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3 hours ago · Omental hernia in Digestive Health

It didn't mention greater or lesser.
I've never heard of the omentum until this so I have some reading to do.

7 hours ago · Omental hernia in Digestive Health

Thank you! I am confident in his medical opinion but would feel much better if I understood it.
I noticed a lump and don't have any symptoms or pain- unless you count me pressing on it 40000 times a day to see if it's still there.
I had an ultrasound but the results were presented in a way that I had to look up every 3rd word and still ask for clarification twice. It is a 5 cm tear in my abdominal wall with the hernia containing omentum.
He told me I can have surgery if I want to or leave it alone until it gets painful which seems unhelpful to me as I don't want to have surgery if I don't need it but would much prefer it to an emergency situation. Is there such thing as a hernia emergency?
Surgeon consultations are covered under my insurance so my next option is making an appointment and seeing what they think but I would greatly appreciate any input.

1 day ago · Omental hernia in Digestive Health

Is this the right group to get more info about this?
I usually post in the kidney group but recently found a lump in my abdomen that turned out to be an omental hernia. I haven't found much online but am hesitant to rely on google for medical info anyway. My Dr isn't a huge help, he said I could have surgery or not.
Anyone here have the same thing? Or ideas on where to find reliable info?

Thu, Jun 11 12:42pm · Decided to be a Living Donor: How to gain support from spouse in Transplants

You are doing an amazing thing! Even if you go through the evaluation & decide it's not something you can do, you have that much more info to give someone else that considers living donation.
Every medical person you see from now through surgery is on your team. They want to make sure YOU can safely donate and live a long healthy life afterwards. They will test more things than you knew were possible to test, both physical & mental. I still think the evaluation process was harder than the actual donation!
You can decide at any time not to follow through with donation.
If at some point down the road, you need a kidney, you will go to the top of the list for recipients.

Wed, May 27 7:33pm · Donated my Kidney: May 20, 2020 in Transplants

How are you doing today? You did a great thing and I hope you are getting well taken care of and thoroughly spoiled!
I don't know exactly how altruistic donations go. Do you find out anything about the recipient?

Tue, May 19 9:36pm · Donated my Kidney: May 20, 2020 in Transplants

Minnesota at 4:45AM in January may have been the biggest shock to my system that day!
After check in and going over a list, I was taken to a pre-op room to get my IV and wait for the surgeon. The most soothing nurse sat with me the whole time, making small talk and being very calming. I don't remember much after being wheeled into surgery besides how bright it was and the surgeon saying they'd give me something to relax.
I remember waking up and telling a nurse I was hungry which made her laugh. My husband came in and we slowly walked around a bit. I slept and walked the rest of the day.
The doctors saw me the next morning, said I was doing well and could leave any time. My husband was surprised when I called to say "come get me". We thought I'd be spending 1 more night (I could have if I wanted to) and he had planned to shop and get things ready while I was gone.
If I had the chance to do it over, I would in an instant. It was amazing, exhilarating and nerve racking while being the easiest and most difficult choice I've ever made.

Tue, May 19 8:47am · Donated my Kidney: May 20, 2020 in Transplants

Good morning @danhoe! I'm guessing you have a couple of appointments today but nothing like the amount you had for your evaluation. In some ways, the surgery was, for me, easier than the whirlwind of evaluation appointments.
How are you doing? Do you have any questions?
This is an amazing thing you're doing and I'll be thinking of you tomorrow.

Sat, May 16 5:35pm · Donated my Kidney: May 20, 2020 in Transplants

That's so exciting @danhoe! Things are probably quite different right now than when most of us donated but I'll bet there are also many similarities.

It's too bad that someone can't go in with you but the nurses are amazing at Mayo and hopefully you'll only be in for a day or two. All I really remember is sleeping, walking around and pretending to read but sleeping more.
Do you have specific questions? Someone here is bound to have an answer for almost any non medical question you have. Do you live nearby or will you be staying somewhere for a bit before and after?

I'm technologically challenged so I'm having a hard time finding links from donors but here are 2
– Post donation: check in one year later https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/a-post-donation-check-in-one-year-later/
– Kidney transplant from the donor's side https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/kidney-transplant-from-the-donor-side/

Let me know what's going on and how you're doing!