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Mesh or no mesh? Well that's a bit strange, I'll explain.
It healed up fine for the most part but in a follow up visit to the doc I mentioned that sometimes I can
feel the mesh. He said that he didn't use mesh. I reminded him that he told me prior to the surgery
that he was going to. He then told me, "well I decided not to". So that was a minor WTF moment for me.
At any rate it's fine now, no problems, mesh or no mesh.
Find out what it is in life that you don't do well, then don't
do that thing.
I got nothing.
First time - One side, open surgery with mesh
Second time - One side, open surgery with mesh
Third time - One side, laparoscopic, with mesh
Fourth time - Both sides, open surgery with mesh, Doc told me, "You've got LOTS of scar tissue in there, you need to take it easy for SIX weeks." Just got past the six weeks a couple of weeks ago and started riding again.
If you have an inguinal hernia and are an athlete you should get it repaired. It will not heal on it's own and will likely get bigger over time. Soon you'll have bowel filling your scrotum - who want's that?
Question for everyone:
Are you back to full-on, no-compromise core work as well?
I just can't get my head around ever doing crunches again, as if I'm going to bring on another bout of it.
Did it work at all?
You still have pain?
Bilateral in January of this year. Both sides with mesh. No aches or sudden sharp pains since June. Biked 660 miles in 6 days in July with no issues. All is good.
I pushed it a little in the first week back and regretted it, but have been resting much more this week and feel better every day.
Tuesday, which will be 2 weeks, I see my surgeon and will see if I can resume light jogging and light spinning with full swimming.
Will update on the Surgeon's response and how soon full activity is resumed.
It was right side, 2 inch cut in the middle and mesh was used. I have been, and started on day 2, doing a fair amount of walking.
"Chrissie wins because she trains really f'ing hard and races really f'ing hard and was blessed with a huge f'ing motor" Jordan Rapp
I had open no mesh surgery in April 2011. Was able to complete a 10k obstacle course race 6 weeks later. I took it easy at that race, but mentally it was really important for me to show myself that I wasn't totally incapacitated. Did an olympic triathlon 2.5 months later without any problem. But it took another month or so before I could even consider sit-ups.
Cosmetically, I still have a scar and my lower abdomen isn't flat despite a regular regime of about 400 sit-ups per day. Its just how the abdomen healed. :-(
Pain is largely gone, but occasionally it'll hurt for a few minutes or days. Always goes away.
First one at a local hospital. It failed (can't remember why)
Second one failed because the mesh was too small and there were too few staples around the edges, so the load on each staple meant she ripped the staples out. The mesh came through the hernia and you could clearly feel the mesh under the skin. Freaky to say the least.
The last one was done at the world renowned Sholdice Clinic in Toronto Canada. Hernias is all they do!
It's been a rip roaring success, Fast recovery, complete recovery and not a single issue in the 18 years since she had it done.
Get it done, but if you can, get it done at the Sholdice Clinic. They are fantastic.
The first 2 she had about 4-5 weeks of bedrest for recovery. The last one, she was up the next day on the exercycle and doing light aerobics. The activity promotes blood (and therefore healing) at the wound site. She was back to work in about 4 days I think it was.
Sholdice is fantastic.
"Happiness is a myth. All you can hope for is to get laid once in a while, drunk once in a while and to eat chocolate every day"
Got open with mesh, local anesthetic. The procedure felt kind of gross, but nothing horrible. The next three days after sucked, though- completely incapacitated. I honestly felt like something had gone really wrong with the procedure and that I was infected on the inside or my body was rejecting the mesh or something. Surgery was Friday, though, so I was ok enough by the time work came. By ok enough, I mean I still hobbled everywhere, and had to teach sitting down.
For training, I was able to swim again about two weeks later, after the stitches fully dissolved or whatever and the bandages removed. VERY easy swimming, though. I couldn't run or bike for another 3-4 weeks, IIRC, but that also had to do with a bone spur issue in my ankle- a whole other issue at the time. Last off season wasn't too great.
I got the surgery on my right side, and continue to have weird numbness/tingling on the inside of my right thigh, right beside the ol' sac, for quite a while after. Apparently it's a very normal thing, but I was alarmed by it for a while. It's come back recently, but I'm completely used to it now, no issue at all. That said, I hope I don't have any more hernia adventures.
Since the early 90's I've been doing the external no-tension mesh repair. It was a huge improvement over the "Bassini" type repairs. Everybody wants to attribute chronic post op pain to the mesh but we had chronic pain before we used mesh. My bias is that most of the anti-mesh sentiment originates from the legal and liability industry. Lawyers fish for unhappy patients with bad outcomes using "the mesh" as bait.
I did laparoscopic repairs for about 5 years in the 90's but wasn't that impressed. They're more expensive. They use a lot more equipment making them financially less feasible in an outpatient surgery center. I had a higher recurrence rate with them and patients did not seem to go back to work any sooner (especially those with workers comp injuries who sometimes have secondary gain in long recoveries). I treated one patient with laparoscopic complications (from Saint Elsewhere) who developed a bowel obstruction and intra-abdominal infection. Maybe the laparoscopic approach is needlessly complicating a simple, straightforward, inexpensive, time tested approach with an excellent success rate and low complication profile?
I didn't do any exercising other than walking up until my 2-week post op appointment. I was hoping to get released to get back at it but the doc really wanted me to take it easy for the next 4 weeks (total of 6 weeks). I've got my 6-week post op appointment coming up and expect to get back at it fully after that.
In the past 4 weeks I have done a few light bike trainer rides and one light jog on the treadmill. I have lost a ton of fitness in the past 6 weeks. My HR's on the bike trainer are through the roof compared to just before the surgery. I'm hoping that fitness comes back relatively quickly. My next big goal is IMCHOO so I've got plenty of time. Didn't want to push it too early and jeopardize that race. As a wise friend told me, no workout right now is going to benefit you much at IMCHOO but doing too much too fast could certainly hurt IMCHOO.
Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
I allow my patients to get back running/biking slowly immediately after surgery, swimming after 1 week follow up. Have had several patients I did with laparoscope in early 90's come back 10-15 years with hernia on other side. Did with open method and ALL said open was quicker recovery..