Topic: Hernia after surgery

Hello,

My mom had the liver resection surgery in November 2006.  She now has about a 6 in hernia close to her incision.  The surgeon said that it is very common.  I have seen a couple of posts from others who mention having hernias after surgery.  Can anyone tell me what is done to correct that?  I know that she will have to have a surgery for it, but we don't know quite what to expect.

Thank you,
Amy

2 (edited by jules Sat, 14 Jul 2007 13:50:51)

Re: Hernia after surgery

Amy,

my dad has a hernia following a liver resection.  Unfortuantly it cannot be repaired (he has had 2 major abdominal surgeries).  He wears a surgical belt which has been made to fit.  Surgery and insertion of a wire mesh inside the abdominal wall is an option for some patients.  Depending on the type of hernia if possible look into getting it repaired with a keyhole technique of surgery to minimise on healing time and invasiveness as you may want to be considering adjuvant chemo/alternative treatment and wound healing can delay this stage.  You should try to speak to a surgeon specialising in hernia repair with considerable experience.

good luck, Jules

Re: Hernia after surgery

Hello Amy,

My husband also had a hernia following bile duct surgery.  We believe him to have strained his abdomen within two days post-surgery, causing his intestine to kink, thus not allowing any food to be digested.  In his case, it was a fairly simple procedure and he recovered quickly.

My best to you and your Mom
Marions

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Re: Hernia after surgery

Hi Amy,  I too had a hernia approximately 2 months post surgery.  I actually felt the pop when it happened.  I was stbborn and wore a 4 inche wide belt for about one year and just covered it with my t-shirt.  It then starting working downward and I had surgery. About 4 inch incision and a mesch put in. It was a same day surgery with no complications and was sent home with a medtronic pain pump which Insurance company refused to pay for but hospital absorbed the cost as it wasn't something I needed and they didn't get pre-approval.  Hope your Mom is feeling better now. God Bless You Both.
Jeff G.

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Re: Hernia after surgery

Hello,

Thank you all for your responses.  It sounds like this is very common.

Thanks again!
Amy smile