ROAD TO RECOVERY: Kingaroy resident Kevin Soper is looking forward to doing everyday activities like going for walks again once he has recovered from complicated hernia surgery.
ROAD TO RECOVERY: Kingaroy resident Kevin Soper is looking forward to doing everyday activities like going for walks again once he has recovered from complicated hernia surgery. Contributed

Complex surgery returns quality of life to Kingaroy man

KEVIN Soper could not have predicted an overly-enthusiastic dog jumping up on him would result in a complex four-hour long surgery.

This has been the reality for the Kingaroy resident after the dog jumped up on him in 2015, puncturing his bowel with its paw and resulting in a colostomy.

Since then, complications from three previous surgeries including scar tissue and abdominal wall issues meant his latest surgery wasn't a routine case.

Mr Soper is in recovery now and hoping to get some quality of life back thanks to the skill of two surgeons who performed complex hernia repair and gallbladder removal surgery last week.

Toowoomba Hospital surgeon Dr Neil Wylie was joined by Princess Alexandra Hospital hepatobiliary specialist Dr Kellee Slater who travelled to Toowoomba specifically to operate on Mr Soper in a four-hour session.

Dr Kellee Slater and Dr Neil Wylie performed complex hernia repair surgery at Toowoomba Hospital last week.
Dr Kellee Slater and Dr Neil Wylie performed complex hernia repair surgery at Toowoomba Hospital last week. Contributed

"I was most appreciative of Dr Wylie and Dr Slater performing my surgery,” Mr Soper said.

"Dr Wylie's a good bloke, he has that caring ability, and the nurses here at Toowoomba Hospital have been very good.”

Mr Soper said the multiple hernias had felt like he had a bag of concrete sitting around his waist.

"It feels much better knowing they're no longer there, it makes the suffering in my recovery worthwhile.”

Mr Soper, who previously enjoyed fitness activities like going to the gym and walking, is hoping to return to some of his favourite pastimes.

"I am looking forward to getting around and living a normal life again,” he said.