I would like to tell you about my hernia repair just over 4 months ago. I went into the hospital,no prep needed,the surgeo marked my left side for a new stoma which was a bit daunting,the reason he did this was because sometimes when the hernia is so big which mine was also they sometimes have to make a new toma on the other side. So anyway he marked my tummy then they took me in to the set up bay as i was having an epidural forthe pain plus the general. The epi was very painful,took a while to do. Then they took me in and i took about 3hrs and i was in recovery. When i woke up i had no pain at all as i was numb from under the breast area and they also had some kind of tube inserted into my riht side where the op was and that was pushing other med's into me to make me even nummer. Strange feeling not to be able to feel anything at all.
Then i went to icu for a couple of day's then onto the ward and home on day 6 for me. Then 4 day's after i came home i felt really unwell and was in total agony tp the point i was vomiting couldn't eat,dronk or hardly walk. Mum called for an ambulance and tey rushed me straight to the nearest hospital called my surgeon in and i ended up withan abcess the size of a soccer ball in my stomach,so back in for an emegency surgery as i had also gotten peritonitis so my life was on the line too. They operated put a drain in and was in icu for 5 days,extremely painful and i am allergic to erevy painkiller besides KETAMINE so i was on a ket transfusion. This second surgery was the worst as the abcess caused alot of damage inside and also had to remove another 10cm of small bowel.
That is my story. Please dont let it put you off though.
Also the success rate for a hernia repair is only 20% and usually return's in 80% of people.
Look after yourself ur in my thought's!!!!!!!!
dx bowel cr 2001. permanent ileostomy.
sub-total colectomy 2001,went wrong.
total colectomy 2001,left swab inside,infected,emergency surgery,blood transfusion.
complication 2001,bowel abcess,surgery.
Infection at lap site,another surgery.
Complication's 2001,bowel heamorage,blood transfusion.
Spent 12mths at Cabrini Hospital.
dx 1993 endometriosis chronic.
27 yrs, hysterectomy.
2mths later, bi-lat ophrectomy,removal of both ovaries.
dx 2005,bi-lateral mastectomy,heart attack on operating table,contracted MRSA in Coronary Care Unit.
Picc Line for 6mths for venus access & daily antibiotics.
dx 2009, parastomal hernia,march 09 hernia repair & re-fashioning of stoma.
dx 2009, complications abcess & peritontise,
emergency surgery,icu 5 day's.
dx 1995, chronic depression,o.c.d. & bi-polar11.
Currently taking Avanza,seroquel,valium,asprin & HRT. I get depressed reading this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!