Reply To: Surgery VS Watchful Waiting
This is good info, thanks. Living in the US, and being somewhat restricted by the way insurance works within each state, most of us are at the mercy of the fact that 99% of hernia repairs seem to be done with mesh. And those that aren’t are probably performed by surgeons who only do a handful of pure tissue repairs a year and only in certain limited circumstances. So it’s basically a matter of when to get the mesh repair. Especially when you have to place a certain amount of trust in your doctors/surgeons and they all say that mesh is still the gold standard and the way to go. That’s what I am trying to decide myself now. I have a small little lump and feel like I should just get it fixed rather than simply wait for it to get worse. It isn’t large and it isn’t painful. But I have no doubt it will get to that point, eventually. I did read that it doesn’t make much difference in terms of success of surgery if you wait, unless it gets quite a bit larger. Maybe because mesh they use covers a large area anyway. I figure I can wait a few weeks or a few months. But I don’t like the idea of waiting longer, even if it isn’t painful. I’m already limiting myself greatly for fear of making things worse. I don’t like living that way. But I also don’t want any chronic pain at all from a surgery that doesn’t go perfectly. As you say, it’s a dilemma.