As most of you already know, I had major urology surgery on the Monday of Thanksgiving Week.
The surgeon had to remove a large mass of scaring tissue in an organ that is only found in a man. It was causing me significant blockage issues. For several months the urologist tried to break down the thick scaring tissue via a more conservative means via regular injections of a medication into the affected area. However after several months of undergoing a very painful amd uncomfortal process on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it was determined that the treatments were not proving to be effective and that unfortunately I needed to have the internal scaring tissue removed surgically.
The surgery went pretty well and for the most part, despite the post-surgical swelling, I didn’t experience too much pain the first couple of days after being discharged from the hospital.
However by day 4, the swelling in the lower areas of the surgical sight had swelled up so significantly that it became very difficult and extremely painful to just move around. This was even more challenging for me since I am still recovering from a fractured right foot and fractured right hand. Literally I felt like a prisoner trying to walk around my prison cell (my RV) with a prison ball and chain (okay…I guess 2 prisoner balls in my case!) I had to devise several mechanical remedies to keep the prisioner balls supported in order to take off some gravitational pressure to facilitate mobility.
Okay….so after a week and a half or so, the “prisoner balls” decreased in size however another problem developed!
Think of a plunger as a way to describe a man’s lower anatomy.
The surgery to remove the thick scaring tissue occurred about 3/4 th’s of the way up the stick. However imagine the ruber part of the plunger being anatomically attached to a man’s torso. Then think of this ruber part of the plunger expanding in size to about the diameter of a tennis ball. That’s what happened to me. An internal hematoma developed! The area became very hard and painful!
For those unaware of what an internal hematoma is let me include a definition of it here for you.
“A hematoma is a collection of blood, usually clotted outside of a blood vessel that may occur because or an injury to a wall of a blood vessel from trauma or surgery allowing blood to leak out into tissues where it does not belong. It is a type of internal bleeding that is either clotted or forming clots.”
So, because of my continued pain and discomfort and at the time, being concerned of what was occuring (not yet knowing what it was) I ended up going to the Emergency Room yesterday (Tuesday) The medical staff after examining me contacted my surgeon to examine me. He first ordered a ultrasound of the affected area. After looking at the images, the surgeon came back to me and did indeed indicate that I had developed an internal hematoma as I just previously described for you.
To hopefully avoid another surgery and to try to remove the hematoma, the surgeon decided to try a more conservative method first. The surgeon took a large needle and injected it directly into the affected area and began extracting what appeared to be old pooled blood. He injected me in several areas of the “plunger” (15 times to be exact) to remove as much of the pooled blood that he could. Trust me….this was not a fun experience!
It reduced the size of the hematoma to about 80 % of what it had been. Now, I have to watch this area closely to see if the swelling increases, decreases or stays the same as it currently is. If it doesn’t get any larger, then the hematoma is due to old blood and not new blood. On Thursday, I will return to Urology. As long as the blood continues to be old, he will try to remove more of the blot clots that have broken down to liquid and try to take out more of it with those wonderful syringes. I can’t wait!
Time will tell what occurs next? Will he restart the weekly Tuesday and Thursday visits to gradually remove the rest of the hematoma or will he allow it to hopefully resolve itself over time if it appears to be feasible, or will I unfortunately end up having to go under the knife yet again to get the rest removed surgically? The saga will continue…..
For now, still a bit frustrated, in pain and still uncomfortable, but hopeful.🤔 Will update you all as I learn more over the next several weeks.
Have a great rest of your week.