incisional hernia surgery

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txguy0419
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   Posted 1/14/2010 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
  Hi. I haven't posted on here in a while. I had surgery last year and had some questions and got some great answers here. Now I am having surgery again for a hernia I developed from the last surgery and I was wondering if anyone else has had this done. Here is a short background of my situation.
 
  I had resection surgery back in Oct. 2008. Started as arthroscopic but had an infection so I had a 2nd open surgery 2 days later and had more removed. Then I got out of the hospital 2 weeks later and got an infection 2 days after I got home and had to go back. The doctor then took out my staples and opened me up completely. I had to pack the wound for a few months and it healed with a very large scar and indention in my gut.
 
  Now I have to do the surgery to fix a hernia. The surgeon said he is going to cut out all of the scar tissue and open me up all the way again and put the mesh in there and close it back. He says it will fix my scar to where I will only have a vertical scar on the cut instead of having this big crater in my stomach.
 
  Has anyone here had something similar before? If so, how long did it take to recover and get back to close to normal?  He said that I will probably have more pain after this surgery than the last one because he is cutting out so much scar tissue. I know the risks are relatively low but I'm still a little worried after my last experience.
 
  Sorry for the long post.
 
Thanks,
 
Mike

randynoguts
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   Posted 1/14/2010 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   
ive had that done.. no biggie.. same type of healing time cut skin is cut skin.. it will probably go a bit faster though as not as invasive as a resection etc.. and you get a 'free" tummy tuck!
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Dagger
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   Posted 1/14/2010 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a hernia repaired with mesh but I didn't have to have scar tissue cut out. For me, it was the most painful thing I have ever experienced. It changed my mind about what a "10" meant. Part of it was the surgery and part of it was the poor care at the hospital. The nurses would not contact my surgeon and they kicked me out of the hospital so they could take their lunch break. If my pain had been managed before I left the hospital, I would not have had such a rough time.

I spoke to my surgeon the day after the surgery and she told me some people experience a lot more pain than others when they use mesh. When they put the mesh in, they have to do a lot of tiny stitches to hold it in place. For some people, this can be excruciatingly painful afterwards. I ended up needing a second surgery in July because one edge of the mesh tore away. That repair was not as painful because it was a much smaller area and also because this hospital actually controlled my pain.

On the plus side, the pain was minimal in less than a week. Good luck, you'll be fine.

Good luck.

txguy0419
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   Posted 1/14/2010 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow. A big difference in opinions there. I guess like any other surgery it can go either way. Oh well, I'll be glad to get it over with and get back to more of a normal looking scar. Like ya said, a free tummy tuck...
 
Thanks a lot for the replies.
 
Mike
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