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Incisional hernia after transplant: Anyone else?

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My husband is 10 months post transplant and has an incisional hernia. His local doctor looked at it and said it was appropriate to wait until his 1 year visit to Mayo. He has increasingly had tenderness to touch, and seems to be increasing in size. We were just curious about others experience with symptoms and repair.

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@btwest6, I want to drop in and to say that it is OK to contact your husband's transplant team to ask there opinion about your husband's incisional hernia, especially with the tenderness and increasing size. After our transplants, our bodies can respond differently than a nontransplant individual. Not to frighten you, but infections can come on quickly and be serious.

From my own experience and being 800 miles away from Mayo, I think that you should send a message to his nurse coordinator via the patient portal and explain his symptoms.
What are your thoughts?

@btwest6, Happy 1 year transplant anniversary to you and your husband! I hope that you did something special to celebrate the event. My husband and I usually go to dinner, but this year we opted for a carryout instead. It is the happy memories that are the best part.

What has your husband learned anything about whether or not he will need surgery for the incisional hernia, or found any relief?