Having a Difficult Time Deciding
At age 3 (in 1947) I had a right side inguinal hernia open repair that last until age 65 when severe coughing caused it to reoccur in the same location. At that time, and with no negative symptoms, a surgeon and I agreed that watchful waiting was likely the best course.
For the last few years I’ve begun wearing a truss when performing stain inducing activities. Now at 72 the hernia has increased in size, but can be easily returned by light pressure.
However, after living with the hernia for seven years it would certainly be nice not to have it, and not have to hear my intestinal contents gurgling by just below the surface.
My dad had a hernia repair when he was in his 70â€™s and nearly died during the operation and never regained his full health, which creates an emotional resistance to surgery. Of course logically his experience has no impact on what my result may be. In addition, my only other hospital experience was having my tonsils removed at age 6.
Iâ€™m very healthy, use no medications, 6â€™ tall, BMI of 21, BP 115/78, LDL/HDL is 1.7, TC/HDL = 3.0, TG = 80, and all blood work is normal.
Iâ€™m really on a fence as to what to do, as Iâ€™m having a difficult time trying to calculate the risk reward ratio based on my age, health, and prognosis over hopefully the next 15 to 20 years of life. Any thoughts or experiences would be greatly appreciated. Thank you –
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