Many of you have asked what type of surgery I had. What I had done today was called a lateral internal sphincterotomy. According to Wikipedia, it is an operation performed on the internal sphincter muscle for the treatment of chronic fissure. The internal anal sphincter is one of two muscles that comprise the sphincter which controls the passage of bodily waste. Yup that's probably too much information but what I learned through this process was that some of my friends have the same or similar problems. Some have gone to doctors as well. It really is a very common problem especially after childbirth.
When basic treatment didn't work and having Nolan caused more pain, I knew it was time to do something about it. I could complain about it everyday, or I could be proactive and try to fix the issue and that's what the goal of today was.
It was my first surgery besides at the dermatologist or wisdom teeth. The birth and the colonoscopy really helped prepare me, and I feel much more comfortable in a hospital setting with Ivs and being put under. Of course anytime anesthesia is involved and a surgery happens there are risks but I tried to just focus on the positives. I was so glad when I woke up, and the doctor told me everything went well. My experiences lately at Piedmont hospital and with my doctors has been wonderful! It's great to feel confident and like your health is well taken care of.
Today I am feeling sore and tired but overall doing pretty well. They said the first week will be the toughest with a three to four week recovery. The no heavy lifting is going to be a challenge. They suggested no lifting over 20 pounds and of course Nolan is just over 20 pounds now. I'm going to take it as easy as I can and ask for help as much as possible while I heal. It's a new experience being a Mom and also needing to take care of yourself. It really does take a village, and I'm very thankful for my family and friends. Thanks to my sweet husband for driving me and waiting in the waiting room for me. Thank you to my parents for watching Nolan today while we were unable. And thanks for to mother in law for helping too and my friends who texted me and sent their well wishes! I appreciate you all!