Well, basically a hernia is bowel that has popped into a weak spot. He told me I would again have a hernia once they cut out part of the mesh. I had a number of hernias, starting with one when the rt. lobe of my liver was removed. I had hernia repair after that. Standard practice is mesh of one kind or another to keep the bowel pushed back in place. I had 2 previous hernia repairs in the same spot in my midriff. Now some of the mesh from the last repair will be cut out and not replaced, to allow the tissue to grow from within. I hope the TP surgeon will do it this way and not take it upon herself to remove the entire thing. I will stress that when I talk to the P.A.
The chances of colon being nicked during this surgery are great, unless extreme care is taken. I told the plastic surgeon that I don't really trust the TP surgeon, as every time she operates I seem to have unexpected things happen. He offered to be in the OR when she cuts, which I accepted. He said that she is "really a pretty good surgeon." I don't want "pretty good." I want excellent.
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Liver transplant recipient, Oct. 27, 2011, at Mayo Hospital, Jacksonville, FL
Post Edited (hep93) : 4/30/2013 9:00:01 PM (GMT-6)