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Mon Jul 19, 2021 3:49 pm
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I am going to have a hernia operation next month. My doctor said that there are multiple bowels coming through the muscle & he will have to carefully remove each one & then come in with a piece of plastic instead of mesh because the hernia will end up coming back. He will then reroute my colon. He sent me to talk with their colon doctor to see about reversal of my stoma but I had already been told by 2 other doctors it could not, I have a fistula between the rectum & vagina. The doc he sent me to pretty much said he can repair the fistula but it would take several operations & I would have to keep my colostomy until it heals but there is still no guarante that the fistula won't open back up & then I would be back where I started but with more money, time & pain involved so no, I wasn't interested in it. My hernia doc was in hopes I would go that route because it would make his job easier. Robotic surgery is they way he will perform the surgery, 2 holes on each side.

I am looking for someone who may have gone through this type surgery. How long was recovery & what was the pain level like? 

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Mon Jul 19, 2021 8:47 pm

Hi Pinkie pooh, sorry you are having so many problems. I can't help with any information. Maybe some others can help.I just want to say I hope things go well for you. Please keep us updated as it may help others. Best wishes

Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:52 am

Thank you Lovely :-)

Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:57 am


  c57557555 wrote:  

i been thow some thing simuler tell mre are these doctoer  from chicsgo or the like   or are they mid size doctor i dot likr the sound of it a bit much con flick br tween um . i think i am done with sugrgerys  leads to more i srent 2  1/2 years in out in out make sure good inc coverrsge   doctor 1/2 thuths state ments. check big city doctors  my inc was tooooooooo g o  oooooo coverage. make shoure its neeeded call your inc for referuls ./ take care good luck./


I've been & out hospitals as well, most of them within the first 2-3 years. This is a hernia specialist in Greenville SC, that's all they do & he has great reviews, & yes, I have good ins. 

Thank you for your comment :-)

Thu Jul 22, 2021 3:48 pm

Did he also tell you about the 50% recurrence rate of hernias with our without mesh within a year? Most hernias do not require surgical repair - it's the owners that want them? Is that you? or is your bowel getting obstructed? Do you have Diabetes, smoke, waste line >45 inches, hi-output? These put you at hi risk for recurrence. And you have a recto-vaginal fistula!  sounds like a very high risk. Trust your Gut!


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