What surgery did I have as a toddler?
October 4, 2012 8:35 PM Subscribe
As a toddler I had some surgery. I was always told that it was for a hernia, but I'm not so sure, and I'm not sure what the first steps to looking it up are. YANMD medical advice on the issue would be appreciated, as well.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (14 answers total)
I would have been 3, and I vaguely remember being taken around on a gurney - although that's probably a fake memory just based on what I was told. My parents told me it was hernia surgery, and I had no reason to doubt it until a girlfriend asked about the mild scar on my wiener. There's a straight scar/seam on the center of the underneath, going from front to back - starting from the line of circumcision and extending an inch or so onto the berries area, where it fades out. It's very minor - it looks almost like a parting line - but distinct. At that time, I semi-casually asked one of my parents to confirm that this was, indeed, hernia surgery, and they said yes.
My amateur googling has indicated that there's a common issue where babies have the urethra coming out in the wrong place (hypospadias), and it's surgically moved - based on what I know right now, that would be my guess, but it's just a guess, and I can't find anything looks right by perusing google images.
If anyone has medical thoughts on this I'd love to hear them but I'm mostly wondering if I'm entitled to my records on this, and if so, how I'd access them. I know the state and town and I have a guess on the hospital but I'm not positive.
(Regardless of what I find out I'm not particularly peeved at my parents - if it turns out they lied, it's most likely just a case of a white lie that became hard to turn back on - but curiosity has gotten the best of me. Not at all freaked out, insecure, worried, or upset, just curious.)