hi. last year i suffered with multiple abdominal hernias including a strangulated hernia. i had surgery to correct these problems, and had mesh fitted inside to prevent this happening again. i have just been told i now have to have my gallbladder removed. key hole is the most common way of acheiving this but as they make 4 incisions including one near the naval i wondered if this would not be possible for me as i have a large area of mesh inside of me. in which case how big would operation be if they have to cut me
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Thanks for your question.
Usually this should not damage the mesh as the key holes are small.
But if it needs to be opened up then the incision is big about the middle of your abdomen longitudinally.
Your surgeon should be aware of the mesh repair.
With laparoscopic surgery you should be ok.
But if the abdomen needs to be opened up, then you will require the mesh repair again most likely.
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how do the 2 different operations compare as far as recovery goes. i have a disabled daughter that i need to be able to lift
the laparoscopic surgery will have faster recovery within 2 weeks.
The open surgery may take longer 6 weeks
it will have to be the laparoscopic surgery. if they cant do that then i will refuse surgery. my little girl needs me
laparoscopic surgery should be fine.
You should go ahead with that.