Here is the account of the actual experience, written two days later on my old LiveJournal account. I'm not celebrating the event with the same intensity as when Samuel Pepys (a hero to all diarists) celebrated being "cut for the stone". His procedure, removing stones from his urinary bladder, was in 1657 with no anesthesia and no sterile equipment. (Pepys ended up sterile because of the operation, but the instruments most definitely were not.)
A year later, I have to look to find the scars. Had I undergone the procedure about 40 years ago, I would have recovered in the hospital for about a week afterwards, and I would have borne a very visible scar for the rest of my life.