I feel you brother. After being injured, for six months (on and off) I tried to rest the injury.. When nothing helped, I played soccer through the pain at 50-75% which was too frustrating to put in words.
I can't be a complete UM advocate yet, but I'd advise against using proximity to determine your surgeon. What I can say for UM 2 days post op is I can lift my left leg for the first time in almost a year w/o that annoying dull pain in my lower abs/testicles and unless I regress, I'm guessing I'll be pain free from surgery w/in a week or two. As for cost, unless your insurance company is taking care of it, UM is the best bet in town by about 50% after reading other posts on this forum. This is after I've factored in meds, residence stay, incidentals and airfare (I kicked out about $7500 all in all).
We all have to do what's best and ultimately reasonable for us based upon our own unique medical/financial situation and what we are comfortable with. Good luck w/ your surgery and recovery. Looking forward to hearing all about it.
No tubes inserted for this op. Local anesthesia (3 shots in lower abs) and then a shot of valium (I think) via IV to knock you out. I was out for the duration of the surgery and when I woke the procedure was complete. I was woozy for about an hour and after that I was completely lucid. UM's website states local anesthetic only, but quite honestly I was glad to be put under. Needles aren't my favorite, but knives.. naaaaaaaaaaaaaa.. There was no need for me to actually observe Dr. UM sewing up my stomach.
My only lack of comfort at this point is the numbness in my lower left ab.. Part of my nerve was removed and I was advised this is par for the course, but it does feel strange..