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anyone here had a hernia?(12 posts)

anyone here had a hernia?Brent
Feb 1, 2002 5:25 PM
I just found out that I have to have surgery to repair a hernia (the kind where it goes down into your sack). How bad is it? How many days of work should I expect to miss? When can I ride? When can I lift? I'm getting married March 5, will I be fully recovered by then?
re: anyone here had a hernia?Kurt VF
Feb 1, 2002 6:33 PM
Had an umbilical hernia fixed. Missed zero days of work. I've fixed several hundred inguinal hernias, and how much work you will miss depends on the type of work you do and your pain threshold . Don't sweat any of it. It is simple surgery (We call them "intern cases")
What's the difference?Brent
Feb 1, 2002 6:49 PM
Umbilical or inguinal? Which do I have?
What's the difference?Kurt VF
Feb 2, 2002 5:30 AM
Sounds like an inguinal from your description. The inguinal canal is the pathway from your abdomen into your scrotum. An umbilical hernia is a hernia at the belly button.
Hernia Recoveryjagiger
Feb 2, 2002 4:01 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 than the ortho. 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). If you're having it soon, I'd imagine that you should be on your way by the time the wedding rolls around.

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 lifting can wait until you're ready and you'll know whether you feel up to it. The recovery also depends on your age & how fit you were before the surgery. You mend quicker if you are young & fit.

Good luck for a speedy recovery
re: anyone here had a hernia?merlinguy
Feb 2, 2002 6:41 AM
Mine were inguinal as well. You'll do fine.
re: anyone here had a hernia?merlinguy
Feb 2, 2002 6:47 AM
12 years ago I had laproscopic surgery to repair hernias. Mine were on both sides. It was emergency surgery b/c both sides hemmoraged(sp?) simultaneously. I was out of the hospital in 24 hrs. VERY sore for a couple of days. Didn't need any pain meds -just Tylenol. Was playing basketball and cycling within 8 days of procedure. Have had no problems since. The old cut and stitch method seems to have a much longer recovery time and is more painful. My dad went thru that shortly before I had mine. Avoid that if you can. Good luck
re: anyone here had a hernia?bornin1964
Feb 2, 2002 9:37 AM
I had an inguinal at 32 - got the cut and stitch with mesh and was down for 3 days, back to normal at 3 months. Good Luck and take things at their own pace.
I think I have one now....rtolle
Feb 2, 2002 12:42 PM
According to what the doctor told me yesterday, I have one now...off to see the surgeon next. I guess I've had it for about a year. It hasn't bothered me yet so I'm gonna keep on riding until its time to get it fixed. Hopefully a couple of months or so...if I'm lucky.
17 years agoSteve98501
Feb 2, 2002 5:06 PM
My repair was done the cut and staple method. I was off work 3 weeks, and didn't undertake any strenuous physical activity for about 3 months. The newer method that Kurt mentions is a lot less invasive, and I've talked to a couple guys that are back riding and working out in 2 or 3 weeks. The upshot is that you must get it repaired if you want the peace of mind and to maintain a physically active lifestyle. So whether you're out of action for 3 days, 3 weeks, or 3 months is mainly relative to how nuts you go when you can't do what you want. Good luck.
Had one on 12/26/01. The first week was worse than I hadbill
Feb 4, 2002 8:29 AM
anticipated; after that first week - ten days, things got a LOT better.
I started riding rollers I guess within about two weeks and riding outside (which I've only done a couple of times since because of the weather and other stuff) in just a little over two weeks. Riding was really not a problem, although the ligaments along my hip were a bit sore and the scar chafed a little. My fitness is down, but it was down a bit anyway.
I was out of work (from a desk job) for a week, which I was originally unconvinced that I needed, but then was glad that I took.
Had the mesh repair for an inguinal hernia.
Good luck.
re: anyone here had a hernia?rich5312
Feb 5, 2002 6:58 PM
I had a laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair on January 16. I didn't know that I had a hernia until it showed up in a routine exam. I learned that it won't get better without surgery and it will get worse if you have an active lifestyle. I laid around on vicodin for 2 days after surgery and then started doing short walks increasing to about 2 miles at a time after 4 days. I returned to work after 6 days; I probably could have gotten back a day earlier. I was on the indoor trainer this weekend after 2 1/2 weeks and felt fine. I'm also doing some light pushups and stomach crunches. After 3 weeks I don't feel much pain but I still am conscious of the area where the repair was done and I still have some swelling. I just turned 50 so I'm sure I don't heal as fast as I used to.

Laparoscopic surgery has potential to reduce recovery time but seems to be a little more complex for the surgeon. My surgeon does about 50-50 laparoscopic and open plug and patch. He thought either would be OK for me. Lap surgery will leave small Ti staples behind which could be a concern. (Maybe we can start a thread on Ti vs. Carbon fiber vs. scandium staples.)