Recently, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I've discussed about meeting the surgeon in London, Ontario. And, how happy I am that he'll be helping me in my healing process. Praise God!
After my London surgeon told me he would be doing my surgery, he gave me and my daughter, P information about my hospital stay. He informed us about my condition when I am released from hospital. And, of course, we discussed what he will do during the surgery.
I asked whether or not he intended to use bio-mesh inside me. This is a biodegradable form of mesh that will not get infected.
He responded that indeed, he intended to use bio-mesh to help reconstruct me.
While it is good that it won't become infected from the infection inside me, it won't last, forever. Being biodegradable, it will shrink until it disappears.
When I heard this, I began to get upset. He asked me why. I explained that I/we had been told that if bio-mesh was used inside me, I could never again have surgery, even if it was extremely necessary.
Shockingly, he responded saying... that isn't true!
He asked who had told me this.
I responded, letting him know it was the Windsor surgeon who wanted to remove the current infected mesh inside me and leave me like a big hernia, with no reconstruction. No reconstruction at least for a year or two (2) afterwards, when he said he could then reinstall the normal mesh inside me, through me having another surgery with him. Using the kind of mesh I have currently inside me, that can become infected.
My London surgeon explained that many people who have hernia surgery, need to have more surgery later. He couldn't guarantee I wouldn't, even though this upcoming surgery is major.
He assured me that if ever I have a problem in the future, I can contact him, and he will help me. For this, I praised God!
Then, he explained to us why he would use the bio-mesh. It will act as a means of putting less stress on my incision.
When my surgery is done, I will be cut open from my rib cage to my pelvis. Some scar tissue/skin will be removed.
He will use a reconstruction method (I cannot recall the name... of... double...something or other), using my muscle to provide strength to keep my innards and organs in place, so that I won't be one huge hernia.
It was explained that there would be a lot of pressure on my incision if he didn't use the bio-mesh. Apparently, it will provide strength for me, until I have healed.
With less pressure on my incision while healing, I should heal quicker and have less or no hernia-like problems.
Once again, I praised God. For him. And, for his explanation, for no one had told me any of this, in the past.
One thing that was said, was that he wasn't sure I had enough stomach muscle left, for him to assure me the reconstruction would work 100%. This wasn't surprising to me, since the Las Vegas surgeon I saw last August (2013), had told me I didn't have enough muscle to reconstruct, letting me know I would possibly need several surgeries, and not just one (1).
As I said, hearing this was not a shock to me. I realize that I must trust God for this healing to happen.
Just as He told us in Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
He knows I trust Him. With all my heart.
Even though this has been one of the worst trials of my life, I will continue to trust Him. And, acknowledge Him, just as I always do. So, I know that He shall direct my path.
He will give my London surgeon wisdom and guidance. I know this, because I will be praying for him.
Friend, I know I've asked for prayer for my healing, in the past. And, I appreciate that you may be growing weary of hearing prayer requests from me.
However, I know that prayer is absolutely necessary.
I thank you for continuously praying for healing for me. Now, I'm asking you to pray for my London surgeon, also.
For this, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. May God bless you, always.
Until next time...
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