Has anyone had experience with recovery after having inguinal hernia surgery? I have had discussions with the doctor about recovery schedule, but I wanted to hear form anyone that has actually gone through it.
I am following exactly what the surgeons have suggested for recovery, but it is taking a lot longer than expected. Up to the stage of being able to carry/lift 40lbs, but still not able to swim, bike or run. Because of the lack of movement I am obviously tighter and upper hamstring (very upper) is causing a lot of tightness and aching, not sure if that is the effect of the hernia or not exercising. Doctors say "people get all kinds of aches and pains in the mid section, some are routine, some not so routine". Was also told that the swelling could stay for up to 6 months or more. Stretching is hard because of residual pain still, but I am trying that as well.
Anyone gone through this that can provide some of their experience and strategy for a more efficient (hopefully fast) recovery?
I had Laporoscopic Inguinal Hernia surgery in December (actually, 12/12/12). Boy, I wasn't prepared for that one. From everything I heard, I'd be 100% back to normal after a few months. Nope. Not so. Did you have it done laporoscopically?
I was extremely sore after the procedure. A week later, I was walking around a track. I had to be careful when crossing the street to not step off the curb awkwardly or risk pain. Two weeks later, I was doing run/walk combos. Walk for a few mins, run for a few. It was fine. I was running short distances after 3 weeks, then upped my training (for Boston) pretty quickly after that.
I didn't get into the pool until 6 weeks after the procedure. I was very cautious and kept it very, very easy. I think that actually helped with recovery. I can't say for sure, but reaching out (very gently) and not letting that area tighten up felt good at the time.
Every once in a while, I feel a tug, or pull in the abdominal section. I've consulted with my doc and he said that's normal, since it can take up to 6 months to completely heal.
In my opinion, you should try to stay active, but keep it very non-strenuous. I think it will help with recovery.