December 18, 2020
Dear Dr. Brown,
I wanted to write quickly to thank you once again for all of the kindness and support you have given me over the past 18 months. When I was suffering last year from the immense pain that the mesh on my right side was causing as well as the untreated hernia on my left, you took the time to call me and discuss how you could help. That phone call gave me some hope at a time when I had almost none.
When I flew to California in March to have my initial consult, I could tell right away that you were an extremely skilled surgeon. You identified very quickly not only the hernia only the left, but also an untreated abdominal hernia on my right (which multiple surgeons in Seattle had not identified). Your supportive bed-side manner also gave me confidence that you…
As you know, I have been against the use of mesh to repair hernias for 30 years. I am happy to report that the governments are starting to realize that mesh is a serious problem.
Australia is the first government to respond to complications and often debilitating complications related to the mesh.
In December, all surgical mesh – including hernia mesh – was reclassified from “medium risk” to “high risk” for potential adverse reactions.
All patients with surgical mesh operations must now be given a leaflet and implant card warning about the mesh’s potential risks.
I hope patients will use this information to push for more pure tissue repairs.
Contact me if you have any questions about your hernia.
Bill Brown, M.D.
My family and I are well and I hope you are also doing well considering the COVID 19 pandemic. I just wanted to reach out to you to say thank you for the good job you and your staff did. I really appreciated the kindness and the personal attention you gave me.
The hernia surgery is perfect. There is an almost invisible line present where the incision was made but I’m the only one looking for it. So, no worries there. I could not have asked for a better outcome. The recovery time was minimal and virtually painless. There is no pain now and my mobility is as good as it was before my hernia. I can of course feel where the surgery was done if I search for it by touch. But it has never given me any problem and weeks go by before I even think about…
I know that there has been a great deal of discussion among surgeons as to how to best treat inguinal hernias (with mesh, without mesh, type of mesh, open, laproscopic, etc.). As I have had one hernia repaired with mesh and one hernia repaired without mesh, I thought it would be useful to provide to you a detailed description of my experiences.
What follows below is written for somebody who is not familiar with my medical history. As such, some of what is written will not be new to you. But, some of it will be new.
My experience with mesh
I had surgery on August 20, 2019 to repair a small inguinal hernia on my right side. The procedure was performed laparoscopically under general anesthesia and the hernia was repaired by placing a Progrip self-fixing polyester mesh over the defect. As far as I am aware, the surgery went…
I hope you and your staff are safe and well during these unusual times. I wanted to check in with a quick update and let you know that its been a little over a year since surgery and I’m about 95% injury-free. Over the past 6 months, I’ve been doing stretching, tissue work, and cardio on a daily basis and the area continues to improve, especially after pushing it beyond the previous point and giving it recovery time to then build back up again.
At this point, I’m almost completely restriction-free and while I can still “feel” the area, I wanted to make sure I communicated how grateful I am to be able to workout, run, jump, skate, and get back to my passion of playing ice hockey goalie. I’m just getting back into games which should be the final hurdle to fully returning to my active lifestyle since the injury 2+ years…