The two images below are of some abdominal fat that was protruding through the bi-lateral, inguinal hernias in my fascia. (In the images, the fat appears white in color (it's actually yellow) and is being held in the surgeon's tools. The transparent balloon-like membrane is the peritoneum.)
In the image below you can make out one of the tears in the fascia connective tissue, which is supposed to separate my intestines from my abdominal muscles.
My two hernias were repaired with a couple of flexible mesh patches, shown below. The mesh is made of flexible plastic much like nylon fishing line, and is held in place with titanium staples. Eventually, scar tissue will surround and cover the mesh, making the patch even stronger.
Thanks for the pics and and your superb work on my guts, Dr. Garvey Choi! Thanks, also, for the quick turn-around! I am excited and appreciative to have these hernias repaired with enough time for me to get back in shape for my thru-hike attempt of the Appalachian Trail. You are a surgical rock-star!