Vertigo hernia operation after 2 intestinal surgeries in the past 12 months

i have had 2 intestinal surgeries in the last year, i am about to get a vertigo hernia surgery in a week or so. I am 100 pounds over weight due to anti depressant's, they are putting a mesh in me as part of the procedure, my question is.....if i lose the 100 pounds after surgery, will this mesh still be ok or will they have to remove it for a smaller one ?? thanks Wayne

Doctor Answers 5

Ventral hernia repair

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You are have a ventral hernia repair with mesh.  If you lose weight you will not need a smaller piece of mesh.

Ventral Hernia With Mesh Repair - Will The Mesh Need To Be Replaced If I Lose Weight?

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A well done mesh repair of a ventral hernia need not be replaced after weight loss.  The weight loss may have as a byproduct loose skin, but also loose muscle.  This loose muscle can be corrected by tightening the rectus abdominus muscle vertically by plication.  If plication is necessary in a second surgery, the mesh may be left or removed.  

Congratulations on your plan to lose 100 pounds after your hernia surgery.  

Ventral hernia?

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No.  The mesh will yours forever.  There is no need to replace the mesh unless another hernia occurs.  The weight loss in that case will actually help you with the ventral hernia repair.  Hope this helps.  Good luck.

Bhupesh Vasisht, MD
Voorhees Plastic Surgeon
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Mesh hernia repair

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Thank you for your question.  You should not have a problem with your mesh just from weight loss.  Although, your abdominal wall may be loose following a 100 lb weight loss.  


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Hello and thank your for your question. The answer will depend on the type of mesh used and the size of the hernia. Generally once a mesh is in place you will not need to have it modified as long as it is controlling your hernia. 

Best Wishes

Theodore Nyame, MD
Charlotte Physician

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