A POSITIVE hernia story

A POSITIVE hernia story

Posted in the Hernia Forum

Since: Jan 13

New York, NY

#1 Jan 19, 2013
Hi all! As an avid reader of this forum, I wanted to post a positive experience for all..in case it's of help.

I'll start with the two most important conclusions in case you don't read further:

1) Regardless of the approach you choose, go with a surgeon who has done it lots and lots and lots of times. They should be an expert in that approach.

2) Go with someone you personally feel confidence in..regardless of their reputation. For me, that means someone with quiet confidence, who is willing to patiently answer all your questions, who doesn't pressure you in anyway, and also doesn't shy away from telling you what they recommend.

Ok, now for the details:

I just had laporascopic surgery using mesh yesterday and I am so far very, very pleased with the outcome. I'm feeling well enough to type this note.

I think I had read practically every post in this forum...and came away quite worried! Well, here's what I did...and what I think I learned.

I went to see four different surgeons recommended by various friends or medical professionals..and only one felt right.

The first surgeon was a big name at a famous hospital, but he simply whisked in and out of the examining room, barely spending any time explaining anything to me. He may well be a great surgeon, but I had to pass. And he did something really annoying: he asked me what I wish to do. What?? Do you go to the car repair shop and tell them what should be done? That's their job.

The second surgeon was also at a famous hospital...but ran his office very oddly. Only took cash and made all the appointments himself. What's more, he told me it wasn't necessary to get a pre-op blood exam...which no else said. Just didn't feel right.

The third surgeon was younger, seemed ok, but again he asked me what I wanted to do. Sorry, but that's the surgeon's role. They can describe the different options, but then they should say what they would prefer and why.

The fourth surgeon is at a good hospital, but not a famous one. He was calm, he was patient, his office staff love him, he answered all my questions, he was even willing to answer more questions by email, and he even came onto the phone even though I didn't want to bother him. He had experience with all the different approaches, but did mainly laporascopy...has done it for a long time...does it all the time...explained why he prefered his approach. And based on how I'm feeling the day after, he did a great job.

Now as for mesh, there are a lot of scary stories here. And I can't tell you other than find a surgeon who's got a lot of experience. Done correctly, mesh is apparently a lot more secure with less chance of having to re-do it.

And laporascopy, again if done right, results in a much quicker recovery time. If I had gone with "open" surgery, I'm sure I'd be in a lot more discomfort right now.

Hope that helps!

Altoona, PA

#2 Jan 20, 2013

I think it would be more helpful if you actually share the names of these doctors so others may benefit from your experiences and knowledge. Perhaps one of the doctors could help some who are looking for competent hernia surgeons.

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