Anybody had Mesh Rejection from Hernia sugery?

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flowery
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   Posted 7/15/2010 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Had hernia surgery from first re-section in 2007...pig mesh. Well it broke and I had two rictor hernia's in the stomach wall and they went in this May 10' to fix it with Mesh/plastic...i believe. Just wondering if anybody has had rejection and what the symptoms are. Thanks!
Flowery
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Dx in 2005 with Crohns after a Hysterectomy. Re-section in 2006...came apart so got to do it again! Frequent Kidney stones and Shingles... a new present as of 08-09 Diabetes Type 2. Total of 12 surgerys.
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Dagger
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   Posted 7/15/2010 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a hernia repair after my resection about 5 years ago. The mesh tore and I had that repaired last summer. I've had discomfort in the mesh area since the original surgery and sometimes it is very uncomfortable.

The surgeon that did the repair last summer said the mesh looked ok, he didn't see anything that would explain the discomfort. We had talked about him removing the mesh but he didn't want to unless there was problem he could document.

I've googled rejection symptoms before and it seems that some are obvious (oozing, redness, swelling) and others are harder to attribute to the mesh (fatigue, ibs symptoms, back pain.)

Good luck.

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   Posted 7/15/2010 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I rejected Vicryl sutures. They were used internally to close a section of my arm where some necrotic tissue was removed. They came out 8 weeks after they were put in. The doctors kept thinking the suture site was infected. Apparently Vicryl sutures have a coating that I am allergic to. I would imagine that any foreign object placed inside the body has the potenial to be rejected.
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flowery
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   Posted 7/16/2010 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I guess I'm not sure what type of mesh or stricture they used on me. I have a picture that the surgeon gave me from inside me. It looks like silver, tiny grids with eye pins. Dr. said they put  a 8x13 inch piece in the front of my stomach right behind the belly button...well my pretend belly button...haha. I'm just a bit concerned because my surgery sites are still a bit oozy after 2 months I guess my wondering mind was just thinking...how would I know if I'm rejecting or not?
 
Flowery
 "Get busy living or get busy dying"
Dx in 2005 with Crohns after a Hysterectomy. Re-section in 2006...came apart so got to do it again! Frequent Kidney stones and Shingles... a new present as of 08-09 Diabetes Type 2. Total of 12 surgerys.
Imran, Asacol, Colestid, Bentyl, Lamotil, Paxil, Nexium, Probiodicts, Vit D, Folic Acid, Lots of Potassium, Fish Oil, up to 6 Immodium a day. Oh, and one Giant Pill holder!
 
 
               
                        


heatmiser
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   Posted 7/16/2010 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
My hubby has had a few mesh hernia repairs. I remember that there was a recall on the mesh back a few years. His doctor's office didn't even know when I asked about it. He opted not to have anything done because he was so tired of surgery.
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MToronto2
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   Posted 7/17/2010 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I had a not just a mesh rejection, which are most often benign, but an auto immune rejection of Polly Propolyne mesh.

I had mesh put in in 2002 and that went fine, took a while to settle down but by the 3 year mark I felt nothing, there was a minor defect but I could live with it. I notice while it was healing that both weight gain and increased activity would cause it to tear and repair, once I got to my normal activity and weight this settled.

In 2005 I had a reversal of my ostomy, so I got a new (different I am sure, by brand if not type) Polly Propolyne mesh put in and from the moment I woke up things did not feel right. It was hard to breath. A wound abscess showed up withing the first 3 weeks, I went home with it -- just had to get out of there!

The wound got worse, bigger, the infection could not be treated. The mesh became visible in the wound bed --4 months of hell later I was admitted back into hospital where I would stay the next 4 months (I finally got TPN).

The pain I felt was torture, worse than a crohn's attack in many ways, it literally felt like the mesh was slowly ripping out of me, or I was being eaten alive, both work.

I could not stand up straight, hell I couldn't stand for long for how sick I was and sitting was no better as my guts pushed on the mesh. As this was going on I developed a fistula that hurt too, in places no one wants pain.

Blood work showed that my immune system was involved in the rejection, as my proteins were dangerously low.

It took 4 procedures over that 4 months and the sacrifice of all my central abdominal muscles to get all that torture out of me.

I now live with a 4x 7 hernia (keep in mind I'm a slight woman) and only have my side abdominal muscles to work with. I wear a binder 24-7, which doesn't fit well, and my guts are all adhesion due to lack of muscle support. I cannot run, swim, sing, dance.. sigh.

It took 1 1/2 years to recover from that, getting my back strong was a hassle.

Due to the fistula becoming abscessed the docs are looking at ways to reconstruct my gut so I can get another ostomy (there's no place for one right now) I am quite frankly terrified of having any mesh put in me and am demanding insertion elsewhere in my body to test for tolerance. Ah another doctor.. fun fun.

That's my story of mesh,

Hope yours is not as bad, I really really do.

BE well,
CD 24 years. Multiple surgeries in past 10 yrs. 4 year Illeostomy. Mesh rejection. Too close to death, twice. Large inscisional hernia. Perpetually underweight. Short bowel syndrom. Have used a variety of complementary medical therapies. Highly recommend Bowen Therapy as the best body work. Take me vites. Started Low Dose Naltrexone March 27, 2010. Got married for the only time 2008. Survive because of the love of good friends, and because I can. Happy to be alive. IBD needs more awareness and more voices willing to speak up. BE well.


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   Posted 7/17/2010 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
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