My new pal the Hernia

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    Nov 06, 2014 12:04 AM GMT
    So recently after a visit to my doctor and referral for an ultrasound turns out I have an inguinal hernia. It's not too serious but can have dangerous complications if left unchecked later in life. There is a surgery that involves placing mesh lining in the body to keep the hernia in place though my doctor recommended just watching and waiting if it's not a bother, which it isn't except aesthetically. Was wondering if anyone else had experienced this and could offer any incite or advice?
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    Nov 06, 2014 12:17 AM GMT
    My late father had this kind of hernia. I would get a second opinion. As a young man of 20, who does "Cycling, Hiking, Hockey, Running, Swimming, Weight training" according to your profile, you might need to have this corrected early. And have it confirmed; a hernia at 20 is not very common, yet is possible. But good they caught it this early, if that's what you have.

    You don't want to limit your active young lifestyle for years, yet you don't want to let it get worse, if you really have a hernia. Using a mesh is quite common with this condition, and effective. You don't want your intestines to start protruding, causing complications that are more difficult to repair. Go for a second opinion.
  • Bowyn_Aerrow

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    Nov 06, 2014 12:49 AM GMT
    Doctors treat people as the average person.

    Yes, for those who are 'average' *now that means over weight couch potato* a hernia isn't going to poise that big of a deal.

    Are you "average"? no you are young and you profile hints highly active if not by today's standards very active. you run a much higher chance of taking this injury to greater places than the 'average' person.

    If you read up on it, you discover that weightlifting has a tendency to lead to that, and more weightlifting bothers the condition, and the worse the condition gets the side effects can be 'horrific'.

    You need a sports injury specialist to check this one out, sign you off or recommend specific action based on your lifestyle (weightlifting, exercise, etc).

    No doubt you got this consult from your primary/general practitioner - GP think in terms of average and are not specialized - you need a specialist.
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    Nov 06, 2014 2:01 AM GMT
    Hernias tend to get nugget and more uncomfortable with time. I'd pick a convenient time to get it fixed. You won't be able to exercise for at least 2 weeks afterwards. Probably longer for anything strenuous.
    If you have one on the other side consider getting it done laparoscopically.
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    Nov 07, 2014 12:48 PM GMT
    my guy just recently had this same exact surgery. it's been over a month and he's still a little sore. you'll be in a lot of pain the first week, and then when it starts to heal it does the itching thing quite a bit.

    definitely take it easy for 4-6 weeks post surgery.

    hope you don't normally sleep on your stomach...
  • ai82

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    Nov 08, 2014 12:57 AM GMT
    I had one for probably about 10 years, just a little bulge, then it got bigger. The only way to fix it is through surgery and it will only get worse, not better.
    I had my surgery about a month ago, laparoscopic, and actually on both sides (I thought it was just the right side). I got it fixed because it started feeling uncomfortable and painful, like I could feel it stretching.
    The surgery was simple. A hour or two. I had the mesh put in. Went home the same day. I could walk up my stairs and around my home in discomfort. Surgery is risky and I had complications (I could'nt pee afterwards so I had to get a catheter, and I was in the hospital 5 days for for a pulmonary embolism).
    After surgery, I would say I felt more stiff vs in pain. It was uncomfortable, I was sore. I took pain meds probably for the first 3 or 4 days around the clock, then only as needed.
    A month later, I'm okay. I have a tinge of pain every so often from where I think the mesh may be and from the incision (3 total that are healed). My balls get sore if I don't wear a jockstrap for a while (like a day).
    Overall I'm glad I got it done. Some say the earlier you get it done the easier it is to repair because its smaller, the quicker your body heals. Some say wait because for most its not urgent, unless it gets strangulated, also surgery has its risks and costs alot depending on your insurance. And like you said, it loooks better.
    I say get it fixed if its bothering you (physically). Otherwise, I probably would wait and see. There really is no hurry.
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    Nov 08, 2014 2:30 AM GMT
    thanks guys I appreciate your understanding and advice, kind of an embarrassing topic for me. Seems like surgery is the best option though having a foreign material lodged in my body forever isn't a pleasant prospect. I will have to keep an eye on it and find the best time for the operation sooner rather than later.
  • vj2004t

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    Nov 08, 2014 6:30 AM GMT
    I just. got over this surgery my intestines was c omeing out between my right leg. I had a lot of bloody drainage everything ok now. Doc released me so I am back at the gym now plan on loseing muscle mass and weight. I hated that part of it but I am almost back to normal. Incision is totally healed the next day after surgery I was able to pee. My surgeon was a prince of a Dr. Packed my incision twice a week I did it the other days twice a day. Get your general dr. To find u a general surgeon that has done a lot of this type surgery. Email me if you want to know more be glad to help. It was a little scary but I made it thru you can too....val
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    Nov 08, 2014 1:17 PM GMT
    ai82 saidI had one ... just a little bulge, then it got bigger. The only way to fix it is through surgery and it will only get worse, not better.
    I had my surgery about a month ago, laparoscopic... I got it fixed because it started feeling uncomfortable and painful, like I could feel it stretching.
    The surgery was simple. A hour or two. I had the mesh put in. Went home the same day. I could walk up my stairs and around my home in discomfort. After surgery, I would say I felt more stiff vs in pain.


    I had it done about 4 years ago and this was pretty much my experience. Laparoscopic surgery means just a very short incision through which they insert the mesh. You go home the same day. You will feel stiff and sore but you can walk and climb stairs.
    In my case I healed quickly and never had to take any pain meds. In two weeks I was back in the gym (vey carefully at first).
    Hernias start small but they get bigger over time. The sooner you get it fixed, the easier the surgery will be.
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    Nov 11, 2014 5:46 AM GMT
    I've had two: left and right. I wanted the mesh because it has better outcomes than the older "Shouldice" methods, according to info I read, but I waited too long and the surgeon did the Shouldice method. (he said he had no choice but I suspect he actually lied.). Anyway, I had the mesh done the next time and much preferred it. I was back n the gym in a few weeks and had no adverse issues.

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    Nov 28, 2014 4:43 AM GMT
    thanks again for all your feedback, was freaking out about if before you helped set my mind at easy icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 29, 2014 6:52 AM GMT
    i have been having a pain (about 3 months) in my left side in my groin(ish) area. At first it sorta felt like a strain, now I'm not so sure. It sorta comes and goes. Lately it has been worse, but in the past 3 months i have been hitting the gym at least 6 days a week, so thats what I'm chalking it up to. Because from what i have read it could also mean i have a blockage in my femoral artery. At my age, it is a possibility.. So i chose to ignore it! icon_eek.gif But it doesn't really seem to bother me all the time and not in the same way a blockage would. I wondered if it could be a hernia. That would be the best case. I go for my annual physical next week.
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    Nov 29, 2014 4:06 PM GMT
    Boars saidthanks again for all your feedback, was freaking out about if before you helped set my mind at easy icon_smile.gif


    I'm a surgeon and have both done and had this surgery done on me. Find a surgeon who can do it laparoscopically if you have one on both sides.
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    Nov 29, 2014 11:37 PM GMT
    Wyndahoi said
    Boars saidthanks again for all your feedback, was freaking out about if before you helped set my mind at easy icon_smile.gif


    I'm a surgeon and have both done and had this surgery done on me. Find a surgeon who can do it laparoscopically if you have one on both sides.


    it's just on the right side of my groin, what would you recommend is there a high probability that one will develop on the left side as well?
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    Dec 03, 2014 11:16 PM GMT
    I would see a surgeon who can do it laparoscopically. He will check for an asymptomatic hernia on the other side as well. If it's there its worth doing both at once. If you just have the one go with open surgery.
  • Kairr

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    Dec 05, 2014 2:20 AM GMT
    There are absorbable meshes (made of extracellular matrix from animals / synthetic fibers) which are said to be more comfortable and are completely broken down by the body in a few years.

    Those are relatively new though (been around 3~4 years) without a lot of solid clinical trials. (still quite hot regardless.)

  • MikemikeMike

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    Dec 09, 2014 7:33 PM GMT
    So Cubby, how are you doing??
  • venue35

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    Apr 10, 2015 10:17 AM GMT
    I had a hernia removed when I was 22icon_eek.gif
  • Jeepguy2

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    Apr 10, 2015 4:38 PM GMT
    I had open surgery for a hernia several years ago and the worst part was that after surgery my scrotum swelled up HUGE for like a week afterwards which was pretty uncomfortable, and I needed an XL jockstrap for support. LOL This is what it looked like except mine was a bit larger, I had no idea that some guys are into this until I saw it in porn.icon_rolleyes.gif

    http://www.pornhub.com/view_video.php?viewkey=1514897993
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    Apr 10, 2015 6:32 PM GMT
    I had a dog whose name was Cubby.