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Need help/advise on upcoming hernia mesh surgery!
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Cyprusmike



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good post Tonynk - mine could also have been free (but taxpayers paying for it) but I chose to pay for it to be operated on by a known specialist.
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jd1965



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Tonynk"][quote="jd1965"]Thank you so much for sharing your story!!!! I have decided to go ahead with the (inguinal) hernia operation with an excellent surgeon that has a stellar reviews online! I am now calm. Thank you again!![/quote]

You have every reason to be optimistic and unafraid. This website strives to be informative and also tell the other side of the story, but unfortunately tends to be quite overbearing about the dangers of surgery.

Good luck. I had my mesh surgery 5 years ago and no problems at all now.

By the way, your healthcare is not "free". Somebody pays for it.

My surgery here in the US was essentially free as well. But my employer pays for my healthcare plan.[/quote]


You are correct. There is a very small percentage of people with complications (generally between 1% to 5%). Given the high frequency of how common inguinal hernia surgeries are worldwide, that small percentage adds up to what [i]seems[/i] like a high number.

My surgery is currently scheduled for July 27 and I am actually looking forward to getting it done.

Healthcare in Canada has been free since 1962 for all Canadians. Unlike the US, we have no intermediary insurance companies to deal with or employers. It paid for through our taxes.

Thank you for your well wishes. I am to update this thread on a daily/weekly basis post-op.

Blessings....
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jd1965



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just wanted to provide an update on my inguinal hernia mesh surgery. Had the surgery on July 27 at around 12 noon. By 6 PM the same evening I was able to walk through the hospital and stand in line for a coffee at the hospital cafeteria without any pain whatsoever. The hernia "bump" was (FINALLY) gone (yeah!) and no noticeable inflammation or swelling in the area whatsoever.

I was given Percocet (5/325) as needed which turned out to be about every 8 hours. Was released from hospital the next morning feeling good with only a moderate discomfort in the area akin to having sore muscles the day after a heavy workout that was only noticeable when I sat down or stood up.

Aside from that there was no pain in the area. I showered and took the bandages off the area the day after the surgery (as per surgeon's instructions). Incision was only about 3 inches and hardly noticeable with no swelling or redness in the area.

Day 3 was "interesting". Still no pain and only a slight discomfort when I sat down or stood up but boy was I constipated! Actually more like the stool had become impacted in my colon and wasn't coming out. I knew that Percocet (and all opiate based pain killers) caused constipation - but this was no ordinary constipation! Getting cold sweats and feeling faint was NOT fun. Thankfully I had bought Milk of Magnesia as well as stool softeners before the surgery and started to take both as soon I got this badly constipated - with PLENTY of bottled water as well as numerous hot cups of water with olive oil. Hours passed before FINALLY the impacted stool passed! WHAT A RELIEF!! In retrospect, I do think the surgeon should have included stool softeners as part of my nightly routine PRIOR to the surgery (and continued thereafter) to avoid this unnerving situation of what can be best described as "constipation from Hell" caused by the Percocet.

Day 4 was great (July 31). Went out for 3 fifteen minute walks over the course of the entire day. No pain. My walking was at a slow to moderate pace and was only taking Tylenol or Toradol once a day for the muscle stiffness/soreness I felt in the area (again only when sitting down or standing up).

I am now eager for the muscle soreness to go away but realize it is part of the healing process which can take a week or more from here.

Will update everyone as soon as I get a chance.

Blessings to all...
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jd1965



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Cyprusmike"][quote="jd1965"]Efharisto![/quote]
That I do understand Smile but I speak very little Greek. I'm a Brit that retired here to Cyprus 13 years ago but thankfully most Greek Cypriots speak very good English (and they drive on the correct side of the road as in the UK - the left!).
What is your location jd1965?[/quote]

Today is 3 weeks from when I had my surgery. I was on my feet and walking from Day 1. No pain - no swelling, just a slight soreness in the area that only lasted for the first 4 to 5 days. Incision was all of 3 inches which is virtually invisible! Finally got my life back!
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Cyprusmike



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="jd1965"]Today is 3 weeks from when I had my surgery. I was on my feet and walking from Day 1. No pain - no swelling, just a slight soreness in the area that only lasted for the first 4 to 5 days. Incision was all of 3 inches which is virtually invisible! Finally got my life back![/quote] Well done jd1965 and I wish you continued recovery without any problems. I hope in some small way my experience helped to put your mind at rest before the operation and that your experience will help others.
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jd1965



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Cyprusmike"][quote="jd1965"]Today is 3 weeks from when I had my surgery. I was on my feet and walking from Day 1. No pain - no swelling, just a slight soreness in the area that only lasted for the first 4 to 5 days. Incision was all of 3 inches which is virtually invisible! Finally got my life back![/quote] Well done jd1965 and I wish you continued recovery without any problems. I hope in some small way my experience helped to put your mind at rest before the operation and that your experience will help others.[/quote]

More than you know Mike! TY... Smile
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