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Thanks for the more detailed follow-up. Very helpful. I have some family members who have had hernia repairs (grandfather had inguinal hernias, aunt has had umbilical hernia) so probably some genetics involved. Which as you say is another reason I am considering the mesh. And thanks for clarifying about the 8x comment.
The surgeon I believe I have decided on is known around here as ‘the hernia guy’ – it’s probably what he does the most. And he’s skilled with the laparoscopic technique and the use of the robot to aid the laparoscope. So I don’t have any qualms about his experience or skill. He also has extensive experience with all manner of abdominal wall repairs as well as cancer surgeries. I like this because he is very familiar with the sensitive anatomy of the torso, and also doing prostatectomy and understands the critical nature of all of the nerves and structures in the groin. He’s a fellow with the American College of Surgeons as well. I actually specifically asked him about prostate surgery because there is some concern that a hernia or double hernia repair with mesh done laparoscopically can create problems if someone needs their prostate removed later on, and my father had to have his prostate removed due to cancer. He clearly explained how he does the surgery in a way to avoid these sorts of issues.
So I think I’m good when it comes to a surgeon. Just a matter of when to get it done. No major issues, and very little if any pain, but the area feels sensitive. I feel confident at this point it’s definitely a hernia on the right side. There is a very clear bulge, and I can feel and push back a squishy substance into a small cavity that will come back out. But very small. Possible it hasn’t broken through the very last bit of fascia, but it’s definitely through the muscle wall I think for sure. And I’d swear I remember the moment it kind of ‘broke through’ a couple weeks ago. Hadn’t noticed the bulge before, had just finished aerating the lawn with a giant piece of equipment I was moving all over the place, which kicked up a bunch of dust, and when I sneezed I felt a very quick but sharp pain in that spot and then felt a little sore and nauseated later. It was later that evening I noticed the bulge. So we will see how long it takes to progress and become more symptomatic.