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Incisional hernia after transplant: Anyone else?

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@rosemarya

@cehunt57, How long after your transplant did the incisional hernia develop to when you needed surgery? What signs/symptoms did you experience? Did you return to your transplant center for the procedure?

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@rosemarya my pancreas transplant was 11/30/2005. I had an enteric conversion surgery in 02/2006. It was several years before I started to notice a small (golf ball size) bulge at the bottom of the incision. There were no other symptoms. I asked one of my local providers about it and was told it was an incisional hernia. I reported it to my transplant team. They said they could take care of it but that if it wasn’t bothering it would be better to leave it alone since abdominal surgeries were what caused it in the first place. I was told to keep an eye on it for changes in size, shape or any discomfort. In the spring of 2012 I had a siege of gastroparesis & big discomfort; plus the hernia had changed in size & shape (like a very large plum). It landed me in the hospital. I was indeed diagnosed with an episode of gastroparesis plus a small bowel obstruction. A surgical consult concluded that the hernia didn’t require emergency surgery but should be repaired soon. I ended up with the repair in June 2012 by a local surgeon.