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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [rph60] [ In reply to ]
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Your a doctor/hernia?? And you have never heard of ultrasounds being used to diagnose and measure hernias?? Remind me to never recommend you Doc. Would you like to see the ultrasounds so you can avoid any future embarrassment? I am happy to email them to you.

As for the surgery, had it 20hours ago and am now home resting up. Must say I didn't expect to have this much pain. I have been told I can hopefully go for a light jog at 10 days but will take the advice here and rest a bit more.....even though my Surgeon who has been doing this for 20 years (probably 100 every 6 months) thinks I won't have too many dramas if I am careful in this first 10 days.

If anyone in Qld wants a specialist in this area give me a yell.

And yes, doc, it was a typo and should be cm not mm....other than that, you clearly should not be practicing medicine if you don't know what ultrasounds are capable of, where they are better than MRI's and that how they measure things. Have you ever had a baby or know someone that has, just ask them about the early scans!!!

Anyway, sorry that I had to sound annoyed people at some idiots comments!!! If you have a hernia, day two hurts:) if you have a history of it in the family, I am the 6th one and did not know about that there was a good chance I would at some stage go through this. I am confident I will be back into action at 4 weeks, but will leave the pool till 6 as advised by surgeon.
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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [v0coder] [ In reply to ]
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I had a pulling sensation from my right testicle up into right side of stomach...ask for an ultrasound to be done. I had some sharp stabbing pains too. Change docs if your worried about a hernia and you have not had ultrasounds yet!
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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [pipermeridian] [ In reply to ]
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Thank goodness for the INTERNET and those less educated. Hopefully surgery will help your symptoms. 3 months to diagnose? Thats.....
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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [rph60] [ In reply to ]
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Yes that's right, only an ultrasound ended up picking it up. And yes, it's fantastic to hear from fellow triathletes and how they managed the same issues and in particular recovery.

It's a great forum, not a competition:)
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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [SethB] [ In reply to ]
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SethB wrote:
Had laproscopic repair with mesh. At 1 week checkup, asked Doc what i could and couldn't do, etc. He told me do whatever I wanted as long as I could bear the pain, the mesh wasn't going anywhere. I did light lo impact for a week or so and then right back to my normal workouts. Was sore/tender for about 2 weeks, but nothing major.

Good luck with recovery.

I had the same but bi-lateral, left side was bigger than the right side.
Day 8 i was cleared to do whatever I wanted as long as I could bear the pain. He said i couldn't tear or break anything.
At the same day i ran 5 miles. A few days after swimming caused more soreness and a weird feeling although i think it was mostly in my head.
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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [Hayward] [ In reply to ]
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Hayward wrote:
Hey- did you get an answer from your appt? I had inguinal hernia repair in October 2013, been marathon training for a couple of months and today I'm feeling irritation under the incision site....scared something may have happened. Hoping it's just tweaking of the scar tissue & googling reasons why I feel this discomfort is not helping!

Once he checked, doc stated that everything seemed to be in place. He said that I might have just strained the area during training or pulled the mesh a bit, which could result in a little bleeding. Not a big deal.
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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [brian_j_smith] [ In reply to ]
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I had bilateral inguinal hernia surgery in mid-may 2012. As luck would have it, my Surgeon's wife competes in half-iron and full-iron distance tris. He basically told me that I could do nothing more than slow walking for the first two weeks and then I could get back on the bike very slowly. He said to start out easy spinning for the first week back riding and then let pain be my guide. I had traditional repair surgery which consisted of two 3" long incisions. I was in lots of pain the first week! After two weeks of recovery, we drove to colorado for vacation and I took my bike along. The first week we were there I just rode easy for 15-20 miles per day and that was it. Towards the end of the second week I threw in some easy climbing and more moderate efforts on the flats. My first road race of that year was mid-July and it was definitely too much too soon. I got some major lower abdominal pain with 25 miles into the race. Two years later the incision scars are still numb and I get a little pain from time to time. Just be careful with some core exercises like wheel roll-outs etc. Good luck
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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [redbudtri] [ In reply to ]
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I had inguinal hernia repair via laparascopy 12/2013. My hernia was rarely painful and I don't think it affected my sports. I was reluctant to lift weights though. I finished my first IM the month before.
Surgeon told me no sports for two weeks then I would be fine. I was able to walk after the surgery though it was painful for the first 2-3 days. I could walk on the treadmill and ride the trainer slowly at the end of the first week. I was fine by the end of the second week. I did have some testicle pain when I ran for about a month. I am guessing that it might have been a groin muscle issue. All good otherwise. Good luck!
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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [redbudtri] [ In reply to ]
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I knew there would be a ST thread about this. Diagnosed with a small right side inguinal hernia earlier this year. Doc said to not worry about it until it gets worse. Seemed okay up until a couple of weeks ago. Any pressure to the abdomen area results in discomfort and that awkward feeling that my guts are going to spill out of my body. It's not painful per se. Just uncomfortable.

Went back to the doc this past Friday. He said it has grown and if I were your average couch potato that he'd recommend holding off on the surgery until it became painful. Given my very active lifestyle and the fact it's "off-season" we thought I might as well just get it done now and not worry about the need for surgery popping up during the race season.

I should have the surgery consult this week. I'd like to have it done the Friday before Thanksgiving week so that I can take medical leave during Thanksgiving week.

Reading this thread does give me some pause. Recovery seems to be longer than everyone anticipated.

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Oceanside 70.3, Oceanside, CA, April 7th | Ironman Texas, The Woodlands, TX, April 28th | Finland 70.3, Lahti, Finland, June 30th | Jönköping 70.3, Jönköping, Sweden, July 8th

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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [GMAN19030] [ In reply to ]
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GMAN19030 wrote:
Reading this thread does give me some pause. Recovery seems to be longer than everyone anticipated.

Not for me, but as per post #8 and as the OP observed, I'm probably at the outer edge of the bell curve. Swimming was the last thing to come back, but who wants to swim in the off season anyway?! ;-)

Good luck, you'll be back up and running in no time. Turn it into a positive and take the time to do some of the stuff that normally takes a back seat to triathlon.
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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [GMAN19030] [ In reply to ]
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Going under the knife on November 19th. Having open and not laparoscopic.

Doc advised four weeks of recovery but advised me (active, athletic, workout obsessed) to not even think about swimming, cycling, or running until week six. Just to walk a lot to keep mobile and sort of active.

2018 Races:
Oceanside 70.3, Oceanside, CA, April 7th | Ironman Texas, The Woodlands, TX, April 28th | Finland 70.3, Lahti, Finland, June 30th | Jönköping 70.3, Jönköping, Sweden, July 8th

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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [GMAN19030] [ In reply to ]
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I had the mesh inguinal hernia surgery in July and recovered fairly quickly. Hard to move around for the first three days, went back to a desk job 4 days later and was fine with just general walking around by that point. Hit the pool and ran easy 10 days later, and biked the following day. Swimming was the most uncomfortable for me from days 10-20. Four weeks after surgery I was back to normal training.

It's definitely a good idea to have the surgery, especially since it's off season. Good luck with yours and hope you have a quick recovery!
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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [knighty76] [ In reply to ]
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knighty76 wrote:
Turn it into a positive and take the time to do some of the stuff that normally takes a back seat to triathlon.

If we can't swim, cycle, or run, how are cleaning up the garage/workshop, mulching/replanting the flower beds, or painting the house, going to be viable alternatives? Smile

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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [GMAN19030] [ In reply to ]
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[quote GMAN19030

Reading this thread does give me some pause. Recovery seems to be longer than everyone anticipated.[/quote]


Had my open hernia repair with mesh on September 9. Two weeks of very easy stuff; light spinning on the trainer, easy swims (had the surgeon use glue on the incision so it was water tight) and walked 2-4 miles per day around the neighborhood with my wife starting on postop day 3. At the two week postop point I started training again. No really hard stuff but a lot of IM pace work. Now, seven weeks out, I am training almost as hard as I was before the surgery. Planning IMAZ in 2.5 weeks.

Still a little bit of soreness at the incision and where the mesh is sutured in. I am thin enough that I can feel the mesh and the surgical knots through my abdominal wall which is interesting. Swelling is 90-95% resolved but not quite 100% back to normal. I took vicodin for one day and then transitioned to motrin so I could go back to work.

This was a pretty small hernia and I had planned on getting it done after AZ but it was getting larger in size fairly quickly and it really got uncomfortable after a HIM in the beginning of September so I got it done even though the timing was bad.

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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [rph60] [ In reply to ]
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rph60 wrote:
Thank goodness for the INTERNET and those less educated. Hopefully surgery will help your symptoms. 3 months to diagnose? Thats.....

Your restraint is commendable.

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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [wannabefaster] [ In reply to ]
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Thank you!!
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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [GMAN19030] [ In reply to ]
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Had surgery yesterday. Sore as hell today. Had open as opposed to laparoscopic. The doc told me the incision would be about 4" but it was still surprising to see that cut.

I need to poop right now and it's terrifying.

Also kind of bummed by the pain pills. Codeine??? I joked with the doc that I was hoping for some Oxy level shit. He said I'm better off with a less powerful drug so that I feel "something" so that I don't move around like an idiot.

2018 Races:
Oceanside 70.3, Oceanside, CA, April 7th | Ironman Texas, The Woodlands, TX, April 28th | Finland 70.3, Lahti, Finland, June 30th | Jönköping 70.3, Jönköping, Sweden, July 8th

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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [wannabefaster] [ In reply to ]
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I agree with wannabefaster's comment posted on Oct 29 regarding rph60's restrained reply.

Now my question: are any of you participating in, or reading this forum women? I am female, 62, marathon "runner", and just had my first inguinal surgery last week (direct heria, open surgery with mesh). Everything went ok. I'm walking about 1 mile a day. I'd like to walk (8 h) a marathon in two days, which would be 11 days post-op. I feel okay, but I don't want to tear any underlying sutures. (Skin was closed with steristrips, about to fall off.) Any comments or observations? Any of you women?
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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [sespperson] [ In reply to ]
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I'm 7 weeks post-op. Went back to training last week, so about 5 1/2 weeks post-op. Everything feels fine. I'm out of shape since I haven't been able to workout since July but there are no ill effects from the surgery. My recovery was not as easy as some. I was completely worthless the first five days. There was no way I could walk a marathon less than two weeks post-op.

I could've started training earlier but what's the point with Christmas and all that. I figured I would just heal up and commence training after Christmas.

I also had a little setback about 2 1/2 weeks after surgery when I got a staff infection indirectly related to the surgery. That really sucked.

2018 Races:
Oceanside 70.3, Oceanside, CA, April 7th | Ironman Texas, The Woodlands, TX, April 28th | Finland 70.3, Lahti, Finland, June 30th | Jönköping 70.3, Jönköping, Sweden, July 8th

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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [sespperson] [ In reply to ]
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OK, had good repair. I'm very liberal with my patients return to activity. Walking 1 mile/day good. Walk marathon in 2 days-NOPE. What's the hurry. You won't tear any sutures but will probably set you back while!!!
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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [GMAN19030] [ In reply to ]
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Glad you are doing ok. Staph is ok and usually superficial. Never not Staph..
You may get sore with amount of time you took off but hernia will not recur.
You will have some pulling/discomfort...
With your profile pic 4" big incision. But no big deal..

Robert
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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [rph60] [ In reply to ]
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Thanks, rph60. I decided not to walk the marathon. I'm walking 1 mi/day, though and will increase.
Thanks for taking time to read and reply.
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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [rph60] [ In reply to ]
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rph60 wrote:
Glad you are doing ok. Staph is ok and usually superficial. Never not Staph..
You may get sore with amount of time you took off but hernia will not recur.
You will have some pulling/discomfort...
With your profile pic 4" big incision. But no big deal..

Robert

The staph infection was a carbuncle on my keister. I couldn't sit for a few days and it hurt like a mofo.

2018 Races:
Oceanside 70.3, Oceanside, CA, April 7th | Ironman Texas, The Woodlands, TX, April 28th | Finland 70.3, Lahti, Finland, June 30th | Jönköping 70.3, Jönköping, Sweden, July 8th

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Re: inguinal hernia and recovery [GMAN19030] [ In reply to ]
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That's putting it mildly....

Robert
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