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Hernia Recovery Experience?(5 posts)

Hernia Recovery Experience?davee
Jan 12, 2002 9:04 AM
I had an umbilical (belly button) hernia repaired last week. Discomfort from the hernia had severely limited my riding for the last three months, so I am looking forward to recovery and getting back on my bike. I got three opinions before surgery, and all three surgeons recommended the old fashioned "cut it open and stitch it up" approach, as opposed to minimally invasive laproscopic surgery or mesh reinforcement.

One doctor recommended a minimum of 3 months off the bicycle post surgery. The Doctor who did the surgery suggested a minimum of 6 weeks, but seemed to imply it would be even longer before I really was up to much riding. I am a 52 year old recreational rider, and used to do a couple of short rides a week and one 25 to 60 mile ride on the weekend, so it's not like I intend to train for competition or anything.

Has anyone had experience with recovery from this type of surgery? Believe me, the last thing I want to do overdo it and have to be operated on again.

Thanks
Davee
re: Hernia Recovery Experience?Tiger
Jan 12, 2002 9:38 AM
There must be a certain reason why they all recommended the "cut it open" method. I had the laproscopic surgery and within a week I was playing sports and doing my normal routine. It seems to have done well for me, but your situation might be different. I have also had the "cut it open" method as well, and it was 6 weeks before I could do any physical activity, and that was 20 years ago when I was in high school.
re: Hernia Recovery Experience?troome
Jan 12, 2002 12:17 PM
i was born with a minor one same as yours,they said no action was needed.it wasnt until my 20's my dr.recomended a fix.cut and stich,went great,about a month after the sugery i eased into cycling and general athletics.all was fine,it wasnt until about a year later that i was lying in bed and i was stretching before i got up.guess what i did,i tore it again!now its 15 or so years later and it doesnt bother me,it didnt bother me before the surgery either.my doctor had recomended it. fyi..
My surgery, on 12/26/01, was the mesh kind, and I wentbill
Jan 13, 2002 9:29 AM
out for forty miles yesterday. Not too bad (the surgical site was the least of my troubles).
But that's not your situation. Just for comparison.
Hernia Recovery: 4 - 6 weeksjagiger
Jan 13, 2002 9:55 AM
I had the "cut & stitch" operation at 45 for a hernia in the groin area. The doc recommended this as being more reliable & less likely to require a return visit to the table. I had mine on 12/17 & I had a job interview on 1/6. At that point, walking was slow & took some effort. By the 3rd week in January I started running slowly(I wasn't biking at the time). I was amazed at how much strength you loose by the operation & lay off. The cut & stitch is a invasive procedure to be sure.

I'd recommend easing into biking. A trainer would be a good way to do this. Check how you feel, don't push too much & build strength as you go. The recovery also depends on how fit you were before the surgery. Fitness helps speed the recovery.

Good luck for a speedy return.