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  1. #1
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    Inguinal hernia - time to recover?

    I was an idiot and pushed it too hard in the gym with poor form last night. After deadlifts, I immediately realized I popped a hernia (wtf is the proper terminology?) Went to the physician today - she said "yup, that's a hernia. Here's a surgeon who can help."

    I have a consult on Monday, and I'm trying wrap my head around this whole process.

    Do any mags have advice, insight, or suggestion? I'm hoping that I can be on skis by the time snow starts flying...

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    I had an inguinal hernia at age 19. 4 of us were loading a live torpedo into the bomb bay of a Navy sub hunter out on Adak AK. 2 guys slipped on the ice and fell down, leaving me and another guy holding a 800+ pound live torpedo. Dropping it was not an option. I felt a big tug in my groin, I figured I pulled a muscle. Next morning my nutz were the size of a basketball. Other guys in in the barracks said "Dude, we told you not to mess with those bar girls when we were in the Philippines !". Went to sick bay, diagnosis inguinal hernia. Got medevaced to the Naval Hospital in Oakland CA for surgery, then sent home for 30 days convalescent leave, followed by 30 days light duty. Been good as new ever since.
    "Zee damn fat skis are ruining zee piste !" -Oscar Schevlin

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    No problem skiing this season. A week or two to walk, sit, stand without significant pain, 4-6 for full activity--skiing, lifting etc without medication. There may be some swelling and tenderness to touch and some twinges of pain for as long as a year or two but nothing that should interfere with activity.

    Or you might recover faster--had a skinny kid who worked in a warehouse who wanted to go back to work in a week. I told him to lift the electric cautery--150# or so. He did, so back to work. (If you work for yourself off work 1-2 days, if you work for someone else 1-2 weeks, if you work for the state 1-2 months.)

    The lifting didn't cause the hernia, just made it apparent. The defect was already there--lifting pushed the bowel out through the defect. The biggest strain on the abdominal muscles is coughing and sneezing. Which brings up a key point in recuperation--do not let children or anyone with a cold anywhere near you until the pain is mostly gone. Take your narcotics and antiinflammatories on a schedule for the first few days--hard to control the pain if you let it get bad. Lots of fruits and vegetables and fluids--don't let yourself get constipated.

    The main risk of hernia surgery is chronic pain--reported to be as high as 10% but that hasn't been my experience. Much lower I think, especially as surgeons have become more aware of the problem. Not something to worry about but be aware and if you are having persistent pain let your surgeon know.
    Last edited by old goat; 09-16-2017 at 06:56 PM.

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    Like others have said, you'll be back up to speed by the time the snow starts.

    I had one repaired a few years ago. I was up and mostly normal after a week or so, with a couple more before I felt good doing strenuous activity. For a year or two I would occasionally feel something. Not pain, just an "oh, yeah, I have some mesh in my groin." Now I don't feel anything.

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    Just got out of my surgery and figured I'd give an update on my recovery every couple of days. Hopefully this helps out any mags in the future who are researching inguinal hernia repair surgery.

    Day 1 - outpatient surgery. Came out of the anesthesia feeling pretty good and starving (not sure if this is normal?). It was open surgery with a mesh repair, so I've got a two inch incision between my stomach and the "goods". Doc says to expect swelling and bruising everywhere down there - guess I won't be getting laid for a while

    Sitting upright hurts in the groin and hip flexor area. Not severe pain, but feels like I pulled a muscle. Laying on the couch with an ice pack is most comfortable for me at the moment. Good thing I bought a dozen TGR flicks recently when they had a sale for $5 per DVD! Walking is ok, but I'm shuffling at a slow pace.

    Doc said I should walk as much as the pain allows to improve blood circulation. Planning on a hobble or two around the block in a few hours. I took the day off work tomorrow and will likely do some more walking - maybe a couple miles if the pain allows it?

    No jogging or bike riding until the follow up appointment in two weeks - just walking. Definitely no lifting at the gym.

    Day 2/3 - limping around with a bad burning/stabbing pain below the incision. Pain was the worst just after waking up, and after about an hour of hobbling around the house and 600mg of ibuprofen, it got better. Stayed home from work. Watched a bunch of ski porn and went for walks around my neighborhood.

    Walking is key - seems that getting blood circulating to the area helps!

    Day 4 - woke up with same burning pain, but not as painful. More ibuprofen. Walked around a bit and went to work. Couldn't sit for long, otherwise that pain would come back.

    Day 5 - woke up feeling great. No burning pain, just stiff hip/groin muscles. Best day so far - minimal pain and was able to walk around a lot. Getting better! Gonna stop posting now since it seems like I'm over the worst of it.

    Hope this helps others reading into this. I think the key is walk as much as you can, even through some of the pain!
    Last edited by thefortrees; 10-01-2017 at 07:42 AM.

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    as you say--sitting is often worse than walking and standing. basically stuff gets scrunched when you sit.

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