After being diagnosed with cancer in 2007 I was sent for scans which revealed I had a grapefruit sized growth behind my spine. The growth was shown not to be cancerous, however, I was advised to have it removed as it could become malignant at a later stage. Six months after recovering from my cancer treatment I went into hospital to have the growth removed. The doctors had told me they would deal with the growth via key hole surgery and make a small incision via my stomach which would only leave a small scar.
As I lay in the prep room waiting to go in for my operation there was a 40 minute delay due to a complication with the patient in theatre before me. The wait was unnerving enough but was made worse when a nurse came in to discuss the possible colostomy bag that I might need after surgery. I hadn't been told that this may be a consequence of the surgery until that point.
When I awoke from the operation some 7 hours later I was shocked to find a huge incision had been made from just above my belly button which went all the way down to my groin. The operation had taken longer than expected as there had been complications with the surgery. I also had a temporary drainage tube out the side of my stomach which at first I thought was a colostomy bag.
The doctors were not sure what the growth was and told me it had burst whilst they were removing it. A silver toothpaste like liquid had come out of the grapefruit sized growth so I joked about it being an alien egg.
I was in hospital for a week recovering, I hadn't been stitched together, instead I had been glued together; a technique first used on soldiers in the Vietnam war. The incision & glue had started coming apart and a hole appeared which looked like a second belly button. I was quite concerned about the hole which had appeared as I could see into my stomach but I was assured it would heal itself.
After analysis on the growth the doctors relieved my 'alien egg' was a 'Tailgut cyst'.