The 2nd opinion group had gotten my medical records previously, but apparently not the complete operation report, so they don't know how the original mesh was surgically implanted.
The original surgeon has agreed to a "limited" surgery - removing the bottom, but not the entire mesh. This is my strong preference, because I'd rather go through 2 or 3 "easier" surgeries, than the long, involved complete removal. However, the 2nd opinion group would not perform the limited surgery (giving it a zero chance of success). However, the 2nd opinion doctor did say that if the CT scans showed fluid only at the bottom (and not through out) the mesh, there was at least a chance the limited approach might work (and that he'd be the happiest doc in the word if that happens. Of course, he doesn't think it will)
The 2nd opinion group would do a complete removal, some kind of "cross stitch" repair, and they would use a "bio" (biodegradable?) mesh and thread that would be inserted to provide strength during the healing process, but would dissolve in 3 or 4 months.
The original surgeon made it clear that I would require "another" mesh because I wouldn't have much tissue left. It wasn't clear whether he had a permanent, or biodegradable mesh in mind, and I have submitted a question on this to his nurse. Since my body has rejected "foreign objects" since I was in my 20s - long before I started high dose vitamin C - it makes no sense to me to replace with another permanent mesh.
I am still up in the air about what to do. There is an MD in Las Vegas with impeccable credentials who specializes in hernia mesh removals, and I suspect he is very busy. I may contact him for a 3rd opinion, but the size of the mesh, and my adrenal malfunction and diabetes makes mine a special case, to say the least.
Owen R. Fonorow, Orthomolecular Naturopath
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