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Hernia repair

Postby oldtrucker » Dec 28th, 2016, 1:52 pm

Just wondering if anyone has had a hernia repair using the mesh.Good?. Bad?
I have read horror stories.Anyone with advice?
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Re: Hernia repair

Postby w84u2 » Dec 31st, 2016, 9:21 am

Two of my co-workers both had the operation. One took 5 weeks off (He was older), the other was back to work in 2 weeks. Both were very happy with the results.
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Re: Hernia repair

Postby BriTer » Jan 1st, 2017, 7:59 am

I've had it done on a inguinal hernia.
I'm very happy with the results, but getting there was a real bugger.
First, I was 66 when I finally got the operation and I'm now 67.
For me the biggest mistake BEFORE the operation was going along like life was normal. You have to take care of yourself. You can but SHOULDN'T be doing a lot of stuff you normally would. Heavy lifting, jogging...all will aggravate the situation. This is important because you are going to go on a waiting list and regardless what the health pros will tell you, you have no idea when you will be called in and the operation set up. My condition worsened because I thought the op would be soon and had no clue what would happen while waiting.
I kept being told stuff like "Relax. There are more important cases coming in every day whose urgency are above your minor hernia operation." I was told the average waiting time was 6 months or less.
So, I went on believing that.
One year after being told that, the hernia developed into a strangulated hernia and had been in that state for maybe a couple weeks. It got worse and the eventual pain was unbearable. But, for a while I bore it until one day I just couldn't take more and at 4 am one morning I called 911 and asked for an ambulance. When the attendant saw what was happening, he freaked.
'Things' moved quickly after that :)
A couple hours after being brought into KGH it was all done. I was told by the surgeon and assisting surgeon that they had trouble with it all the way through beginning with the incision. Keep in mind part of you bowels are now sitting outside your body and they have to work around that. They also had trouble getting 'stuff' back into where it was supposed to be.
This was ONE YEAR after being put on the waiting list. I was told by the surgeon and assisting surgeon that had I waited longer, I'd be dead.
A full TWO YEARS after having been put on the waiting list and one year after the operation I received a notification telling me I could now go for the operation......
Anyway, yes it was the mesh and I'm happy with the results. It took me way more than the time most people take to recover but it wasn't the average case all along.
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Re: Hernia repair

Postby Queen K » Jan 1st, 2017, 8:40 am

How did they mean "waited longer"? To make a 911 call? Because it's not like you can stroll in and demand the surgery "right now."
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Re: Hernia repair

Postby BriTer » Jan 1st, 2017, 9:06 am

Queen K wrote:How did they mean "waited longer"? To make a 911 call? Because it's not like you can stroll in and demand the surgery "right now."

Had I waited longer to make the call. No, you can NOT stroll in and demand the surgery. A week earlier my Dr told me if the pain got bad again to go to emergency, and wait. He said I might have to wait there overnight before being seen :/ I had chosen not to at that time. The pain had been an ongoing thing for awhile.
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Re: Hernia repair

Postby Bsuds » Jan 1st, 2017, 10:38 am

I have had major abdominal surgery and when they repaired a hernia related to that (which still bulges but not bothersome) the Surgeon recommended putting a mesh across my stomach. At that time I Had enough of surgeries and recoveries and said as long as it doesn't become irritating we will leave it as is.

So what if my tummy bulges a bit. I don't look good in a speedo anyway!

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Re: Hernia repair

Postby Queen K » Jan 1st, 2017, 10:40 am

Ya but BriTer does, so he needed the mesh.
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Re: Hernia repair

Postby dirtybiker » Jan 1st, 2017, 11:33 am

I have a mesh diaphragm and pericardium.
Without it this post would not be here.
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Re: Hernia repair

Postby oldtrucker » Jan 1st, 2017, 10:57 pm

Thanks for the response.There is a hospital in Toronto that does non- mesh hernia repair.
Airfare in, it's $5000 at the end of the day.
After your hernia repair was done and healed,did you have any restrictions as to what you can or can't do?
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Re: Hernia repair

Postby BriTer » Jan 2nd, 2017, 3:31 am

oldtrucker wrote:Thanks for the response.There is a hospital in Toronto that does non- mesh hernia repair.
Airfare in, it's $5000 at the end of the day.
After your hernia repair was done and healed,did you have any restrictions as to what you can or can't do?


Not me, no restrictions other than to take it easy for a bit. Until everything heals at least. Mine too longer to heal than usual because of the problems they had getting in and getting out. Had it all be done before everything went downhill it would have been average healing time. Some people are up and working again in just a matter of a few weeks, some less. How soon you can get back to works depends a lot on the kind of work you're doing.
I'd go with the mesh, KGH. Not a single horror story from me in regards to care at KGH. They took good care of me and I have no lingering problems whatsoever.
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Re: Hernia repair

Postby BriTer » Jan 2nd, 2017, 3:33 am

Queen K wrote:Ya but BriTer does, so he needed the mesh.


You're such a flirt! :biggrin:
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Re: Hernia repair

Postby BriTer » Jan 2nd, 2017, 3:36 am

Bsuds wrote:I have had major abdominal surgery and when they repaired a hernia related to that (which still bulges but not bothersome) the Surgeon recommended putting a mesh across my stomach. At that time I Had enough of surgeries and recoveries and said as long as it doesn't become irritating we will leave it as is.

So what if my tummy bulges a bit. I don't look good in a speedo anyway!


Maybe the mesh was meant to keep the flies out. :smt045
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Re: Hernia repair

Postby Bsuds » Jan 2nd, 2017, 6:12 am

You have a good point.
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Re: Hernia repair

Postby oldtrucker » Feb 18th, 2017, 11:59 am

I had it done last week.I don't recommend this to anyone...find an alternative.I am having complications that have led me to the conclusion that this may be one of the biggest mistakes I've made in my life.
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Re: Hernia repair

Postby driveangry » Feb 18th, 2017, 1:04 pm

oldtrucker wrote:I had it done last week.I don't recommend this to anyone...find an alternative.I am having complications that have led me to the conclusion that this may be one of the biggest mistakes I've made in my life.



With the mesh or non-mesh ?

Had the mesh done about 10 years ago, no problems so far.
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