Enjoying her Oball rattle from Yael :)
Please ignore the unflattering angle and focus on the cutie trying to eat my face:
Katie has had two hernias, one umbilical and one inguinal, which we've known about since at least as long as I've been changing her diapers and could notice such things. On February 4th, her doctor was worried that the inguinal hernia will strangulate her left ovary, and set her up for surgery.
The surgery is usually an outpatient one, with babies who aren't hospitalized. The procedure itself only took about 20 minutes, though the anesthesiologist's part took a while longer (about an hour and a half total time). The scariest part for me was reintubation. They had to place a breathing tube down her while she was under. They made a small incision (it's about 1/2"-3/4" long), smooshed the ovary and part of her fallopian tube back in, and sealed it up. While they were in there, they scoped to make sure there wasn't a bilateral hernia (there wasn't).
|Katie before surgery, complete with IV in her head.|
|Katie with her nasal prongs in her mouth.|