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  • Abnormal inguinal surgery complications..sharp flank pains and much more..

    Hi all. Newbie here, I've recently had an open inguinal repair on my left side at Harborview medical center in seattle wa on may 9th (my first surgery). I awoke from surgery with no groin pain whatsoever. I did have sharp flank and abdominal pains which both shot up to my ribcage. In two months they are still present but slightly less frequent. Seems physical activity agrivates these pains 10 fold and thus I have been unable to return to work, playing my drums, or any of the like. I can barely even take my dog for a walk without sharp pains owning my every thought. 2 weeks post surgery I noticed an extreme soreness that as well has not dissipated an inch or two above my incision (my incision is almost on my thigh next to penis). At the same time my teste has become extremely sensitive and seems to hang abnormally low. When hanging so low I get an incredibly painful pulling sensation on my pubic tubricle. I know this seems to be a rediculous amount of issues but they are mine atm..I've been referred to a pain clinic and have been told anything from give the mesh a chance to it needs to be removed. My head is spinning in every direction and am becoming extremely depressed..has anybody had a similar situation or even just pain so far away from the surgery area?? Any help or input is appreciated beyond comprehension. Wishing you all well. Thank you, Josh

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    Get a copy of your medical records. "Open with mesh" is not enough information. There are many many types of mesh devices that are implanted via open surgery, or anterior approach, as they say.

    The low testicle is probably due to irritation/inflammation/swelling of the spermatic cord and cremaster muscle, although testicular pain is not normal. That could be a sign of a more serious problem.

    Seek a second opinion from a hernia expert. Find one yourself, don't get stuck in the referral cycle. The staff at many places will just use the internet like you would to choose a referral. There is a surgeon at the University of Washington who seems conscientious, involved, and aware. Dr. Wright, I believe.

    https://www.uwmedicine.org/bios/andrew-wright

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    • #3
      Thank you good intentions. I just got a copy of my operative report recently as I figured it may be necessary to have on hand. I recently went to a urologist who had nothing more to say than that my scrotum had high elasticity. I've had two ultrasound which showed nothing more than increased bloodflow to both testes..I will certainly be getting in contact with dr wright. My biggest fear is that nobody will be able to figure out why my pains radiate so far away from my surgery area. Perhaps the pain clinic will do tests to determine what is causing it?

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      • #4
        It sounds like one of your main nerves is in contact with the mesh or has been damaged, or is bound up in scar tissue and being stressed. It's not uncommon. A hernia specialist will know. Beware the runaround that often happens when there are problems with a mesh repair. You can spend a lot of time and money while "they" send you from specialist to specialist, hoping that you just learn to live with the new problem. Waiting for you to give up. The referral to a urologist is typical, urologists generally know very little about mesh repairs except that the mesh is in the way for prostate surgery.

        It looks like you might have had your surgery at Dr. Wright's place of practice. Can you share the details of your surgery notes?

        https://www.uwmedicine.org/locations...ery-harborview

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        • #5
          I'd be happy to share. It's just really bugging me that the pain is so far from the surgery area. Which leads me to the question of removal vs pain management including nuerectomy-ablation. I'm due to go into pain management on the 9th. Other than a fruitless trip to the urologist those seem to be my given options.

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