I had a hernia repaired on the lower left side of my back 2 weeks ago the scar is healing well its about 12cm but all the area around is badly bruised and the pain is getting worse, rather than better as time goes on, could i possibly be rejecting the gause that they put in to seal the hernia hole? Whats the best painkillers to ask for as tramidol isnt working at all.
I would make sure the dr saw it, it could be an infection below the surface of your incision. Or possibly some other problem. Redness, swelling and heat are not always necessary to have an infection. Years ago I had to have an incision opened up because I had an infection underneath it. It was a pressure type pain. The patches they use are inert, and don't usually cause rejection, but I think there is always a possibility. How much tramadol are you taking and how often? I've found its not a med you can take once the pain gets bad and expect it to work. Its more effective if you take it on a regular basis, regardless of pain.
The surgeon will probably give you something stronger for a short time.
Kaismama is correct, but she always is. The only thing I would add, having had several surgeries myself, is the pain and extra bruising might be caused by a collection of blood somewhere whether deep or close to the skin that may be pressing on nerves, definitely irritating the surrounding area. It happened to me and isn't that unusual.
That's my 5 cents worth.
Peace and feel better,
Hi, i just wanted to add that a large incision like yours can take time to heal - sometimes longer than the standard 10-14 day expectation. I had a wound on my thigh, must have been about 12cm also - possibly longer? It took more like 3 weeks to heal. Obviously you must show your doctor because wound care is so important - but it may just be that your body takes a little longer to heal than some other people?
The guaze you are speaking off is actually a plastic mesh that has been used for years for hernia repairs. Some people do not take well to it & get infections underneath. My hubby has it everywhere in his abdomen. Has had 28 surgeries for hernia repairs, & infection because of hospital acquired MRSA. My borther had a hernia repair about 1 1/2 yeaars ago, & asked specifically for the doctor not to use the mesh as knowing the problems my husband has had. He thought also thought his the incision was healing very well. Then he got quite ill, running fever, vomiting & dehydrated too. He ended up calling 911 & was admitted to the hospital. They did a CT scan of the area of the hernia, & found he had a bad infection under the mesh the doctor insisted on using. He also got hospital acquired MRSA. They put a drain tube near the incision & drained over 600cc of fluid from under the incision in less than an hour.
I tell you all of this, because sometimes things may appear to be ok, but may not be. You really need to see the doctor or your own physician to make sure you are not having a similar problem. There have been kinds of problems with this mesh they now use to repair hernias. Some have even been recalled, & people are having to undergo more surgery to have the old recalled stuff taken out & replaced. I doubt this is the case for you as it's a fairly new procedure, but almost all hospitals carry MRSA, & infection rates are high. I always suggest that people go online & check out where they are having surgery to see what their rate of infection is. It is a growing problem in the states for sure. I don't know where you live, but I would most definately have this checked out.Please let us know how you come out, & welcome to the site. I wish you the best...
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