are 1 huge one right above the stoma scar and double hernias to the right of the abdominal opening (the 8 inch scar where the initial opening occurred). I'm starting to look like a bad horror flick victim. Thank goodness I am 70 and past the bikini stage because it isn't a pretty sight. blush
 
Thanks for the good wishes and support
 
doris

qagal
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   Posted 5/22/2009 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all. Well, I had my incisional hernia's repaired on May 11 and they discharged me the next evening. The operation took 2 hours and went well as per the surgeon. I had a 5" incision to remove the large hernia and 2 smaller incisions for the other two. I had a drain coming out of my abdomen about 3 or 4" below the large incision and I had to empty the bag every 4-6 hours. I got up several hours after the surgery to void and to take my first 'walk'.  It seems that walking and being on your feet is a must do in order to get discharged, right? :)
My doctor removed the drain on the 18th and I was more comfortable. To tell the truth, I have been surprised at the level and duration of pain; guess I figured this operation would be a walk in the park compared to the others. It gets a little better every day and I can sit and stand and lie down/get up with only a little discomfort now. So, looks like it will just take a little time now. I won't be able to drive for another week; cannot lift over 10 pounds, have to avoid straining.
Am I glad I had the surgery? You bet. Who wants to take a chance on a strangulated bowel. And, hey, I've been forced to take it easy and have been reading.
 
Good luck all.
 
doris
 

PSA
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   Posted 5/22/2009 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi doris

I am glad that you have finally got your hernia repaired. I wish I could also have it done. Take Care.
45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
 
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005; Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
 
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle: Albert Einstein
 
"What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you."
 


Dagger
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   Posted 5/22/2009 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently found out that my repair will probably be open surgery. The surgeon is doing a lap for other issues but thinks he may have to do an open repair with this one. He thinks I'm having a problem with the mesh from the previous repair so he may not be able to use mesh for this one. At least it's a small hernia and he expects the incision to be about 1 1/2 inches long. Plus, he's using the hernia opening to inert the camera for the lap. portion of my operation. That's one less hole than I would have had.

At least this surgeon can handle all of my issues so I only need one surgery instead of two.

Pauliwog45
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   Posted 6/29/2009 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Well Peeps................hope everyone is doing well.

I've been reluctant to post the results of the surgery because there has been complications. The surgery went ok, but 2 weeks after surgery, I developed an abscess. I was re-admitted and a litre of fluid was removed. The wound was opened for drainage and has remained open on VAC therapy since. I am outputting over 100cc fluid/pus per day, and it is not decreasing. My GP feels that I am rejecting the mesh and says it has to come out. I'm on antibiotics, but still have low grade fevers each day. I see the surgeon tomorrow to decide the next steps, but am resigning myself to another trip to the OR.

I guess I should really not be surprised with this outcome, knowing how Crohn's can affect the healing process. I was hoping though that after 5 weeks, the drainage would have at least started to decrease......but no luck.

Any advice? Experiences? Thoughts?

Thanks,
Paul

janicea
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   Posted 6/30/2009 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Whoa. I'm getting a hernia repair, this month. Still waiting on timing. I have the there where the bowel gets stuck and I obstruct. I'm going to a laproscopic/adhesion specialist so I'm hopeful it won't be that bad. This thread, though kind of sad, is an eye opener. I'm really into any advice anyone can give. thanks!
strictures, crohn's, adhesions, endo. Pyoderma Gangrenosum.
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rovin1959
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   Posted 6/30/2009 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
just had my stalles removed. feel free to ask away.
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Pauliwog45
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   Posted 7/2/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
ok..................what's a stalle?

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PSA
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   Posted 7/3/2009 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Paul

I am sorry to hear about the complications you have had after the surgery. My good wishes for your speedy recovery are always there. My prayers are with you. Please keep your spirits high. The bad time would pass soon. Don't worry. Things would be fine very soon. Take care. That was one of the reasons why doctors are not operating me as they feel there is likelihood of risk involved.
45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
 
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005; Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
 
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle: Albert Einstein
 
"What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you."
 


Weavergirl
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   Posted 7/6/2009 6:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone.
I am SO glad I found this forum. I am scheduled for incisional hernia repair (hopefully lap) next Tuesday. This resulted from surgery I had last June (perforated diverticulitis) followed by three separate infections. This past June I woke up looking pregnant (hard to do at 60 years of age!) It was dx'd as an incisional hernia. Just came back froma pre-op visit with my surgeon who says be prepared for a more complicated surgery, more pain and longer recouperation period. I must admit to be quite nervous about the pain aspect. Any advice? What to expect? Coping methods? I would appreciate any input.
Thanks
Weavergirl

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   Posted 7/6/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Mine is in the groove of my right groin/thigh (if that makes sense). Haven't been able to get it fixed because the doc wanted my crohns under control and then I had to go on the Prednisone so it's been delayed yet some more. Its starting to bother me more and more though. Isn't life grand?? :)
Crohn's Disease. 
Diagnosed 13+ years ago. 
Been in remission for short periods of time but each time I come out of remission my disease seems to have spread.  No longer isolated in my ileum, now from stomach down to rectum.  Currently have C-Diff.
Current Medications for the Crohns:  Humera 40mg injections every other week, Imuran 150mg, 3xday, Levsin, Welchol 625mg, Prednisone 5mg(for 6 more days), Flagyl 250mg, 3xday, Calcium, Acidophilus & Potassium
Previous Medications I've been on:  Asocal, Pentasa, Cipro & Entocort

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