Hernia operation.

  • LVguy

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    Apr 01, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
    I finally made the desicion to have my inguinal hernia repaired. Not much pain but the lump has grown to an egg shaped lump above and to the right of my scrotum. It is scheduled for Thursday next week. Going to have an open procedure rather than laproscopic. Surgeon felt a double mesh sewn on both the inner and outer abdominal wall will have better long term effects with an active lifestyle and can not be placed laporscopic.

    He told me I can get back to gym in 2 wks, but nothing over 30 lbs for arms chest back. No ab , core or leg for 6-8 wks. Cardio is ok to do.

    Took me 6 yrs to finally be satisfied with my body. Afraid of losing mass during this period. I know I have to follow directions and allow adequate healing time.

    Anybody else go through this procedure? Am I making it to be more of a mountain than it really should be?

    I am aware that my groin will turn many different colors after the surgery.
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    Apr 01, 2011 4:29 PM GMT
    I had it done when I was 18. Military doctors found the hernia when they did the physical for the German military. The procedure was uneventful, but the area is still a bit tender (especially where the scar is) after almost 20 years.
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    Apr 03, 2011 1:13 AM GMT
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    well, be prepared for longer than what you might think.
    It is differant for everyone, for me it was close to a month recovering.
    If you think you have ever had blue balls, wait until you get them after this...lol
    big and blue and not feeling all that good.
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    Apr 03, 2011 1:16 AM GMT
    Well we wish you a speedy recovery.
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    Apr 03, 2011 1:31 AM GMT
    I think you will find it much less stressful to just follow doctor's orders and not worry about what will happen to your body mass. The important thing is to take care of yourself first. What little body mass you may lose, you can gain back, but your health, you may not if you worry about it too much or try to rush it.

    Good luck
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    Apr 03, 2011 1:35 AM GMT
    I had mine done 4 years ago. I was back in the gym after 2 weeks lifting light weights. Back to normal lifting after about a month.
  • CAtoFL

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    Apr 03, 2011 2:02 AM GMT
    I busted both sides. Had one done laproscopically, the other an 'open' procedure. The open takes longer to heal, but a lot of doctors think it's a more reliable repair.

    Two weeks is optimistic. But like everyone else said, it's important to take the proper time to heal. You can catch up to whatever you lose (IF you lose anything) once you've given yourself enough time. My doc said that 90% of patients are back to 100% of their abilities within a month. But honestly, if you need an extra week, take it. It's not a lot of time in the long term scheme of things.
  • safety43_mma1...

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    Apr 03, 2011 2:02 AM GMT
    been there just did it also. i am about 4 weeks out and i feel fine. so i would say do it, u will feel better i promise u that and the surgery only took like 45 mins and mine wasnt easy at all.
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    Apr 03, 2011 2:09 AM GMT
    I had this done 2 years ago. It was unpleasant for a few days but I was back in the gym within a month. They prescribed painkillers but there was never even a need to take them. The surgeon told me that the more fit you are, the easier it is to perform the repair and the quicker your recovery will be.
    You will feel so much better afterwards you'll never understand why you put off having it fixed.
  • camfer

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    Apr 03, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
    Make sure you have someone to help you after the surgery and all the next day at the very least. When I did mine I needed help standing up the next day. Walking was slow but very possible. One slick thing I got was this balloon full of pain medicine that dripped into the incision for the first 24 hours after the surgery. Once the balloon deflates you pull the tube out of the incision and toss the whole thing away.

    Back in the gym 2 weeks after the surgery was not really an option for me. At 4 weeks, yes, I could have theoretically gone in and done light weights, but I really felt like taking the 6 - 8 weeks to have it all heal up properly, rather than risk going through that procedure again!
  • dtx1

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    Apr 03, 2011 2:59 AM GMT
    I had both sides (dual bilateral inguinal) done 10 months ago laparoscopically, in the same surgery. I agree with 'camfer' that it would be best to have someone around to help you for a day or two. I was prepared for it to be bad, but still underestimated how debilitated I would be.

    The day of the surgery I was in some pain, but it was a dull, generalized pain. However, when I woke up the next morning and tried to get out of bed, the 'sitting up' motion cause an excruciatingly painful, stabbing pain that felt like what I imagine it would feel like to be stabbed in the groin with a red hot fireplace poker. I experienced the same pain when lying down again, and when sitting down and getting up off of the sofa. I called the surgeon's office and asked if this was normal and they said 'yes,' that the pain was caused by the nerves 'growing back together.' Interestingly, about 3 - 4 days later, the stabbing pain went away as quickly as it came...just went away overnight.

    As far as getting back to the gym, I waited about 4 weeks and was glad I did. A couple of weeks of missed workouts won't really make a huge difference, and you will likely gain back any losses quickly once you get back to the gym, so try not to rush it.

    Funny thing...my surgeon told me that since I was having the mesh inserts with no open cuts down low that technically I could go to the gym straight from the hospital following surgery...IF I could stand the pain, he added. He enjoyed that little joke and had apparently told it many times before.

    In any case, all the best to you for great success and a speedy recovery.

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    Apr 04, 2011 4:26 AM GMT
    i did.

    the doctor cut me up a couple of inches above my special place. I was in pain for a good week. He gave me tylenol codeine which didn't do shit.

    This was back in college so I wasn't working out but I know I would've not want to work out. I was still able to notice the mesh after a few weeks. I don't even know if it went away or if it is still there but i don't notice it anymore.

    My groin didn't change color tho.

    I would wait to be fully recovered before working out again. You don't want your incision to bust open and your guts spill out on the gym floor. It'll be a bitch to clean up. not cute.
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    Apr 04, 2011 4:34 AM GMT
    LVguy saidI finally made the desicion to have my inguinal hernia repaired. Not much pain but the lump has grown to an egg shaped lump above and to the right of my scrotum. It is scheduled for Thursday next week. Going to have an open procedure rather than laproscopic. Surgeon felt a double mesh sewn on both the inner and outer abdominal wall will have better long term effects with an active lifestyle and can not be placed laporscopic.

    He told me I can get back to gym in 2 wks, but nothing over 30 lbs for arms chest back. No ab , core or leg for 6-8 wks. Cardio is ok to do.

    Took me 6 yrs to finally be satisfied with my body. Afraid of losing mass during this period. I know I have to follow directions and allow adequate healing time.

    Anybody else go through this procedure? Am I making it to be more of a mountain than it really should be?

    I am aware that my groin will turn many different colors after the surgery.


    I had the same procedure in 1995. Had surgery on Friday and back to work on Monday. Took 6 weeks b4 I could start lifting again- not my choice but DRs orders. Could only walk on treadmill for first 6 weeks. Took bout 3 months when released to workout to return to pre-surgery condition. Just FYI- first day or two after surgery is quite painful. Don't just lay around. Get up frequently and walk as much as u can tolerate.
  • Kwokpot

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    Apr 05, 2011 3:57 PM GMT
    Had my left side done 17 yrs ago and had my right side done lasr yr. Surgery was on 2/23/10, and went on a cruise vacation on 3/15/10, where
    I started back on fitness training for the 1st time at the ship's gym. Weight training was at 1/3 of my regular lifting weight.

    MAJOR ADVICE:
    Take stool softeners day after surgery to help with bm's. Trust me, TAKE IT.
    I have IBS and didn't think I needed it, but after the 3rd day of not being about to have a bm, I thought I was going to explode; the pain from the bloating and pressure was worse than the surgery scar!!!

    Otherwise, my recovery was better than I had hoped, and was back to my regular gym routine very quickly. In fact, my surgeon encouraged me to go back to my regular routines as quickly as possible, with no cautions for 'babying' . He said that's the purpose of the surgery, so you can return to your normal routines.
    PM me if you want photos or more advise.
    Anthony