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    Good evening everyone. I joined this forum looking for answers since I can't find thm other ways, either on other forums or form my own dr. I have spelled this out countless times on other forums that it is now so tired to even rehash it but I am hoping that the good people here will be able to offer some advice and maybe support.
    I am a 43-year-old male who is now 11 weeks post-op and in extreme pain. I had a left inguinal hernia that was done laparoscopically here in San Francisco kaiser. I had a synthetic mesh placed in. Mistake i am sure. Ever since the 2nd week I have been in extreme discomfort. I had had a right hernia repair about 6 years ago and it never felt like this. I have tried explaining to my dr countless times about the pain and discomfort and it has taken so much to even be heard that this is for real. It has taken countless emails and visits to try and get my point across. I am now in the midst of seeing another surgeon to address all the pain and movements I feel.I won't detail every email or correspondence and timeline i have during this time. Since week 4 I have felt odd, I feel pops and clicks that radiate from my groin area all the time. While I work, move or adjust my body posture I feel these extreme bone-cracking pops in my groin. When I bend to tie my shoes Or even raise my left leg and twis I feel the collection of fluid don there. Atop of all this I have extreme pain, like a stinging pain not unlike a needle poking me up through my groin. It swells and burns. Some days I am good and others like today I am very bad. The dr dismisses it as the mesh "settling in" but at 11 weeks to feel this way I don't think so. I don't know what is goong on. I have now gone through the upper surgeon channel and speaking to someone who wants to create a pain map for me. They see me next week with much of my aggravation to even be seen. They have prescribed my naproxen but it does not work. they asked me to buy a sports massager to use every day for 5 minutes to help stimulate the nerves and healing but it doesn't help. Now they wan to shoot me up with steroids in my groin. What barbaric kind of treatment is this? I am in extreme pain and it is starring ot ruin my life. I don't want to be a statistic of those who have chronic pain forever. I can't even walk anymore without being in pain. :-( Is my body rejecting the mesh? My Dr has seen my and checked me over and nothing physically can be found and no sign of the mesh dislodging. I feel it has come loose that is what I am feeling. Could i have ripped it somehow in the corner?

    Does anyone have advice? Does this sound familiar and have others gone through this type of feeling? I am feeling lost and with a medial system not prepared for this and only seem set up for surgery and not after effects.

    Hurting is San Francisco.

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    Get the details of the method and materials. There might be a clue there. "Laparoscopic mesh" covers so many variations. Your surgeon might have done other things or even made mistakes. That information should be in your surgery notes.

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      SFIrishGuy
      If you have this much pain this quickly after the operation, the cause is usually a problem with the operation itself.
      Post the operative report and any photos taken during the operation.
      With Kaiser you need to make a lot of noise. If necessary get a second opinion from a surgeon outside of Kaiser.
      Regards.
      Bill Brown MD

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DrBrown View Post
        SFIrishGuy
        If you have this much pain this quickly after the operation, the cause is usually a problem with the operation itself.
        Post the operative report and any photos taken during the operation.
        With Kaiser you need to make a lot of noise. If necessary get a second opinion from a surgeon outside of Kaiser.
        Regards.
        Bill Brown MD
        Dr Brown? Yes kaiser you have to make a lot of noise. I was afraid to hear this advice. Am I allowed to ask for those notes and photos? I am getting a second opinion from another kaiser surgeon tomorrow to review. My god I am so worried I will end up being permanent in pain and not treatable or will cost me in the end.

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        • #5
          SFIrishGuy
          The medical records are legally yours. You can check the kaiser website to get the records. Or call:
          Medical Records Administration at (770) 220-3870
          Regards.
          Bill Brown MD

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          • #6
            I reviewed the medical records with a head surgeon and nothing out of the ordinary was documented. It was routine. I went in for an ultrasound to see if the mesh was intake and indeed it was or they said they cannot see any evidence of reoccurrence.

            I did take some time to talk to the Director at least of the department so let her know how I felt.

            Right now I am waiting to schedule a session with the pain injection clinic to start steroid injection in hopes ot help rest my nerves as the Dr had said. I hope this will help. As well I am reaching out to acupuncture groups for help as well. maybe they can do something

            I am still in some pain. The poping and cracking sisnt as bad but there seems to be a main nerve that I feel that is painful. I can at times feel it when I wear tighter pants and I breathe in. I feel it move. It even throbs. Could this be a nerve?

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