Groin Pain/Groin Pull

It is 15 years since you operated on me. Then I was a nationally ranked high school swimmer. Yes, your website has me swimming the Race from Alcatraz a few years ago. Now look what I am doing. Squats with 300 pounds (I know you are cringing!). Also I am now a transplant Psychologist for the University of Mississippi, and am here giving a lecture. Thanks so much for fixing my groin pull and groin pain injuries, Dr. Dellon.

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Dr. Dellon I am back home with my wife and sons and doing great. thanks so much. CW

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I made it trough surgery - we did 3 different surgical locations.

Bellow is a picture of Dr. Lee Dellon in room about an hour ago. We had a nice chat and it is so reassuring to know that someone for more than 3 decades has pushed the envelope to help patients like me - people 99.999% of doctors have no idea what to do with. Thank you all for having positive thoughts for me. I also appreciate more than many of you will ever know the time and friendship that you give to me.

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After 3 years of horrible groin and lower abdominal wall pain, I am pain free. See me smile. Tx Dr. Dellon. A.F.

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I can really bang out a rhythm again Dr Dellon now that you fixed my hurt nerve and I can sit on this little seat again.
thanks. Your results can’t be “beat"!
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LEE HAWKS Testimonial

I am a 65 year old retired Captain, career naval officer (SEE PHOTOS of THE A-6 INTRUDER, in which I had more than 4000 flight hours and 1000 carrier landings) and am writing this testimonial to share my experience as a “long- suffering chronic pain sufferer” which thankfully ended after two surgeries by Dr. A. Lee Dellon.

My journey began just prior to my retirement from the US Navy in 2004 when I was informed during my retirement physical that I had an inguinal hernia which required immediate repair. The laparoscopic surgery took place at an outstanding Midwest university hospital by the hospital’s most qualified surgeon.

My recovery from surgery was surprisingly slow — much longer than I expected.  I remember signing a disclaimer prior to surgery that mentioned "that roughly 10% of all hernia repairs result in long-term complications” — but I didn’t give it much thought.

Fast forward about 5 years.  Although seemingly recovered from the surgery, I still had occasional short duration “pulses of pain”  in my right groin that were unexplained (and very troubling since these pain pulses would occur randomly).  Due to the amount of time that had passed, I did not consider the possibility that my discomfort was in any way related to the prior hernia surgery. This pattern continued until one day about 3 years ago when, in a big box hardware store, I inexplicably found myself lying on the floor from the worst pain I had every felt which literally brought me to my knees. Little did I know that this was the beginning of almost two years of debilitating right-side groin pain. This condition began to wear on my mental health.

My primary care doctor referred me to a local surgeon who immediately had me undergo a CT scan of that area which revealed “a minefield” of metal clips that were used in the hernia repair.  It was the judgment of this local surgeon that I was experiencing nerve pain in some fashion from this prior hernia surgery.  His view was that the most likely culprit was either nerve entrapment or nerve(s) in direct contact with these metal clips, or both.

It was mutually agreed to start treating this with a series of steroid shots.  These shots did provide some short term relief but did nothing to solve the root problem. At this point I was getting desperate and began “trolling” for a possible surgical solution.  After several years of enduring this pain, I had pretty much shut down.  No golf, no real family life.  Just myself in my own little world of pain with no clear way forward.  I had reconciled my mind to the fact that resuming all the things I loved might be out of reach.

This is when I literally stumbled upon the “Dellon Institute" website and Dr. A. Lee Dellon.  I read chapter 4 in his book about groin pain syndrome and couldn’t believe it — everything about this condition fit me to a “T”.  Almost on a whim, I emailed him describing myself, my situation and at the end of the email, a plea for help. I was shocked that within minutes, he responded.  I mentioned in my email that I was a retired Navy fighter pilot and to my amazement, he said his father-in-law was a retired navy pilot also so the connection was made — pure and simple.  (Note:  I thought it might also be fate because we shared the same first name.)  I   immediately coordinated an office visit (about a 4 hour drive for us).  After an examination it was his medical opinion that I was indeed suffering from nerve entrapment and so surgery was scheduled for about 4 weeks later.

This surgery though, didn’t end my journey.  After 6-8 weeks, I still was uncomfortable and so Dr. Dellon had me come up for another consultation. He  determined that there was still a lingering neuroma, or “hot-spot," that he deemed “fixable" with a second surgery.  So, four months to the day after the first surgery, he operated again.  This time was very different though.  Instead of another nerve resection, this surgery was “other worldly”. After putting me to sleep, he made an incision in the area of said “hot-spot," brought me out of the anesthesia, and then began a series of pokes/prods until I confirmed the exact location of the pain.  He then put me back to sleep and removed a metal staple (from the previous hernia repair) and a small piece of mesh (same hernia repair) where a nerve was clearly entrapped.

The recovery from this second surgery was slow — there is no getting around that.  As the patient, I would characterize this procedure as very invasive.  But based upon Dr. Dellon’s recommendation, I began walking in the swimming pool about 4 weeks later.  This hardly seemed like the answer, but I hung in there — even on days when I still felt lousy.  However, after about a month or so of that, I finally said to myself “the hell with it, I’m going to try and swim a lap or two.” Now here is where this gets interesting.  After a couple months of this walking/swimming routine, I woke up one morning and for the first time in years, I didn’t feel anything resembling pain.  Couldn’t believe it — couldn’t really process it.

Fast forward again to present day.  I resumed playing golf last June (SEE PHOTO) and have continued swimming as my primary source of aerobic exercise.  I’m hooked.  I now swim 4-5 times/week for 30-45 minutes at a time.  Feels great.

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I realize that everyone is different when it comes to dealing with pain but for myself,  I was completed terrified of becoming a long-term pain management case.  Those “dark years” are now in my rear view mirror and thanks to Dr. Dellon (and a strong belief in the power of prayer), I am back to being the person that my family remembers before this journey began.  

In sum, I am reminded daily how many people are suffering from various maladies well beyond the magnitude which I have described here.  That said, I think it is important for those with this problem to know that there is a solution.  

I realize that everyone is different when it comes to dealing with pain but for myself,  I was completed terrified of becoming a long-term pain management case.  Those “dark years” are now in my rear view mirror and thanks to Dr. Dellon (and a strong belief in the power of prayer), I am back to being the person that my family remembers before this journey began.

In sum, I am reminded daily how many people are suffering from various maladies well beyond the magnitude which I have described here.  That said, I think it is important for those with this problem to know that there is a solution.

I am 94 & was in wheelchair; but now walk & feel young again. You removed my groin and thigh pain by removing those bad nerves. I am ready to go with my children. Tx Dr D. SC

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Back at work. Groin pain gone after you removed ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerves. Thanks Dr Dellon.
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Now 5 years since you relieved my groin pain from ilioinguinal nerve and a groin pull. Here I am, Times Square when my company was present to open the stock market, ring the bell, on Wall Street. Thanks Dr D for this great long-term result. MH

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Steve L. & wife Peggy create Sushi Feast at their home to thank Dr Dellon & wife Luiann: It is 15 years without groin pain!

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Watch me do cross fit now that you fixed that injured nerve in my abdominal wall. Also, here I am now diving in competition. Jackie.

 


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 Bob was never the same after his vasectomy. They even removed his testicle to control his pain. But it was not till you removed the genitofemoral nerve that I got my husband back. Now he plays frisky, hikes with the kids, and he and i go the museum and racetrack. Please let other people know there is hope for them too.

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Here she is. Just 15 months after your fixed my groin pull pain, able to give birth to my new daughter. Tx Dr. Dellon.   KL from WA

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Action! Pregnant me due Dec 13 2013. Playing volley ball 1 year after Groin Pull surgery. Tx Dr Dellon

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Tx so much. CB in LV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Father's Day: Me walking with my Dad. My boys at a campfire with me. Remarkable. I have been a wheelchair with groin (testicular) pain, worsening for three years. I thank your Father (and your Mother) for the surgery you did for me.

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Ashley graduates high school and starts college in the Fall. Her groin pain is gone. She has done fantastic and enjoys things she could not do before your surgery Dr Dellon. (Her Mom)

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Ashley graduates high school and starts college in the Fall. Her groin pain is gone. She has done fantastic and enjoys things she could not do before your surgery Dr Dellon.  (Her Mom)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Dellon, look I am playing volleyball in a league again. No more groin pain. Thanks so much. Surgery 10 months ago, KL

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Buck-Beckie at Grand Canyon 3-2013For 4 long years ago an auto accident changed my life with a groin injury. My dear husband, family, friends, and church family watched as my glow subsided and my smile was replaced with a forced one, my energy replaced with pain, with a weak lie "I'm doing OK"...

Since my surgery with you Dr Dellon, date on 12/12/12, my answer, in body and spirit, is "I am a new woman", when anyone asks...the answer comes from deep in my soul and I wear as a genuine smile on my glowing face....

I just told my Pastor that I didn't think there is enough paper in my house to write the blessings I have already experienced since you operated on me....everyday, and that is NOT an exaggeration, I stop and thank God, for your gifted knowledge and skilled hands...my body along with my burdened spirit has been restored....thank you, thank you, thank you!

I have sent some pictures of me enjoying my new life...(just a SMALL sample) Easter with my family. (picking up and holding my grandchildren...pain free!) Playing backyard baseball with my grandchildren....chasing and running the basses. Playing in the tree fort (that Grandpa built) with my grandchildren, Janzen and Kallista. Riding 4 hours in the car (to and from Seattle), to watch (another 3-4 hours) my Seattle Mariner's baseball team beat the Texas Rangers! Girls night out! ) A 14 day motorhome vacation (that included a flight to Houston, TX to pick up the motorhome...then driving to Bellingham,WA) RB

I am still pool walking/swimming and have started to exercise. (Need to loose 12 lbs I put on between surgery recovery, Christmas, and a delightful motorhome vacation ;D ....the blessing is...I CAN!)

This Dr. Dellon...is my 'nutshell' of how I am doing...such a SMALL sample...

Grateful and restored

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This patient is 3 months out from decompression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve at the lateral thigh for a nerve compression here causing pain, numbness, and burning down the lateral thigh to the knee (meralgia paresthetica).  She has had an incredible response to surgery dropping her pain levels from a 9 to 1 on her pain scale. 

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This patient is 3 months from groin denervation.  She suffered for 4 years of chronic pain in the groin and lateral thigh after a hysterectomy.  We removed the RIGHT ilioinguinal, iliohypogastric, genitofemoral, and lateral femoral cutaneous nerve.  None of these nerves affect sexual function.  They all traveled to the skin and provide sensation to a portion of the groin and lateral thigh.  Several nerves were caught in scar tissue from this operation that caused severe pain and disability.  She is now completely off her narcotic medications, and her pain levels have improved from an 8 to 0-1.  Proof that sometimes it is okay to lose your nerve.

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It is a year and a half since you operated on me for both groin pain and pudendal nerve pain. I had an awesome past weekend with my husband and girls at Dorney Park Amusement, which is a huge amusement park around here with tons of ridiculous rollercoasters that I would have never gotten on prior to surgery. I am also in my second season of co-ed competitive softball with my husband once a week since April. I would never be where I am without your help and successful surgeries.

 


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I hope all is well with you. As always, when my degree was conferred my family and I thought of you. I know I could never be walking the halls of the hospital without the amazing gift you gave me. I will forever and always be grateful for the life you returned to me; without that my opportunities were limited and my dreams were unreachable. Thank you is truly not enough.

Teresa R, PsyD


 SAM 2803 3 800x600Three months pregnant with my second child and a month after my daughter began walking, I stopped. I was diagnosed with a torn groin (adductor) and told that it would heal with rest and rehab. Throughout the next 12 months I was in a wheelchair or on crutches. I consulted with 6 Obstetricians, 4 Orthopedic Surgeons, and 1 PM&R Specialist who all called my injury an anomaly and did not know what to do. When I was referred to Dr. Dellon, I was hopeless and desperate to walk again. I had never been able to carry my new baby without a wheelchair. Dr. Dellon immediately knew how to help me after my initial consult and recommended surgery. I walked out of the surgery center with no more groin pain only pain from the incision sites. Three months later, I am able to carry both of my children, get on the floor and play with them, walk to the park, and be intimate with my husband again. Thank you for giving me my life back! You are a miracle worker.

Kate L

Dear Dr. Dellon-

For a year I felt like a single parent because of my wife's injury. It was so hard to try to take care of the kids, the house, my wife and work. Thank you for giving me back my wife and partner. Our lives are back in balance and a weight has been lifted off my chest. Words cannot express my gratitude to you!

Thanks again,
Matt L

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Senior Ashleigh S. is a "bright spot" in her high school's volleyball victory. Ashleigh, shown jumping to spike the ball, has been "incredible" as she returns to play after peripheral nerve surgery by Dr Dellon. Dr Dellon made the diagnosis of injured nerves in the thigh and groin area that had disabled Ashleigh for the previous 8 months.


 

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It's been four months since my surgery for the GROIN PULL.


It is now 3 years since my injury when I fell running Cross Country in High School. I'm pain free and I feel like a new person. I have been working a lot at our local farmstand where I am constantly on my feet and moving around. I just recently started running and working out a little. Leaving for college in September and I can't thank you enough for fixing me and giving me my active life back!! My parents thank you too! Here are some photos from last month.


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Am back running and biking again after three years of pain caused by falling down a hill during high school cross-country run in the rain. Dr Dellon you figured out it was a groin pull and stretched nerve, and fixed both. I am off to college now. Thanks for giving me my life back. KR, Washington

 

 


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Here I am out for a run and out for dinner with my family. Two & a half years Dr Dellon since you rid me of that groin pain related to a groin pull and injured groin nerves. My wife, Nurse Practioner Kathy, says "thanks"
too. Mike, Wilkes Barre , PA


 

My ten years of groin and testicle pain are finally gone. Smiling, Dr Dellon, after your surgery relieved my pain.
Bill H.


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Kristen goes to the prom. Grandparents & parents "feel like 50 pounds are off our shoulders" with Kristen happy and smiling. Pain is completely gone after 3 years of groin pain from fall while running cross-country at age 16. Her groin pull and femoral nerve palsy were corrected by Dr Dellon with surgery.


I was injured running cross country two years ago. Doctors did not know what caused my pain and fused my back, removed my appendix and part of my ovary. Dr Dellon figured it out. It was a groin pull and a femoral nerve palsy. I am ready to dance and go shopping again!!


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Thanks Dr Dellon. TR

I "escaped from Alcatraz" (swam from the Alcatraz island in San Francisco bay to the shore) thanks to you, Dr Dellon. It is 7 years since you did the surgery for my groin pain. You will remember I got the hernia doing competitive swimming in high school. Now I have completed my masters degree in Community Mental Health Counseling, and coach and swim for a Masters Swim Team. Am now working on my PhD.

Teresa Rosetti

 


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Swam the Waikiki 2.5 mile race. No more groin pain. Your surgery fixed my groin pull pain.


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This patient had 5 years of severe right sided hip and groin pain. He is 6 weeks from the resection of the right ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerves and decompression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. He has had a very good response to this procedure, and we have successfully ended his 5 years of pain. He and his wife are both happy.

 


 Surgery by Dr. Eric Williams

Patient is 3.5 months from denervation of the right groin by removing the ilioinguinal, iliohypogastric, and genitofemoral nerve. This patient had an inguinal hernia repair and unfortunately has terrible groin and testicular pain following the otherwise successful repair. Wearing clothing was painful and intimacy with his wife nearly impossible. He is now much happier, with near complete resolution of his groin and testicular pain.

 


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Young lady with bilateral chronic groin pain for over one year. She is 3.5 months after groin denervation with resection of the ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerve on both sides. She is now completely off her medications, back to school and smiling.

                             

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Young man 3.5 months after removal of nerves to the groin for chronic pain after hernia repair. He had pain for over one year in the groin and genitals.

                               

Heather is smiling day after her groin pain surgery. Her previous 4 years of pain will soon just be a memory. Had her ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerves removed yesterday by Dr Dellon.

 
                  

 
  

It's been 8 months today since my groin surgery and I want to thank you for taking away my pain. I am now able to enjoy each day without doubling over and falling on the floor with jabbing knife pains in my groin.  In fact I no longer have any pain.  Your work is amazing and we tell anyone that we think you can help about you, and then some. Here are my wife and I on vacation, and here is a picture of me back at work on our apartments in Lake Tahoe. Thank you Dr Dellon. Frank and Carol Y.




State trooper returns to work, able to wear gun belt again after injured nerve at hip is removed by Dr Tim Tollestrup and Dr Lee Dellon. Twelve years of pain was caused by falling upon the pistol in its holster which injured the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, resulting in thigh pain.

 


 
     

I am having fun again riding my bike with my friends and daughter thanks to you Dr Dellon. At age 84, and having my knee replaced twice but being left with severe pain, I had given up on life. Now 3 months after you removed those painful nerves from my knee, I enjoy my life again. Thanks so much. John, Pa.




No more groin pain as Katie and Lewis Sharp go out in their home town in Alabama. Lewis turns 84 today Thanks Dr Dellon for that great surgery, helping me to continue to enjoy life with my wife.

 


 




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A father is able to play golf with his son again. After a disabling, basketball-related, groin pull injury, he was side-lined from playing golf. Here he is seen playing 18 holes of golf again, and doing it with his son, after surgery by Dr A Lee Dellon released his contracted adductor muscles and denervated the painful periosteal pain signal coming from the muscle's origin at the pubic bone.

 
Dear Dr. Dellon,

Thank you for relieving my severe pain and helping me walk again.  A basketball injury from 4 years ago caused my progressive right hip pain. This chronic pain worsened to the point that I could not lift my leg out of the car, climb stairs or get on and off a bed or couch. All my life I played sports and in my adult years continued with a daily exercise routine until the pain crippled me. Since having surgery by you, I am able to golf 18 holes again and participate in a daily exercise program. I am grateful to be painfree and have this quality of life again.

Michael

                              



 


Dr Dellon, it is now 8 months since your last operation on me to help with my buttock pain. As you can see from this photo, I am now able to squat to garden. Whereas I was unable to sit for more than 8 minutes for the previous 4 years, despite three previous surgeries. I can now sit for about 35 minutes. My running is almost back to the marathon level. Thank you so much.

Kim Layman, Nantucket, Massachusetts

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Dr. Dellon-

I hope all is well with you. I wanted to write you since it has been almost a year since you operated on me and give you an update. I am
doing and feeling great! Thanks to you. After my hernia repair, my abdominal and hip pain was so severe I couldn't hold a job or even do normal household chores. I had three years of pain until finally I was referred to you. Any activity at all would cause a shooting aching pain through my abdomen and hip and it would radiate down my leg and into my lower back. The first surgery you did relieved me of a majority of my pain and allowed me to quit all the drug prescriptions I was then taking. The second nerve surgery on my hip you did completely relieved me of all my pain. Now I am living a normal life, as opposed to being bed ridden and weighing less than 100 lbs.

I currently have a job at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine-Phoenix as an administrative assistant for a fellowship program. It is really nice to have a job and to not call in sick. I also have been able to participate in any physical activity I like without pain. I have attached a photo of me wakeboarding, which is something I love to do but used to have to sit in the boat and just watch.

Words cannot describe how grateful I am that I was able to be in your care. Thanks again for everything. Your talent and knowledge have really blessed my life along with many others.

Sincerely-

Laura Olson


Dr. Dellon,

There is no way that I can thank you enough for giving me my life back. Although I know I will never be a competitive swimmer again because of you I am able to pass my gift onto others. I am currently coaching under my childhood coach for the swim team I swam on for a great deal of my life. As if coaching weren’t enough, I was able to teach my young niece how to swim. Seeing that she was born the day after one of my surgeries with you, I truly see her as a gift. You see her in the photo in the pool with me. Every time I carry her to the pool I think how sad it would if I was unable to pass my gift and passion for swimming to her.

After my life had changed from the intense physical activity of a Division I swimmer to a feeble and pained eighteen year old college freshman unable to walk I thought that my life would never be the same again; I thought that I would never be happy again. It turned out that my original pain was from a groin hernia. But when that was repaired I had a new pain that would just not go away. Upon seeking out any fragment of help we could from over fifty physicians and coming out empty handed my family and I were truly at a loss. My pain management physician had me going down that never-ending drug trail.  

Although, I realized my life would never be the same again I simply wanted to be able to live the life of an average eighteen year old. The hundreds of desperate attempts through cortisone injections, radiofrequency treatments and phenol injections only increased the pain leaving us more discouraged than ever. I had returned to school after having taken the second half of my freshman year off. I had been unable to focus on the few days that I could even make it to class The life I was living was so foreign to me and I needed a change.

The first time I met with you I was taking an absurd amount of narcotics. You identified that my pain was coming from nerves stuck in my hernia repair. You removed those damaged nerves, and also lengthened a torn groin muscle tendon that was injured during swimming. Your surgery has truly given me life back.

I had to drop out of College, but after your surgery, I was able to stop my drugs and complete College. As I walked across stage at graduation (see the photo) with all of my original classmates I looked up at my family and knew they were thinking the same thing, this is a miracle. Now that I am completing my second semester of graduate school I am absolutely amazed at the life I thought I was going to have compared to what I do have.

The joy of swimming is important to me, but the joy of my being able to live my life is certainly even more important. Your expertise is the reason that I walked across that stage, that I am able to take my niece into the water, that I am able to coach and that I am able to continue my studies.

My family and I are so grateful for what you have given us and we can not ever thank you enough.

Thank you!
Teresa Rosetti

Anonymous, from Northern Virginia April 2006

Dr. Dellon,

My groin surgery was eight months ago today. I wanted to send you a progress report feel that I have made great progress. You remember that I had 11 operations in 16 months before your help.

First, the measurable progress:

• I am no longer in constant, excruciating pain.
• I am no longer on enough narcotics for ten junkies. My last dose of narcotic medication was October 3, 2004.
• I do not have an implanted electronic stimulation device.
• I have no open surgical wounds or infections.
• Since you untangled my nerves, I have regained all sexual function. I had lost at least 85% before surgery.
• I have regained a great deal of my concentration, memory, and the ability to do complex mathematical and financial computations. The combination of multiple surgeries, anesthesia, and pain medications had limited most of these functions, along with the ability to write creatively.

On most days I am able to:
• Drive a few miles around town.
• Run short errands to the store, post office, library, and bank.
• Eat lunch with a friend.
• Tutor a high school student in math and science.
• On really good days I can walk around the block.

I am so much better than I was the day that I first walked into your office. Thank you for all that you have done to make my life more liveable.


Susan Smiley, Dublin, Ohio, June 2005

Dear Dr Dellon:

Just a note to let you know I'm doing much better since having the pelvic nerve resections (June 2004 and Sept. 2004).  The pelvic pain has gone away.  No longer do I have the aggravating pelvic pain that I've had to live with for 6 years.  After having the right side done in June, I then suffered the remainder of the summer with left sided pelvic pain until having the surgery in September.  Now, I have a depp sensation on either side more like a pressure sensation maybe numbness - but it is so much better than the intolerable nerve pain.  You really have given me my life back.

I'm so gratefl to you for all your help.  I just thank God that I was able to find you - I was given no hope for significant relief of my pain.  Thank you for your research in nerve surgery and your interest in educating physicians in this topic.  It is certainly very much needed.

Let me know if you have a foundation for future contributions to nerve research, or have a medical organization that needs contributions.  I would like to help in any way that I can.

Thanks you so much!
Susan Smiley


Steven Lisberger, Santa Monica, CA, March 2005

I had a laprascopic hernia repair that fixed my hernia but left me with permanent nerve damage. The chronic pain left me completely disabled for years.  I needed medication to make it through the day.  After two unsuccessful exploratory surgeries by other surgeons I found Dr. Dellon.  There is no better way to say it - Dr. Dellon gave me my life back.

Not only had the original surgery left me in chronic pain but the problem seemed impossible to diagnosis and repair.  Before Dr. Dellon, I had 2 MRIs, numberous nerve blocks, countless visits to neurologists, hernia specialists, and neurosurgeons in Los Angeles and New York, and the problem seemed to be beyond the reach of all of them.  I had lost all faith in modern medicine.  I was warned that any nerve surgery would only increase my existing pain, or worse, might leave me with phantom pain, and that I would have to be on pain medication the rest of my life.  I was told by numerous doctors and surgeons that no one would ever really know what went wrong.  My prognosis couldn't have been worse.  It was the most trying time of my life.  It was all too clear to me that most surgeons prefer cookie cutter operations and once one is no longer "normal" they would just as soon avoid you and your problem, even if they created it.

Dr. Dellon was the exact opposite.  He was confident, extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and more than ready to take on the "basket case" I was.  At first one asks oneself why he is so different than the others?  The answer is what I hoped it was.  He gets an enormous amount of satisfaction from pitting his exceptional surgical abilities and intellect against very difficult and unique surgical problems that are beyond the capabilities of average surgeons.

When he operated on me, after those years of excruciating pain I barely dared to hope for a positive outcome.  He had a difficult time getting my confidence up.  It is now over five years since his surgery and I am pain free.  He located the source of my pain, an errant surgical tack and he cut two of my groin nerves just like he said he would.  I had immediate relief.  In my case, and he said this would occur, I had some intermittent aches and pains over the next two years or so, as my nerves healed, numbness abated, and my mind struggled to get used to not having constant pain.  I must admit during this time I was scared more than once that these pains might be the return of my problem but he said it wasn't and again he was right.  Looking back on that time I realize it was all part of the recovery process not just for my body but for my mind as well.  These days I ski, chop wood, body surf, and do anything a fifty something person can do.  I am not sure if my faith in modern medicine is restored but my faith in Dr. Dellon makes up for it.



  




I am a 83 year old man.

Dr  Dellon operated on me May 10, 2010. I had a trapped nerve under the mesh that the Dr. used  to repair the hernia. I have had problems all these years. The pain finally got so bad it was wrecking my life.  I live in big city and no doctor could do anything for me.  I found Dr. Dellon on his web site. It was like a gift of God. He is a very gifted man, Dr. Dellon and his wife was very helpful in making arrangements on their end of the trip as I live 800 miles from Baltimore. I am free of the awful pain I was experiencing and I will always be grateful to Dr. Dellon for relieving my pain.
 

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