I measured my incision. The one that was made for my hernia surgery. Before the surgery, I had expected there would be an incision perhaps one inch or one-and-a-half inches long (that's approximately 2.5 to 3.8 cm). As a matter of fact, many people who had previously had hernia surgery held up their fingers to show me how long their incisions were. They all indicated that approximate length.
But my incision seemed to be a hell of a lot longer than one inch. It's being held together by ten decent-sized staples.
Today, while changing the dressing, I measured. (Don't worry. No photos of that.)
The result? My incision is exactly three inches long (7.6 cm). And that would be nine inches in many another man's estimate... if you catch my drift.
Just so you know, I'm suffering from cabin fever and I plan to get downstairs for coffee Monday morning. "Time to come out in the air."