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He really didn’t explicitly say anything on this topic. It was honestly more me saying it and him nodding his head. That was a very short and minor part of the conversation. I had already made assumptions on this topic based on the other conversations I had and my research, so I didn’t make this a primary focus of this visit and didn’t dwell on it. I would summarize his comments as basically saying that with the robotic laparoscopic surgery (which allows a much clearer and focused picture of the tissue and all of the nerves etc.) and the placement of the mesh in that type of surgery, that the incidence of pain and complications with smaller hernias is low.
And I would actually say of the two surgeons, on balance it was in fact the first one that was more reassuring (though neither was doomsday about it). I chose this surgeon 1. because my main PCP recommended him, 2. because hernias are one of the operations he performs the most and he has extensive experience with the laparoscopic robotic tools and 3. his demeanor and patience and thoughtful answers (though again, I liked both surgeons). He also does surgery on cancer patients routinely. Obviously a surgeon who performs hernia repairs routinely with mesh is confident that it’s a good way to repair a hernia and isn’t likely to suggest that a potential patient has a good chance of having complications or pain. And I gather given that one of his primary surgeries is hernia repair and he’s been practicing for decades that he has likely performed a couple or several thousand at least, and has a sense of the success rate and continues to do the surgeries because he believes they work well. I don’t think many of these surgeons though have very detailed reporting they share with patients about follow-ups, but I can certainly ask if there’s anything they can provide.