Recurrence of a belly button hernia
Mesh is often permanent or semi-permanent. You may have a recurrence of your hernia. Best, Dr. KaramanoukianLos Angeles
Thanks for your question, drobb11. It is not possible to answer your question without knowing the kind of mesh employed for your repair. Some meshes are permanent, while others resorb. Sometimes that are applied as a sheet to reinforce a hernia repair, and others time they are used as a plug in the defect in the abdominal wall. Regardless, you should be assessed by an experienced hernia surgeon. Physical discomfort and a bulge may be a sign of a recurrent hernia. It would be important to make the diagnosis so that you could consider treatment before the condition progresses or before you suffer a complication from the hernia. Best of luck!