For those keeping score at home, my visit with the surgeon happened earlier this week.
The first puzzle of the appointment occurred when I asserted that I am allergic, or otherwise opposed, to pain medication.
The doctor seemed quite concerned, and suggested various options as I stared quizzically before halting the debate with the comment "Really, it will be fine. This stuff isn't what i would call 'pain.' I've had worse. It won't bother me."