In short, I was operated on by THE ROBOT, a big device with arms that went into me laparoscopically. (The surgeon sits behind the robot, facing a video screen, and operates the arms and the camera; it’s amazing!) They made three incisions: one for the camera, and two to fix the inguinal hernia (a double, it turns out) as well as to see if there was a hernia on the other side (there wasn’t).
The “AT” marked on my stomach was pre-surgery, and I don’t know what it means except to single out the affected region.
And they shaved my belly while I was under, so now I have unsightly NAVEL STUBBLE (see below)! Anyway, everything went well, and I’m recovering and taking pain meds (as few as possible). Here’s my post-op belly with the three incisions. You can see what an improvement laparoscopic surgery is over the normal procedure, which for hernias is highly invasive—and leaves a big scar as well as inflicting a long period of healing. (I’ll be able to work within a day and do all my normal activities save lifting more than ten pounds. )
I should be posting normally by Sunday.