Yes I had hernias (2) left and right inguenals one after the other following the DaVinci procedure on 2/23/06. Since my hernia surgeries I have heard of others as well, although I have not been able to talk to anyone else that has gone through this. As far as I know there was no evidence of a pre-existing condition. The hernias appeared rather quickly, and became so painful I could barely walk. I feel as though I was at least partly responsible because shortly after my DaVinci procedure (2 months or so) I was lifting and moving a heavy micro wave oven out to my car causing strain on the abdominal wall. The surgeon that performed my hernia operations mentioned that he could not do a lap procedure as I had expected. I'm wondering if there is a weakening of the abdominal wall due to the lap procedures. 4 years prior to the PCa surgery I had an apendectamy which was also a lap procedure.
Please let me know what the circumstances of you husband's hernia were, and a note here; I had just recovered from the 1st hernia operation, and was at the surgeon's office for a post-op exam. I mentioned half jokingly that there was now a bulge on my right lower abdomen, and to his surprise (as well as mine) I'd developed a right inguenal hernia within 10 days! The second surgery was a more difficult recovery in terms of discomfort and healing time.
Now that I have undergone 3 surgeries in less than 6 months; I have become a bit more cautious, and will not lift anything that weighs more than 15 pounds. Rumor is that repairing damage to a prior hernia surgery is no picnic, and I have no desire to independently varify that.
As far as I know there is no way to predict when a hernia might occur, or who may be at risk of a hernia do to lap procedures. Your husband is the only other person I will have a chance to question about
this issue. Tell him good luck, and not to lift anything heavy or to strain himself for awhile. By the way if he needs coaching after surgery; getting out of the car or bed let me know I'm a pro at it now (unfortunately).
Post Edited (spinbiscuit) : 10/31/2006 9:28:43 PM (GMT-7)