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I go under the knife tomorrow

By Curt_Anderson
December 4, 2022 9:28 am
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Tomorrow morning a robot surgeon will attempt to repair my bilateral inguinal hernia. The human surgeons and doctors will be watching the whole procedure, which is laparoscopic, on a television monitor. Apparently they will be making just one small incision near my navel. I am hoping to get a copy of that video. I plan to get it on Netflix or one of the streaming services. The working title is ďJourney to the Center of the GirthĒ.

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  1. by Donna on December 4, 2022 9:43 am

    LOL! I wish you a successful operation and a speedy recovery. Is your hernia a result of your fall from a ladder?


  2. by Curt_Anderson on December 4, 2022 9:52 am
    I wondered the same thing, Donna. I donít really know when my hernias developed. My doctor friend, who diagnosed it, said itís unlikely that it was the result of a fall. I didnít have a moment of lifting, something heavy, resulting in a hernia. Unfortunately just being 70 years old causes a lot of things to go south.


  3. by HatetheSwamp on December 4, 2022 9:58 am

    Bon chance, Curt.

    My wife apparently has an intestinal hernia. She'll have a CAT scan in a couple of weeks.

    Keep us updated.


  4. by Donna on December 4, 2022 10:31 am

    I wish Evie the best, Bill.

    As my late dad often said, "Getting old is gross".

    I liken the journey of life to walking through a minefield. For most people, at least in developed nations, the mines are few and far in between during your early years but increase as you age until you get a point where there are more mines than safe steps.





  5. by HatetheSwamp on December 4, 2022 11:23 am

    Thanks. I don't think I posted about this but, in March 020, she went to the ER in the ambulance with what turned out to be a perforated colon. She had emergency surgery and had a large section of her colon removed. This may be a hernia or scar tissue or something more ominous.

    2 1/2 years later, she says that she's just coming out of what she calls "anesthesia brain." She doesn't want to do it again.



  6. by Donna on December 4, 2022 12:20 pm

    Well we'll hope or pray it isn't serious.


  7. by Curt_Anderson on December 4, 2022 12:29 pm
    I think what HtS refers to as "intestinal hernia" is what I have, namely an inguinal hernia. Anyway, her situation sounds like it may have more complications than mine. Hoping for the best for you both.

    You will know by my posts starting to tomorrow if I have anesthesia brain. If I start saying "Trump was right" you'll know that something is wrong!


  8. by HatetheSwamp on December 4, 2022 2:33 pm

    We'll be on the look out for anesthesia brain.


  9. by islander on December 5, 2022 5:46 am

    Good luck with your surgery today Curt.

    I had two hernia repairs the old fashioned way when I was in my early twenties, left side and then the right side a year later. Healed quickly (being only 22 helped with that). Never had a problem since. Having laparoscopic surgery, which they didn't do back then, should make for a fairly quick healing even if you're not 22 ! 👍


  10. by Curt_Anderson on December 5, 2022 5:12 pm
    I survived. It turns out I had two hernias on both sides. That four hernias! Operation went well. Unfortunately I didnít get meet the robot afterwards. Probably it was busy vacuuming the corridors or something.


  11. by HatetheSwamp on December 5, 2022 5:32 pm

    Glad to hear that it went well!


  12. by Donna on December 5, 2022 6:32 pm

    Yay!!!!


  13. by Curt_Anderson on December 5, 2022 7:15 pm
    Thanks HtS and Donna. Another landmine avoided. It helps to tread lightly through life.


  14. by Curt_Anderson on December 10, 2022 10:24 am
    Maybe I should have known or guessed it but somehow it did not occur to me for the robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery I underwent this past Monday that my perineum would be inflated. Well, I was I was pumped up with CO2 and left the hospital looking like I was several months pregnant after a few days. My distended belly has finally subsided.

    It makes sense that in order to do all that internal stitching and positioning the hernia mesh they would need to make room and have some air space in which to operate.

    Elsewhere, OD mentioned that liberals donít have the stones to address some thing he posted. Donna admits she does not have the stones. I definitely have the stones now. In fact, they are cooling on an ice pack and I hope to get them back to normal size soon.


  15. by Donna on December 10, 2022 10:49 am

    And with that, Curt, I leave you this classic rock gem!

    youtube.com


  16. by oldedude on December 14, 2022 6:41 am
    Just a follow up. How's the surgery doing? Just wondering and hoping everything is working itself out.



  17. by Curt_Anderson on December 14, 2022 9:42 am
    OD,
    My recovery is excellent and surprisingly quick. Iím a bit tender around the pubic area, and I have a slight swelling of the testicles. But any residual pain and swelling is reducing rapidly. Incidentally, I was prescribed opioids for pain, but I never used any. I took several acetaminophen on the first few days, but that is it. Thanks.

    If you know anybody suffering with a hernia, I would definitely recommend laparoscopic surgery.


  18. by oldedude on December 14, 2022 2:14 pm
    Excellent! When I had mine that wasn't even a thought. but it sounds like the way to go. Good to hear it though.


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