Surgery Not Always the Answer for Hernias

TUESDAY, Jan. 17 -- Men who have a hernia without pain or discomfort may have no need for surgery, a new study concludes. Full Story
dog

Fort Lee, NJ

#85 Dec 23, 2010
When I was a child and someone asked "How old are you?" I would reply "More than 5 years old. Am surprised a GROWNUP would say he practices surgery for "more than" 22 years.
Rick

Holland, MI

#86 Mar 6, 2011
Had double laproscopic inguinal hernia repair with mesh 7-29-2010. By Oct 29 had a bulge on the right,( Same place as before surgery, and pain on the left- also in the same place as before.) The Dr was very sorry said the mesh moved! I get t have another surgery! It is a train facility with MSU. SHould I let them try again, or go somewhere else? I live in SW Michigan
David

Plano, TX

#87 Jun 8, 2011
Hi im 14 and i have a bump tht is just under my skin on my right leg. I just went to the doctor and e didnt pick up on this, it was a small quick test. The bum is small but i am so scared of surgery and the pain that would come after!!
lea

United States

#88 Jul 26, 2011
C J Beatty MD FACS wrote:
This is the most irresponsible and inaccurate article I've ever seen! I've been practicing Surgery for over 32 years and have repaired over 3000 hernias.
There is no question that a hernia should be repaired as soon as it is diagnosed. Most hernias do not cause pain. Repairing a hernia on an elective basis carries minimal risk and contrary to the article, post operative chronic pain is rare.
The risks of not repairing a hernia and allowing it to become incarcerated or strangulated range from infection to death.
Not repairing a hernia is the wrong decision and those who recommend this are most assuredly incorrect.
In response to the above, I have had two failed umbilical hernia surgeries by a top notch surgeon. I now have advanced endometrial cancer, recurrent. I am unable to have surgery again and am left in debilitating, excruciating pain. Absolutely nothing gives relief. What do you recommend to someone like me?
henry r fulton

New York, NY

#89 Sep 4, 2011
are u kidding Dr? maybe you should have a hernia surgery. I made the mistake of listening to a surgeon ay Col Pres and following his suggestion that i have "elective surgery" what a mistake
i should have realized that a surgeon sells surgery
if someone asks me about "elective surgery" i would tell them, NO NO !!!
Beth

Waterford, ME

#90 Sep 9, 2011
C J Beatty MD FACS wrote:
This is the most irresponsible and inaccurate article I've ever seen! I've been practicing Surgery for over 32 years and have repaired over 3000 hernias.
There is no question that a hernia should be repaired as soon as it is diagnosed. Most hernias do not cause pain. Repairing a hernia on an elective basis carries minimal risk and contrary to the article, post operative chronic pain is rare.
The risks of not repairing a hernia and allowing it to become incarcerated or strangulated range from infection to death.
Not repairing a hernia is the wrong decision and those who recommend this are most assuredly incorrect.
Can anyone let me know after waking up from surgery and noticing that my entire pubis hair region was shaved is normal even though my incision was way above my hip. Also the numbness from the incision I still have not read anyone with my complaint. I am completely numb and cannot feel around the vagina zero nothing around labia and have know just started to get seriously worried I thought it might be anastesia but after going online seeing all the other issues that are somewhat similar im scared that my husband and I may not be able to, I may not be able to enjoy each other... Why would I not be warned this could happen... I'm sad If I had known this was going to be a possibility. Is the any hope or am I pretty much am going never know what it is to be able to hold my own urine again?????????? Please if you have an answer or know a specialist in this area please.
Amanda

Abu Dhabi, UAE

#91 Nov 30, 2011
I have a very incisional hernia and the doctors have told me I don't need surgery and that it is no problem. I am confused and concerned it will get bigger. I am 42 and look 3 months pregnant. I like to exercise, but I am afraid I will make it worse. I live in Abu Dhabi.
Tony

Penrith, Australia

#92 Nov 30, 2011
C J Beatty MD FACS wrote:
This is the most irresponsible and inaccurate article I've ever seen! I've been practicing Surgery for over 32 years and have repaired over 3000 hernias.
There is no question that a hernia should be repaired as soon as it is diagnosed. Most hernias do not cause pain. Repairing a hernia on an elective basis carries minimal risk and contrary to the article, post operative chronic pain is rare.
The risks of not repairing a hernia and allowing it to become incarcerated or strangulated range from infection to death.
Not repairing a hernia is the wrong decision and those who recommend this are most assuredly incorrect.
Tell that to the people who are in chronic pain after the surgery and who never had severe pain before the surgery.

And tell that to a guy I know who has had a hernia for over 10 years and is doing just fine.

You sound like you are focused on making money before you focused on people's health.
Tony

Penrith, Australia

#93 Nov 30, 2011
Amanda wrote:
I have a very incisional hernia and the doctors have told me I don't need surgery and that it is no problem. I am confused and concerned it will get bigger. I am 42 and look 3 months pregnant. I like to exercise, but I am afraid I will make it worse. I live in Abu Dhabi.
Read this website:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-119...
Tony

Penrith, Australia

#94 Nov 30, 2011
henry r fulton wrote:
are u kidding Dr? maybe you should have a hernia surgery. I made the mistake of listening to a surgeon ay Col Pres and following his suggestion that i have "elective surgery" what a mistake
i should have realized that a surgeon sells surgery
if someone asks me about "elective surgery" i would tell them, NO NO !!!
So in hindsight, what would you have done? Lived with the hernia? That's what I decided to do.
Tony

Penrith, Australia

#95 Nov 30, 2011
Sam

London, UK

#96 Feb 7, 2012
I had an inguinal hernia on my left side and have documented my recovery here:
www.myhernia.co.uk
walker

United States

#97 May 21, 2012
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E Kelly

Rock Hill, SC

#98 Jun 18, 2012
I had inguinal hernia repair surgery twice and it did not hold so a friend of mine who is a O.T. told me some of his elderly patents get a truss. so I found this company AlphaBrace . com that actually makes them. Has worked for two years now.....http://www.alphabrace. com/Hernia-Supports-Trusses/pr oducts/13/
bob

Pompano Beach, FL

#99 Jun 18, 2012
E Kelly wrote:
I had inguinal hernia repair surgery twice and it did not hold so a friend of mine who is a O.T. told me some of his elderly patents get a truss. so I found this company AlphaBrace . com that actually makes them. Has worked for two years now.....http://www.alphabrace. com/Hernia-Supports-Trusses/pr oducts/13/
Did you have mesh? How long ago did you have surgery?
Hernia Mesh Wars

Lehigh Acres, FL

#100 Aug 8, 2012
I've lost track of the number of incisionl hernia surgeries I've had.
In the last 2 years alone I have had at least 15 surgeries due to complications of Prolene and Gore Tex mesh. The Gore TeX mesh was placed in 2003. At the time the surgeon told me it was the largest piece of mesh he had ever used. I have suffered ever since with pain, abdominal hardness, MRSA, abcesses and high fevers. I had to be packed in ice at one point when my temp. was 108.
Right now I have a small hernia about 2" around that protrudes dramatically. I will NOT have anymore hernia repair surgeries. I would rather take my chances with a future strangulation and dying then go through any more of this hell.
Dan

Matteson, IL

#101 Oct 15, 2012
Julian Clegg in Taiwan wrote:
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I have to disagree with that.
I cured my own inguinal hernia in less than a month through a combination of fasting and yoga. I then took Chinese herbal medicine to consolidate the cure. That was more than two years ago and the hernia has not come back.
Hernia surgery is very common and the cost to individuals and national health services must be astronomical. I don't think any surgeons will find themselves unemployed if some hernia sufferers manage to cure themselves. Many people will still opt for surgery, and there are plenty of other surgeries that need doing.
I am trying to collect as much information as possible on non-surgical approaches to inguinal and similar hernias. Please visit and join my on-line group "Hernia Alternatives" - the web address is:
http://groups.msn.com/HerniaAlternatives/
This website is difficult to enter. What fasting did you use and what herbal medicines did you use? Thanks for the response.
Dan
Dan

Matteson, IL

#102 Oct 15, 2012
Good day
This website is difficult to enter.
What fasting did you use?
What herbal medicines did you use?
Thanks for the response.
Regards
Dan
DaveNJ

Warren, NJ

#103 Oct 18, 2012
I have an inguinal hernia and have gone to see several surgeons who use open mesh and laparoscopic with mesh procedures. All of them had a nonchalant attitude about it, said it was easy to fix, a routine procedure. None mentioned the possible horrible complications that I have read about on the web. Thank goodness for the web!

It's mind boggling that the companies that make the mesh would market it without adequate testing. They have ruined many lives. Equally astounding is that physicians who have taken an oath would use this stuff on patients.

I suppose the surgeons figure "I know there are big risks but this is my job and the way I make a living." My father died of cancer a few years ago and the Oncologists in the hospital put on a hard sell for chemotherapy despite literature which showed that the chemotherapy was no more effective at prolonging life than doing nothing. Like any other group, there are lots doctors who are crooks.
evan

Pompano Beach, FL

#104 Oct 18, 2012
DaveNJ wrote:
I have an inguinal hernia and have gone to see several surgeons who use open mesh and laparoscopic with mesh procedures. All of them had a nonchalant attitude about it, said it was easy to fix, a routine procedure. None mentioned the possible horrible complications that I have read about on the web. Thank goodness for the web!
It's mind boggling that the companies that make the mesh would market it without adequate testing. They have ruined many lives. Equally astounding is that physicians who have taken an oath would use this stuff on patients.
I suppose the surgeons figure "I know there are big risks but this is my job and the way I make a living." My father died of cancer a few years ago and the Oncologists in the hospital put on a hard sell for chemotherapy despite literature which showed that the chemotherapy was no more effective at prolonging life than doing nothing. Like any other group, there are lots doctors who are crooks.
I can't speak for the cocky attitude from the doctors, but the majority of these do go very well. Remember there are over 800,000 of these done every year. Of course there are going to be a few hundred people on the web with bad results. Remember the 740,000 who get this done are just fine. Nothing is ever 100 percent but you do have a 95% chance of being just fine.

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