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Repair of Ventral Hernia, initial or recurrent?

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    Default Repair of Ventral Hernia, initial or recurrent?
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    I would like another opinion on this, the physician has a patient that has persistent pain at previous hernia repair. He does an abdominal exploration with removal of prosthetic and repair of ventral hernia. Would you consider this an initial hernia repair or recurrent hernia repair? Thank You
    Last edited by bethh05; 02-16-2009 at 08:12 AM. Reason: spelling

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    Bristol VA
    Post hernia repair
    I would think it's a recurrent hernia. Pt had a previous hernia repair, prosthetic (mesh?) and a 'repair of ventral hernia'...sounds recurrent to me.

  3. Wink
    I am agree with the recurrent, already corrected, this is like a revision

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    I would double check to make sure its the same type of hernia as well.

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