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born with gastroscesis

I was born with gastroscesis 27 years ago and transferred to St Christopher's Hospital in Phila.  Dr.Weintraub was my surgeon (you might know him) anyway... I had reconstructive surgery when I was 12, but when they cut off the scar it was the only thing holding me together.  They had to put a mesh patch in because they couldn't pull the muscle close enough together.  My stomach, where the scar is, is very indented.  I was wondering if this is normal, or if it's from the mesh or what might cause this and what I can do about it.  It makes me very uncomfortable and (was said to) cause me to go into premature labor with my daughter. I'm just looking for any input.  I tried to reach Dr. Weintraub but, he is unfortunately retired.  Thank you for any information your can give me.  Nicole
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Abdominal scar tissue can certainly be associated with pain in pregnancy as the uterus and abdominal wall increase in size. It is doubtful that the mess in your abdominal wall caused you to go into preterm labor. However, because your daughter was delivered prematurely, you are at higher risk than other women who delivered at term for going into preterm labor again in future pregnancies. It is also important to let your obstetricians know that you have a mesh patch in your abdominal wall as this could make performing a cesarean delivery if the baby were to get into trouble technically more difficult and potentially increase your risks for surgical complications.
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