That's right....Eli got to come home! The second part of his surgery was successful. Dr. Groner took the muscle biopsy out of his right thigh with about a 1.75" incision. He needed to open it back up after closure to get more muscle for an additional biopsy but he was able to use the same incision and not make a new cut. The incisional hernia was a bit more tricky. Since Eli has had three major abdominal surgeries in his life so far he has built up a lot of scar tissue on his abdomen. They went in and found extensive scar tissue with his abdominal muscles and his skin/scar tissue around the hernia. Dr. Groner had to do quite a bit of manipulation to separate the scar tissue in order to fix his incisional hernia completely. Consequently Eli will have a lot of bruising and soreness surrounding his abdominal incision and MIC-key button.
Although Eli had some desatting during surgery and was hanging in the mid-90s post-op, anesthesia felt that he was fine to come home and recover in a comfortable environment. His bandages are pretty bloody and he is in a lot of pain. Thank God for Tylenol with Codeine. We got home around 3:30 EST and after a hefty dose of meds and some rocking, Eli is fast asleep in his crib. Thanks for all of the prayers and well wishes. Hopefully the rest of recovery goes smoothly. He won't be able to walk for a few days to a week due to thigh incision and he seemed to have trouble sitting up post-op possibly from his abdominal incision or anesthesia. But, our little trooper has made it through yet another surgery in his short life and is still smiling.