Reply To: How long should or could you leave a hernia
Here’s a thought for those considering bad stories about surgeon interactions. Imagine that a certain, very active and opinionated, person from the forum was interacting with a surgeon in the way that they have commented about people on this very forum. Very complementary when they need something, very negative when they don’t get what they wanted. It’s easy to imagine that the surgeon would be very irritated and short with them and try to guide them away. No surgeon wants a single patient out there on the internet trying to blame them for a bad result, trying to ruin their career, even though they have decades of history of helping other people.
Just like when evaluating surgical methods and materials you really have to consider the overall numbers and the specific cases and your own specific situation, all together. Like Amazon reviews, if you look at enough of them you will always find a reason not to purchase. It’s best to look at recent results and the collection of results as a whole.
The best way, in my opinion, to make a choice about surgery, is to try to calculate the odds of success for your own situation. Collect the information, assess its quality, apply it to your situation, make a decision.