*Please be aware of the graphic content below* =)
..........and remember I just had a baby 9 weeks ago. That would explain why I have a linea negra (aka the line above and below my belly button). This went away fairly quickly with both girls (within a month post partum) but I just researched and found out some women's stay up until a year pp. Not exactly what I wanted to read.
So without further ado, here is my pre-surgery belly hernia: I developed this after having Nevaeh (our 2nd child) and just assumed it was normal to develop an "outie" considering how much it popped out during the pregnancy. I know, delusional. So low and behold I walked around 3 years with an umbilical hernia without even knowing it.
.....until, my MD informed me I had a hernia all along at my first OB appointment. Swell. And then it exacerbated when I was 16 weeks preg and thought I was going to die of pain. We thought I would need surgery then but avoided that at all costs. We decided I could put my big girl pants on and suck it up until after I had Jackson. And that is where we're at.
I had a consultation last Thursday with MD Dew from Gerig Surgical Associates. He promised me he could work some magic and make this "outie" of mine an "innie". I have not had pain for awhile now so it was more cosmetic from my perspective but he said it definitely needed to be done to prevent further life threatening damage.
So I didn't waste any time and booked my surgery for this morning at 7:30am.....my very first surgery mind you and I was terrified! I felt very vulnerable in this situation and was kindly reminded by my husband that I will be the closest to death under anesthesia today. Nice.
The last thing I remember was the anesthesiologist telling me to dream of something good and I was out. One short hour later I met Steve and Jackson (the girls were at school) back in the recovery room. I came to very quickly with no side effects at all. Just a super tired feeling. MD Dew said he ended up finding not one but two hernia's. *FYI, umbilical hernia's typically occur in men and infants but is common during pregnancy. A piece of intestine protrudes through weak abdominal muscles causing a "hernia" so during surgery a wire mesh is placed inside to prevent this from happening again.
I felt better than expected the whole day but noticed I was bleeding more than what I should have been. I called the MD on call and he recommended to apply pressure for an hour and to call in the morning if it wasn't any better. Well you guessed it, it wasn't better in the morning (Day #2) so MD Martens put a stitch in to stop the bleeding......right in front of me. He of course used lidocaine to numb the area first.
Day #3 it was still bleeding and I couldn't believe how much pain I was in. I was pretty naive about the whole process and was slapped in the face with reality very quickly. I went in yet again with yet another MD, MD Gerig and he said it was bleeding too deep for him to do anything so I was put on strict bed rest for the next 24 hours along with a belly button packed full of gauze.
So here is Day #4 after surgery. Still very swollen (I looked about 5 months preggo) and bruising is starting to darken. I started anti-inflammatories which helped a lot with the swelling. This day was a turning point and the pain lessened with each day here after. Here is a picture 2 weeks post surgery. Good thing I'm always behind in my blogging so I can put the after pics up! =) I have no pain at all and I can officially start back into light exercising (as of March 28). I was on a 10lb weight lifting restriction so I could hold Jackson and that was about it. I needed help with the his car seat for the past 2 weeks. I'm so ready to be normal again!!!
I'm pretty happy with the outcome so far and hoping it will continue to look a little better each day. The scarring you see above my belly button is from back in my smokin' hot stomach days when I had a piercing. Sadly, those days are long gone. And I'm positive that scarring is here to stay and that it will be more prominent than the scar from the surgical incision.
So there you have it. My lovely hernia story. Now, I must go. work. out! =)