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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Does a Colonoscopy or Abdominal Wall Hernia have more priority?

    Had colonoscopy in late 2012 where cluster of polyps were removed. One being 8mm (tubular ad). March 2013 had laporoscopy, Curette and Merina . This resulted in Peritonitis, bowel resection & repair. Bag removed latter 2013 via Hartman's reversal. Have had ongoing abdominal pain since. Latest scan shows broad neck abdominal wall hernia with no bowel strangulation but contains small loops. No longer have private cover as have been unable to return to work will pay to have priority procedure done. Extreme psychological fear of surgery and lack of trust needs to be considered. Previous General Surgeon who performed reversal opinion was Phantom Pain, possible adhesions. I am 43 years old. Not obese but very unfit as a result of ongoing pain.
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    Dr John Lancaster

    Colorectal Surgeon (Bowel), General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon

    So sorry to hear of your rough ride after your surgery :(  I would say the hernia repair is more important - the colon polyps don't sound especially high risk and could probably be rechecked in 4-5 years after your last colonoscopy. The abdominal wall hernia does sound at risk of strangulating or obstructing the bowel loops so I would think this more important.

    As always, seek the advice of your GP who will know your own personal circumstances and full medical history.

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    Thank you for replying. Yes it has been a rollercoaster ride. An urgent referal has been sent. Is air travel unsafe prior to hernia repair? 

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