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When did you have the surgery?
Do you notice any bulging currently?
Ten years ago and no there isnt any bulges. It doesnt seem like the hernia has had any issues since the final repair. I had three previous repairs prior that failed. The bottom of the mesh is over my uterus so I was told pregnancy would be dangerous and should be avoided
Thanks for your reply.
There is indeed some risk with pregnancy due to the position of the mesh.
However, this may not be the case most of the time.
Close monitoring is required if you decide to get pregnant.
But it can be doable with close monitoring.
Ok it does cover the entire abdominal wall. Im just making sure I am getting my info correct here before I get optomistic
yes I understand that.
10 years passed without any issue.
That is reassuring.
Is uterine rupture a risk if the hernia repair does fail/
Although risky, as long as you are healthy, this should be manageable by an experienced obstetrician.
did you have any surgery on the uterus like prior C section?
If not, then uterus rupture is unlikely.
Now, if it fails during pregnancy, what complications could arise?
most commonly there will be spontaneous abortion.
Recurrence of hernia is another possibility.
strangulation of the uterus and intestine from the mesh is another less common possibility.
At 37 years old it just seems risky. I also have a compromised cervix already. It seems scary but I may be reading into it more than I need to be
yes it is risky --not an average pregnancy.
Since the risks are known, close monitoring in a high risk Ob clinic is preferable.
Im not holding you to anything here but I am wondering if you had to guess, what would the chances of a full term birth be as compared to a normal woman my age
Even with all these risks, still you have reasonably good chance like 70-80% to reach full term.
ok thank you for the time. Is there anything else I should be aware of?
no that will be it.
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