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I was swimming short distances about two and a half weeks after surgery, riding the trainer the week after that, and running at four weeks. I started walking short distances a few days after the surgery but very very slowly.
My surgeon told me nothing but walking for the first two weeks then anything I could tolerate (sans lifting anything over 15lbs) until around the six week mark.
I'm not 57 ... but I did get mistaken for a 50-54 year old at a race last summer!
Had lots of swelling issues where guys don't want swelling for ~3 weeks afterwards (managed to take off work). Still a little tender and incisions are a little sore when stretched or bounced around.
Walking somewhat normally at 1 week. Light swimming at about 2.5 weeks. Light biking at 3 weeks. Brief half mile run at 4 weeks. Ramping up bike mileage now (2.5hr w/ hills yesterday) for upcoming events. Will pick up running in time for IMAZ in November :)
If you read the medical journals, the return to activity rates after repair are really really good. There's no way I could continue to train the way it was going before surgery. Almost ruined my entire season.
As far as recovery time, seems like I remember the laparoscopic taking less time. In general, plan on having the mobility of a 100-year old man the first day and take 10 years off for each day thereafter. That sums up my experiences fairly well.
For reference, I am 54 YO and have had my three previous inguinal hernias over about 20 years.
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I'm 38. I had an inguinal hernia repair on Aug 1 via open incision. I took 48 vicoden over the six days per the surgeon recomendation. For the first afternoon and day 2 i did one every four hours, for day 3 thru 6 it was two per four hours. It worked out to five doses per day, as i woke at 5 due to the pain. I under estimated the recovery pain. I went to a surgeon checkup on day 8 and work on day 9 and it has been very difficult. It's painful and if you are like me you will be hoizonal for all of your waking hours for a week except to go to the toilet to pee, which was very painful. My first dump was on day 7, after the vicoden was stopped. I took stool softeners and milk of magnesia on day 4 thru 6. My bowels were adjusted by day 8, which was not pleasant. I feel a little better every day. Occasionally i have some odd shooting pain down the inside of my leg adjacent to the repair that almost makes me fall over when it happens, the pain from that lasts about four minutes, which is not pleasant. Today i was at work until four and i have been horizontal since arrival at home, with the exception of dinner, until right now at 8pm where i lay with my laptop.
I understand my story sounds bleak, maybe i'll make light of it in a few weeks.
somewhere in that vicoden haze i scored deal on three bike tools that showed up today. After seeing the box i remembered i ordered something but couldn't remember what sweet deal i got. D-hanger alignment tool, new cassette tool and something else i can't remember, and i dont want ot get up to see what it is. i'll wait until i have to pee.
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