Shelly, the Mayo offices are only set up for consult and computer review of recent labs/scans, and they'll write Rxs. There's an exam table, but other than that they have no equipment in the offices. So I knew that wouldn't be an option, to have it drained that way...that it would most likely be in one of Interventional Radiology's sterile ORs, and that was confirmed today. Mayo takes zero risks and has a standardized way of doing things.
Well, I got an appt. for this morning. For some reason, I had terrible insomnia last night and only got 2 hours' sleep. I wasn't as tired as I expected I'd be, though. The news was not good. After exam, both the P.A. and surgeon felt that I have another hernia, as well as fluid. I just can't seem to get a break!! (I know I shouldn't complain...I'm cancer free, and that's a miracle...but I'm SO sick of having surgeries!) Obviously, I can't have the repair done before going to NYC. So it's back to looking for some type of body shaper. The P.A. was going to set up a CT scan for me the week after I return. However, on the way home I started thinking that maybe we should have the scan done this week, to know for sure. When I got home, I put in a call to the P.A. and left a message to call me before she left the office today, but she never did. I'm sure I'll hear from her tomorrow. However, I'm thinking they must feel pretty sure that it IS a hernia not to have told me to have a scan right way. This is SO disappointing.
One positive note, though, is that the transplant center, now located at St. Luke's Hospital, will be moving to Mayo's new on-campus hospital which opens April 12th. So when I do have the hernia repair, it will be in a brand-new hospital with state-of-the art ORs and equipment. From their handout, Achieving the Vision:
"...16 new operating rooms each measure about 700 sq. feet, much larger than average. Most of the equipment is hung from the ceiling to free space and eliminate hazards in the operating rooms.
One of the most innovative aspects of the new hospital is the 'sterile core' in the surgery suite. Instruments and surgery supplies are ordered and assembled in a central service supply area located directly beneath the operating rooms. When ready, sterile supplies are transported via dedicated elevators directly to the operating room core. Used supplies are covered and removed through a separate exit and sent down a different elevator."
"...nurses' work stations are located between every two patient rooms"...and patient rooms are only along one wall of extra-wide hallways. Also, "each room is wired for use as an intensive care unit or typical patient room." The rooms are each 350 sq. ft. and have sleeper sofas!
(Bolding above is mine.)
The surgeon said that he used a "natural" mesh and that it could have failed. If so, he would have to place a prosthetic screen. I only vaguely understand this. Shelly, do you know what the mesh is made of that he placed originally? He said there is a higher risk of infection with a prosthetic screen.
I was also unhappy that I've gained 2 lbs. in about 3 weeks. I wasn't surprised, though, as I've been eating heavier meals and lots of nuts. I have to rein in my diet before my weight starts climbing upward again.
I'll post more when I know more.
Post Edited (hep93) : 3/17/2008 8:29:27 PM (GMT-6)