Having Hernia Surgery - Best Diet During Recovery?

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    Dec 08, 2009 3:06 AM GMT
    So I'm having surgery on my left inguinal hernia. What is the best soft to liquid foods to eat during this recovery time.

    I know surgery sucks, but I'm curious to know who else has had this done before.

    Anyone?icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 08, 2009 3:20 AM GMT
    Have I got a diet for you! ...hahaha... ok, maybe it's not for you. ...It's what I had to do after my radioactive seed implants for cancer. Maybe it can serve as an example that will make whatever diet you do have to go on not seem so bad. ...Good luck with the surgery! ... icon_biggrin.gif

    See Jan 17, 2007 8:16 PM http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/150050/ ... and I was on that for months! ... icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 08, 2009 7:00 AM GMT
    I had the same surgeryicon_sad.gif, And while I can't give advice on any diet I can recommend that after surgery if you need to sneeze it is very important to squat/crouch down. I learned this the hard way and my recovery was never 100% . Hope all goes well for you icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 08, 2009 7:09 AM GMT
    Apple sauce, jello, mashed potatoes (if you want them to be really nutritious go for mashed sweet potatoes). Soups are awesome as well, just make sure they're not full of meats.

    Honestly though, the last thing you're going to be thinking about is your nutrition. Give a good book or two, grab some couch, and veg out for a couple days. Your body's not going to be fun to move around.

    I had both my left and right repaired. I thought I'd never twist my torso again.

    I swear I remember the doctor telling me not to adjust my diet too much, and if I do to try to be back on solid foods a couple of days after surgery.
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    Dec 08, 2009 12:47 PM GMT
    I had it done on 11/12. I'm pretty much back to normal already. There were lots of horror stories posted on that other thread but don't let them scare you.
    It's day surgery. You check in, the nurse and anesthetist prepare you, and as soon as they wheel you toward the OR you're in oblivion. You wake up an hour later and you're ready to go home. (Someone else will have to drive you).
    As soon as the anesthesia wears off you'll be in some pain. The pain was moderate and I didn't have to take any of the hydrocodone they prescribed. You'll be stiff but you can get up and climb stairs.
    The second day the pain and stiffness will be much less. I was able to drive and go to the office for a few hours.
    In 2 weeks the doctor said I was healed enough to use an elliptical trainer. Now I'm back to working with free weights although I'm being very careful.
    To answer your question, there was never any issue about diet since everything seemed to be working just as normal.

    Good luck.
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    Dec 08, 2009 2:15 PM GMT
    I had mine done on the 11/23 ... mine was open surgery (mesh) on the right side. The doctor deemed that my hernia was not a major one and could be repaired fairly easy.

    I ate normal foods after (take stool softener like Ducolax). That helped quite a bit. I also suggest drinking a lot of water. I also took protien shakes (as I read your body needs more protein to heal) and ate a lot of greens. Helps greatly that Thanksgiving was around the corner.

    My experience after waking up was that it was extremely hard to walk surprisingly (i thought people said it was going to be easy), but i did. Putting on my clothes was tough due to pain. I was very very sleepy. Docs wont release you until you pee. So try to pee right away if you can.

    I was given Oxyocodone (Codeine and Asprin) for pain medicine. I thought I wouldn't need it, like most here, but i did occasionally. I would say my threshold for pain is very very high. Days 1-4 I walked like an old man, and my back muscles hurt a lot. I think this is due to me trying not to trigger my abdominals. Days 1-7 I also had this burning sensation when ever I triggered or stretched my abdominal section. It happens less and less now, but still get it from time to time and it is very mild.

    Approximately 2 weeks later, the area looks as if my hernia is still there (swollen). Not much of a scar so far though area is numb and cut site is very swollen. I can cough and sneeze with very little pain though I'm sometimes scared to. Same thing goes for moving bowels (sans stool softener). I haven't started working out again. I will wait for my docs OK today.
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    Dec 08, 2009 5:37 PM GMT
    Hey guys...thanks for the many inputs. Wow - everyone has different experiences, but it seems to be rounded off to about two weeks of recovery down time.

    I will update my progess as I go under on friday.
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    Dec 08, 2009 5:55 PM GMT
    I had 2! one on each side haha, the first one in 1996 sucked, was down for the count in pain for 1 week, the second one in 2000 was much better, I was out and about after 2 days =)

    Soup always makes me feel better =) GL! you will be fine
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    Dec 08, 2009 6:20 PM GMT
    nostrothomas saidI had the same surgeryicon_sad.gif, And while I can't give advice on any diet I can recommend that after surgery if you need to sneeze it is very important to squat/crouch down. I learned this the hard way and my recovery was never 100% . Hope all goes well for you icon_wink.gif

    I had the surgery also. I agree sneezing/ coughing was the biggest killer. As far as food goes I ate the same. Although looking back adding a fiber supplement to my diet may not have been a bad thing, just to prevent straining while using the facilities.
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    Dec 08, 2009 6:23 PM GMT
    ibelong2me saidSo I'm having surgery on my left inguinal hernia. What is the best soft to liquid foods to eat during this recovery time.

    I know surgery sucks, but I'm curious to know who else has had this done before.

    Anyone?icon_rolleyes.gif


    You'll want to talk to your medical care team in regard to what you should do post-operatively. This isn't really the correct venue.
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    Dec 08, 2009 7:51 PM GMT
    ibelong2me said everyone has different experiences, but it seems to be rounded off to about two weeks of recovery down time.


    Everyone is different but 2 weeks seems to be too much. My doctor said the more fit you are, the faster you'll heal. He also recommended talking long walks as soon as you're able.
    So I took a 45-minute walk the day after the surgery and drove to the office for an hour or so.
    I continued with daily long walks and it helped at lot. Three days later I had tickets to the opera and found I was able to sit through a 4 and a half hour performance of Wagner's Lohengrin without too much fidgeting.

    Try to be as active as your body will let you (without straining yourself of course) and you should be back to work within a few days.

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    Dec 11, 2009 8:13 PM GMT
    Hernia surgery doesn't usually affect diet that much but you're going to want to do two things
    Eat good healthy foods that will help strengthen you and fortify your immune system
    Piggin' out on pizza because you feel sorry for yourself ain't going to do it
    the other thing is that you want to eat foods that will be easy to digest
    a bowl of granola might be great for your body but there might be hell to pay when it comes out the other end icon_eek.gif