My surgeries with text and images…

Scalpel Art

Hi, ===> Disclaimer: shown photos and videos may be felt as shocking for some people, take care and stop reading if so!!! <=== Important: These posts and articles are ===> not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment!!! <=== They ONLY show readers what I lived through and they are trying also to provide useful and professional links where readers could get informed about the surgeries... This publication is for informational purposes only. So if you are sensible, STOP reading after this line please... Strange Title for a blog, isn’t it? Why did I chose this title? And for which reason this blog? I had a lot of surgeries and decided to make my experience available as a testimonial for other persons how to cope with health problems and the need to get a surgery. I will not only post photos from my surgeries, but also giving my testimonial about what I lived with it… When you see the photos, you will understand the name “Scalpel Art“… ==================================

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Hallux Valgus, called also “Bunion”

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  X-Ray of “Hallux Valgus” before and after surgery.

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Bunions

Hallux valgus

Last reviewed: March 8, 2014.

A bunion forms when your big toe points toward the second toe. This causes a bump to appear on the inside edge of your toe.

[End Text from A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia / Internet]

Hallux Vallus-before-after-OP

My insight: in 2014 I had four times an infection which is very painful; 8-9/10 on the pain scale. I visited the doctor in October 2014 and the above X-rays are showing that a surgery is a need, the date of the surgery was fixed for January 9, 2015.

 I opted for a spinal anesthesia .  [Start Text from Wikipedia] The desired result is total numbness of the area. A pressure sensation is permissible and often occurs due to incomplete blockade of the thicker A-beta mechanoreceptors. This allows surgical procedures to be performed with no painful sensation to the person undergoing the procedure.  [End Text from Wikipedia] The person is awake while the surgery is done, but the patient doesn’t see what is done.

The surgery takes about +/- 1 hour and then the patient goes to a special room where he is observed by professional medical staff till the effect of the anesthesia is gone. The patient, then, will get transferred to its room in the hospital.

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The patient will then get a daily companion, an infusion stand with different infusions such as antibiotic and painkiller…

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So that’s all for today, I will blog more tomorrow. Stay tuned😉

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15-04-2015: Pain Level is ONLY 2-3/10 on pain scale, sounds good so far😉 ONLY sometimes, mostly in the night in bed…

07-04-2015: First day that I am wearing normal shoes again, works perfect…

23-03-2015: First day that I was driving a car again after the surgery…

20.03.2015: First day that I was walking with open shoes (sandals), NO problem…

14-03-2015: I took the medication “APRANAX 550 mg” for pain, it helps a lot… Pain Level NOW 3-4/10

26-02-2015: STILL on pain about 4-5/10 on the pain scale. BUT less persistent pain, reduced the medication…

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1219 days After The Surgery

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1219 days after surgery.

As I had different injuries between last post, I got some NEW antibiotics and probably they solved the problem. After last Scintigraphy I got told from the expert doctor (nuclear medicine) that I would STILL have an inflammation and that I should get NEW antibiotics.

So, now on July 11th, 2014 I am feeling comfortable again (nearly)…

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Still on the pain 23

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823 days.

Already NOW 823 days after the surgery and STILL pain, doesn’t go away! On the pain scale I am again on 8-10 and NOW I got again antibiotics ===> AUGMENTIN 1.000 mg/62,5 mg <===. They helped last time, so hopefully ALSO this time. I will be soon on “Disability Pension” (early Retirement due to health problems) and waiting till I get the first check paid. After that I will visit the doctor again to sort out the problem, if necessary a new surgery might be possible as it is probably an allergic reaction to the mesh repair. This is nearly by 100% sure as I had a 5 hour examination from a Prof.Dr. XXXX on 15.10.2012 where they mentioned a possible infection also in their report!

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Below is an image that shows what a hernia looks from inside…

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The image credit goes to (a great website in German, who explains very well…):

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Still on the pain 22

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Day 518 after the surgery… More than 1 year!

As I had an appointment on April 17, 2013 with the surgeon, here what happens: for the surgeon there are NO problems; he sent me to someone else specialized in pain treatment. BUT the funny about that is that this service isn’t anymore existing in the same hospital where he is working😦 NOR that these consultations will get paid back by the social insurance… One consultation would cost 150 €, which is about 194 US$, a lot of money and this without any warranty.

Now comes the most interesting and nearly unbelievable; I had a serious flu and my family doctor prescribed me antibiotics, guess what happens? My pain in the scrotum nearly disappeared completely, I am feeling much more happy now. I still will try to get an appointment soon by my family doctor to find out how we can get the pain completely away. I want also an answer on why the pain disappeared by taking antibiotics and why they left me for more than 500 days in pain…

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Still on the Pain 21

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Date: March 31, 2013

Day 465 after the surgery… More than 1 year!

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Hodenschmerzen nach Leistenbruch-Operation

Hoden-Schmerzen nach Leistenbruch-Operation

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As I am still on pain level 6/10 and that I have ONLY an appointment on April 17, 2013 with the surgeon, so I decided to collect some information about chronic pain after an inguinal hernia surgery. Apparently 10-16%, some say even 30% of patients suffer from chronic pain after the inguinal hernia surgery. Here below my link collection in different languages (I am multilingual…):

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Still on the pain 20

Date: March 20, 2013

Day 454 after the surgery… More than 1 year!

Pain Scale 6/10Yesterday I got the results from last colonoscopy, a very good one! NO CANCER found anymore, but although they found a new polyp of 1cm diameter (0.4 inches), but not presenting  cancer! I am feeling very HAPPY about that. Next colonoscopy will be in a year, it is BETTER to control it, one never knows…

I am still on pain level 6-7/10 and so I had also yesterday an appointment with the family doctor where I got a prescription for a new medication, “LYRICA 75mg“, a medication which should calm the pain in the nerves…

My pain story started after a surgery of two inguinal hernias, and after all the examinations done by an UROLOGY specialist this one didn’t find any UROLOGY problems and told me to visit again the surgery specialist to find out from where the pain comes. But he told me also that it would be probably a nerve or some nerves who were getting touched or other possibility also is that the nerves are getting touched by the implanted artificial net…

Wait and see… Tomorrow I will contact the surgery specialist to get an appointment again..

Still on the pain 19

Date: March 11, 2013

Day 445 after the surgery… More than 1 year

Pain Scale 6/10The pain is increasing again and I am now on pain scale level 6/10, not knowing what is happening!??? My moral is (???), need to fight hard to net letting me go down! It’s too long anyway, I need to upgrade my courage as I start to rant too much on Social-Media, not good😦

I am NOT anymore the person I was before the operation, I wish to become the same again as I start to hate myself for what I am now (mentality)! No life quality anymore with chronically pain, it starts slowly to destroy me, even spouse told me that I changed too much; not good at all to hear it from her…

Still on the pain 18

Date: March 09, 2013

Day 443 after the surgery… More than 1 year

pain scale 4-5/10

I finished all the tests on Urology and the doctor says that there are no Urology problems! OK, good news, but still on the pain which increased again! I am now on 4-5/10 on the pain scale. The doctor told me that I should visit again the surgery doctor, probably there were some nerves touched during the surgery. Will the pain ever go away or must I stay for the rest of my life with it, not feeling confident at all anymore…

I had also a colonoscopy again, 6 months after the last check up as on the last check up a polyp from 2 cm in diameter (0.8 inches) was found. A new polyp was found with already 1 cm diameter (0.4 inches) after only 6 months! On March 19, 2013 I will know then the results…

Never ending story, to be continued…

Still on the pain 17

 

Date: January 30, 2013

Day 405 after the surgery… More than 1 year :(

Yesterday I visited my Urology Doctor again, probably for the last time. He told me that there is NO Urology problem and that possibly some nerves were getting touched during the surgery and that’s why there is still some pain. He told me to visit again the doctor who made the surgery, endless story… SO, I will try to get a new appointment to find out what it is definitely  and hopefully it will get sorted out and hopefully I will get some medication to get rid of the pain…

Still on the pain-16

Date: December 18, 2012

Day 362 after the surgery… Nearly 1 year😦

ScreenHunter_02 Dec. 18 21.12I got a P.E.T. scan who revealed infections in the scrotum and a Cystoscopy will be made on Thursday December, 18. After I took antibiotics “Ciproxine 500mg” I feel already much better, but still problems with pain. Hopefully on Thursday they will find the answer about my persistent problems…

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Still on the pain-15

Date: November 16, 2012

Day 330 after the surgery…

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The pain is getting stronger again, can’t leave without taking “Diclofenac” medication😦 Yesterday I made a Scintigraphy with Gallium and today a Scintigraphy with Technetium. I have seen the doctor after the Scintigraphy but she couldn’t tell me yet and told me to wait till mid next week! So next week my house doctor will get the results and me also then, but she asked for probably the necessity for a P.E.T. scan… Wait, see and hope…