The Entire Operation a Memorable, Surprisingly Pleasant Experience

Dear Dr. Brown,

It’s now precisely 7 days since I arrived at your clinic – at 09:30 last Thu September 10. You began the hernia repair surgery shortly after 10 am.

I am not your regular young athlete patient; I am a retired Swiss businessman, soon 69 years of age. I did lots of research and was convinced before we met that the open surgery repair without mesh was the best solution for me; I already have difficulties tolerating polyester on the outside of my skin! In Switzerland – and also in Canada’s famous Shouldice hospital – they would have kept me hospitalized for 3 to 4 nights. In your case, I was on my way to our San Francisco home in less than 5 hours after I arrived to your clinic!

The entire experience included a number of positive surprises: First, the local anesthesia. I expected to be awake during surgery, but the tranquilizer that you made me drink knocked me out solid for almost 10 hours. I can’t remember how I got dressed, how I walked out of your clinic nor the drive home – luckily I wasn’t the driver. Second, the healing of the incision. By 10 pm I removed the dressing, there was no leak, no problem. Today, 1 week later, it’s healed completely and beautifully. Third, the minimal pain. I took 5 regular 200 mg Nurofen pain tablets in total: One at nighttime on day of the surgery, 3 (in 8 hour-intervals) on Friday and the last one Saturday morning, i.e. the 2nd day after surgery.

I did need a strong Starbucks coffee on Friday  afternoon to get rid of the last bit of drowsiness. Since then I have been functioning pretty normally, walking and driving as much as I needed and wanted to.

According to your operative report I had a right direct inguinal hernia with a large indirect hernia, which had an unusually large proximal opening. Verbally you told me that I made you work harder than you had intended to :-).

I appreciate all the more how problem- and largely pain-free the surgery and recover phases went. I will take your advice and now begin to slowly work on strengthening the various muscles under professional P.T. advice, and I expect to swing my golf clubs much more freely in 2 – 3 weeks’ time.

A cordial thank you, Dr. Brown. Your very warm, personal treatment, especially also the many phone calls during the first 5 days following surgery, the way you respond to emails – all highly appreciated and making the entire operation a memorable, surprisingly pleasant experience!


Rolf Hess

William Brown, MD
Hernia Specialist

Dr. Brown has been repairing inguinal hernias for over 30 years, taking care of Athletes with Sports Hernia injuries since 1999.  Dr. Brown has been taking care of patients with complications from mesh for so long that his hair is gray. Luckily he still has some hair.

His patients include players from the San Jose Sharks and the San Jose Earthquakes as well as athletes from the NFL, AFL, NBA, and the local college teams. As well as Athletes from 15 foreign countries.

Fremont Office
William H. Brown, M.D.
39470 Paseo Padre Pkwy
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 793-2404
Fax: (510) 793-1320

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