There’s No Such Thing as Minor Surgery When it’s Your Baby

After Wyatt finally decided to start using the potty in mid-March we prepared for him to move to preschool. During his last week in the toddler room I received a phone call from one of the teachers telling me that Wyatt was refusing to pee and he screamed every time they took him to the bathroom. I picked him up and got him to pee at home but he screamed the whole time and told me it hurt. This happened off and on over the next few days and we eventually ended up in the Children’s walk-in clinic and at the Pediatrician’s office the next day. They ran tests and everything came back clean. Long story short, the issue went away.

In the process of the exam at our Pediatrician, the Dr. noticed something else. He referred us to a pediatric urologist and we were able to get an appointment for the next week. In the meantime I learned everything I could about hydroceles / inguinal hernias. Rather than try to explain everything here, I copied this next section from a page from the hospital’s website that provides a description of the procedure:

Fast Facts About Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • An inguinal hernia is an opening in the belly (abdominal) wall near the groin. Fluid or intestines can pass through this opening if it is left untreated.
  • Because an inguinal hernia will not go away by itself, surgery is always needed.
  • Your child’s surgery will be done under general anesthesia, which means that he will be sound asleep during the surgery.
  • In addition to the general anesthesia, your child may receive caudal anesthesia, which will give pain relief in the area below the waist.
  • A pediatric urology doctor—a specialist in surgery of the urinary tract and reproductive organs of children—will do your child’s inguinal hernia repair.
  • This surgery takes between 30 minutes to 1 hour.

The appointment with the surgeon was brief, he examined Wyatt and confirmed that Wyatt would need surgery. We scheduled the first available “non-emergency” surgical date for the first week of August. I marked the date on the calendar and then didn’t think about it much again until last week. I had one day last week where I completely panicked about everything and I think I have that out of my system now. The surgery is necessary; there is no alternative. If he doesn’t have the surgery it could develop into an emergency situation. I know he will be fine and I will be very happy when tomorrow is over.

Tomorrow we will head to the outpatient surgical center for Children’s Hospital and Wyatt will have the surgery. I will be able to stay will him until they administer the anesthesia so he will be asleep when I leave him. They won’t do the IV until he is asleep so it should be a calm process. If all goes as planned we will be home in time for dinner and Wyatt will be back to normal within a day or two.






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