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Hernia Operation(5 posts)

Hernia Operationtedr
Nov 20, 2003 7:03 AM
Having a hernia operation on Monday - what is the expected time off the bike for something like this - I am 46 yrs old and in pretty good physical condition - can I expect to be off the bike 2 weeks or much longer then that??
Thanks, Ted
re: Hernia OperationHeavyhammer
Nov 20, 2003 7:29 AM
Are we talking about the classical lower abdomenal hernia?
Depending on your current phsyical condition and fitness level 2 weeks could about right. You will know based on the pain level. I was conservative and started light workouts 3 weeks after the surgery. Has anyone mentioned the "6 weeks and you'll be fine" axiom?

When I was 46 I had a laproscopic inguinal hernia repair done. A piece of mesh was inserted. Since it was day surgery I figured I would be back at work the next day. Wrong! I was hobbling around for 2-3 days.

Good luck!

Depends on the type of operation.....bent_spoke
Nov 20, 2003 7:35 AM
I believe they do an orthoscopic hernia operation that is less intrusive. I had the older method, because at the time the doc said that it was more reliable (only wanted to get cut once, thank you). Mine was in the groin area & I had it on 12/17 and I was getting around gingerly in about a week. By mid-jan, I started to work back into jogging as that's what I was into at the time. Biking may be less stressfull and you can test it out on a trainer. This is probably a good place to start, as you don't need to be concerned about handling. I felt like I lost a lot of strength, but being in shape definitely helps speed the process.

Good luck with the op & recovery....let us know how you make out.
re: Hernia Operationabelson
Nov 20, 2003 1:28 PM
I had a Hernia/Hyrdocele operation this spring -- so my incision was probably a little bigger than a normal hernia. I was in a lot of pain for a few days but I was able to get in the gym and do a light work out after about a week or ten days and I was back on the bike after about two weeks. It took at least two weeks, for the incisonal pain to go away. I am young (27) and in good shape so my recovery may have been quicker.
Best of luck
Are you serious?!gtscottie
Nov 20, 2003 1:31 PM
Don't you think this is a question that your Doctor should answer?

As a qualified truck driver I believe that you should be off your bike for about 1 week and then get into some heavy lifting before you pedal again....(Sarcasm)

Seriously though this is something that should be discussed with your doctor not with us bozo's :)