In two days my husband will finally have his abdominal reconstruction and he will be benefiting from some of those 'spare parts'. One of the surgeons is a muscle specialist and she is going to release some of his oblique muscles from up under his ribcage where it turns out that they are not all that needed and those obliques will be used to reinforce his abdominal muscles. This makes it so he can avoid having a large piece of synthetic mesh installed which would likely be felt too much for comfort and stand a good chance of irritation or infection. Instead he will get a nice smooth bio mesh that is grown in the lab from pig cells. Have I ever mentioned that my husband collected pig items as a kid??? Yeah, the irony is not lost on me!
I myself have had a little work done with an extra body part. When I was a kid I had so many ear infections that I had 5 different sets of tubes put in my ears over the course of a few years. The tubes turned out to be a total failure for me. I was found to be losing my hearing as a result of the holes from the tubes never healing over as they naturally should have and my eardrums becoming hardened and unable to vibrate properly. Because of this, I was one of the first kids to have an experimental ear drum surgery done when I was 8 years old. It was first done in only one ear so the doctors could leave me with an option for later if it didn't work. The process involved reusing an 'extra' membrane that is hidden inside the little flap that you press on when you use your fingers to plug your ears like this:
My husband and I are looking forward to results that are just as extraordinary for him!
Had any amazing experiences with 'spare parts' yourself?!