Inguinal Hernia

An inguinal hernia (pronounced /????w?n?l ?h?rni?/) is a protrusion of abdominal-cavity contents through the inguinal canal. They are very common (lifetime risk 27% for men, 3% for women[1]), and their repair is one of the most frequently performed surgical operations.

Last night, after Josiah passed his motion on the potty, I proceeded to bath him and for some reason, brought him to the living room naked, where my bro-in-law and sis-in-law were. Normally, I would get him dressed before bringing him into the ‘public’. For some reason, this act might have saved his life. Immediately, my sis-in-law, a practicing medical doc, noticed that he had a lump on his right groin area. I touched it and it was hard. Josiah started shouting no no no to us. He doesn’t want us to touch it, it probably was painful. We had to dress him up, then my sis in law wanted to check on it again. After a few attempts, she checked and it was gone. She diagnosed it as Inguinal Hernia, in layman terms, the small intestine has dropped through a hole that should have been closed while in the womb but did not. It’s a condition that needed a corrective surgery to put a mesh in there so that the intestine won’t drop again, which could happen due to any strain, cough or jumping activities.

Needless to say, we got extremely worried. Despite it being a small surgery, it is too heartbreaking to put my baby under a knife. We checked out on the right hospital and insurance claims, and thankfully, I had bought insurance for Josiah in July of 2009. That means he’s illegible to claims upon any admission to the hospital, that at least, lessen the financial burdens and allowed us an alternative rather than having to put him on waiting list with the government hospital which could take a long time.

However, we had a 2nd opinion at Josiah’s paed today, and she said that sometimes, and she has seen 2 cases, when the condition is cured by itself. Where patients she had where their bulge has gotten so big one day, and one day just disappeared before their surgery date. We now have a referral letter to one of our nearest Private Hospital to see a surgeon for a 3rd opinion, but we are seriously praying that no surgery needed to be done. After all, we believe in our great and powerful God who can and wants to heal all our sicknesses. So for the moment, we are monitoring Josiah’s condition to see whether the lump will appear again and how often it will happen. Please pray along with us that the muscle surrounding the inguinal canal will strengthen in order to contain the abdominal contents so it won’t drop out. Pray for complete healing, that Josiah can run around, and jump like a normal active toddler again. Surgery, minor as it is, still has many risks that we want to avoid if at all possible.

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