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I can assure you all, RFE is NOT Howie. RFE is a real past-patient of mine. Howie never was.this last post was by me, forgot to log in and put my name...thanks! (and to RFE who is Howie Greene??, definitely not him)
It was hard for me to pay out of pocket considering I had insurance, but if I had gone with a lap. surgery with insurance I would still be paying thousands. The insurance covering 0% of 6,000 or covering 80% of 15,000 resulted in a difference of $3,000. I figured that is a small price to pay for a properly done hernia repair. Hopefully, my reasoning proves sound, and I can certainly understand wanting to pay as little as possible. Mine was more because it was a bilateral repair as well.
Here is a good place to start looking for a surgeon: http://americanherniasociety.org/find-a ... pecialist/
but you will largely have to just look around. I don't know of any in Las Vegas other than the surgeon I visited. Dr. Brown in California has been highly recommended to me as well as Dr. Billings in Washington. I spoke with Dr. Brown, he seems like a good guy. The patron of this board, Dr. Goodyear, is certainly highly-regarded. I haven't heard of any hernia specialists to steer AWAY from really. It's hard to sort through everything because there is so much marketing and conflicting statements, and then there are people who seem to be mentally disturbed that constantly post nonsensical information on all the boards. For legal reasons, I would stay in the US (unless you're going to the Shouldice clinic). If a surgeon in Europe botches it, your legal recourse is muddled.
If you go with mesh, I would steer away from the heavy stuff. Ask the surgeon what he is going to do about mesh contraction. It WILL contract to some degree over time. How is he going to tack it onto the body?
The bummer that most people seem to gloss over is that our bodies are forever altered by this. We can never slip or stumble for fear of a recurrence. I've asked myself what then as well. If my repair does fail, it will be worse than before. However, I just wasn't willing to take the chance with mesh. I wouldn't look at this as a decision that needs to be based on money, but a decision that is based on your future. I would bet that anybody experiencing severe, disabling PHPS would happily throw all the money they had at somebody who could fix it for them.
I think I am 6 weeks postop now. For the first month, it almost feels like it didnt work, but then everything starts feeling great in a hurry. I can sit at my desk for a full work day now without the pinched nerves (preop). This was my first and hopefully only surgery. No way around it, the first 2 weeks are rough, the next two a little less rough, and then at a month i felt 90% normal. I still get what feels like a pinch on my vas deferens high up in the canal, but it is intermittent and the frequency is decreasing. It is mild and brief. It is usually caused by me bending too much at the waist. Again, I hesitate to say I am Scot free until I am 3 months postop or more, but I don't currently have any reason to worry. The recovery is going exactly like he said it would, and mine was bilateral which I imagine is a little rougher than a single hernia.I can assure you all, RFE is NOT Howie. RFE is a real past-patient of mine. Howie never was.
Hello All, I myself was scheduled for a plastic mesh hernia surgery on 9/5/13. But, after reading stories of surgery gone wrong and of mesh rejections years and years down the road I started looking for a no-mesh option. When I started looking for a "no-mesh" solution to my inguinal hernia I found 3 USA doctors. Dr. Tomas in Florida, Dr Parvez in Fresno Calif (who took 3 weeks to return my 2 calls and 1 email to his office. By the time he returned my call it was the day AFTER my no-mesh surgery was done (your to late doc!)) and, a doctor in Las Vegas who was charging $5000...! I decided to call Dr. Tomas in Florida and he called me back in 30min...! I did some research on him and found no negatives on him or the Desarda no-mesh procedure so I made plans to fly South West Airlines down to Ft. Myers Florida and see Dr. Tomas. The whole trip was AWESOME...! Dr. Thomas and his office staff are all very patient and willing to listen to your health needs. He has a discount arranged with the Fairfield Marriott in Ft. Myers which also provides a shuttle to and from the hotel, the airport and his office (and if you tip a little extra the driver will probably take you to a local grocery store if you need it). Everything was WONDERFUL...! Costco, and Enterprise rental cars are a right nextdoor (the rental car was useful my 1st day so I could take a Ft. Myers beach drive and do some grocery shopping so after surgery all I would have to do is watch TV and rest, which turned out to be a GOOD idea!. Super Target is directly across the street and Super Walmart is a 3min drive south. The hotel rooms are VERY clean, the daily breakfast with eggs & waffle was AWESOME and by shopping for my vegetarian food at Walmart & Target I was able to eat in my lunch & dinner in my room everyday and NOT have to buy any restaurant or to-go food at all...! Microwave & Fridge & coffee/tea maker are in the room...! I was walking upright and normal one day after surgery and flew home to Dallas (7hr trip with delays) on the 3rd day after surgery with no significant problems. I did keep an ice pack (bring your own zip lock bags) on my incision every hour after surgery for 5 days to keep the swelling and pain down (it works too!) Just a little sting and tender but, on the 4th day I didn't need the paid meds only 2 ibuprofen every 4 hrs. Dr. Tomas's office is clean, organized, friendly and helpful. I'm VERY VERY glad that I do not have any petroleum based polymer plastic in my body that could develop unexpected complications years down the road. And, my hernia was fixed in a natural way with my own tissue. I do believe in taking homeopathic healing remedies (those little blue tubes) so I took "Arnica Montana" & "Staphysagria" orally every 4hrs after surgery and now I have NO brusing and very little swelling. That's my story. It's only been 4 days after surgery so maybe I'm still in the honey-moon phase but, it feels good and If I need something else done at least the doctor won't have to deal with something plastic in the way. Just my .02 Comments? Be Well, Davidalright people, all we hear and read about is all the complications of hernia mesh repair. It scares all of us into having the surgery if you do any bit of research. But somehow 95% of all surgeries are done using mesh (might be why we hear most of the horror stories with mesh) Now what I want to know is what are the cons, disadvantages of NOT using mesh. I live in Vegas and could easily use Peterson to do a non mesh repair(although it would cost be 5k!) He, along with many others, state how not using mesh has almost 0% chance of chronic pain. Now if that was truly the case then why are most all surgeons using mesh!!??? From my research it seemed recurrence was the problem with a non mesh repair but Peterson claims to have lower recurrence levels than most mesh surgeons. So what does everyone think? Lets play devils advocate and bash non mesh repair and put mesh repair on a pedestal, lol! But seriously the cons to a non mesh repair???..............
Simply to place a foreign polypropylene object inside a complex system based on Immunoglobins, inflammation, rejection, migration, infection, foreign, et al isalright people, all we hear and read about is all the complications of hernia mesh repair. It scares all of us into having the surgery if you do any bit of research. But somehow 95% of all surgeries are done using mesh (might be why we hear most of the horror stories with mesh) Now what I want to know is what are the cons, disadvantages of NOT using mesh. I live in Vegas and could easily use Peterson to do a non mesh repair(although it would cost be 5k!) He, along with many others, state how not using mesh has almost 0% chance of chronic pain. Now if that was truly the case then why are most all surgeons using mesh!!??? From my research it seemed recurrence was the problem with a non mesh repair but Peterson claims to have lower recurrence levels than most mesh surgeons. So what does everyone think? Lets play devils advocate and bash non mesh repair and put mesh repair on a pedestal, lol! But seriously the cons to a non mesh repair???..............