Posted 6/7/2021 11:24 AM (GMT -6)
So... I had my—what—third Nissen Fundo nearly two months ago?
The first few weeks were hard, as expected. The six-week point where the surgeon and doctors said I should be "almost totally recovered" came along and, though I definitely still had pain, I didn't worry too much. I understand not to be impatient.
Here's the thing, though: I was told I would be around 90% recovered at 6 weeks, and about 99% recovered at 3 months. I've even been super cautious about my physical movements and my diet (lots of aminos, quality protein, healthy fats, and supplements like glutamine and collagen proteins to make sure my body has what it needs).
The one thing, however, is that the doctor told me the synthetic mesh (they opted not to use biomesh, and instead went for something more durable and sturdy) would be "fully absorbed" within 6 months.
This begs the question: if I'm fully healed at 3 months, but I still have mesh attached to my diaphragm, won't that mean that it's adding pressure to my diaphragm by not allowing the muscles to stretch when there's inter-abdominal pressure? Couldn't that cause damage or create more crural adhesion tissue if the body is healed, but there's an internal impediment?
The reason I ask is because I still have a bit of a pinching feeling behind my sternum, along my diaphragm line when I go for walks of spend a while on the elliptical. I'm told to try and maintain low-level physical activity to help healing and blood circulation and to avoid the heavy lifting I was doing for at least 3 months, but I'm curious if anyone knows what the durability of the diaphragm is like, particularly after it's "mostly healed," but still contains mesh?