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Old 05-31-2010, 12:41 PM   #1
Matthew Edwards
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Hernia surgery

Hi all,

I was just diagnosed with a hernia by my PCP at a routine physical (actually bilateral) so I want to get verified by a specialist. I had two when I was born that were repaired when I was 4 years old so not sure if he was just feeling scar tissue or what. I have no visible bulge and he just said he could feel pressure and "weakness".

I know several people throughout the years have had hernia surgery, and for any of those still around I wanted to ask how things have gone since your surgery and what method you had. I have bad memories of the first go round (my only ones really from before I was 5 years old). And am not looking forward to a second go round. I am even more worried about having a mesh put in there. I have read several stories on the net of people ruined due to folding, migration, etc. I believe that is the rare occasion but wanted to see how people are doing now that are doing the same kinds of physical activity as me. I have thought about the pure tissue repair option and wonder about the viability of that. Just scared a mesh put in me now could be recalled in 10 years. That has already happened to more than one mesh, which was considered safe when put in...

Thanks for help allay my fears
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Old 05-31-2010, 04:34 PM   #2
Brian Strump
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Re: Hernia surgery

I had the mesh for a unilateral hernia 9 years ago. I chose mesh for 1 main reason; the chance of needing another surgery is basically nil, versus the other options out there. The recovery time is alittle longer, but in 3-6 months you should be able to return to all your normal activities.
I have not had any problems following surgery, but unfortunately with any surgery you have your risks.
I think the fear of a recall is irrational, the odds of that are minimal, and the odds that that recall would effect your particular mesh and causing you the symptoms responsible for the recall are even smaller. You've got a greater chance of opting for the other kind, and needing another surgery. As is, it seems like you already have issues in that area.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:41 AM   #3
Kevin Moore
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Re: Hernia surgery

I had abdominal hernia surgery last february. They used the mesh as well a surgery glue. I was working out after 10 days.
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Old 06-01-2010, 03:08 PM   #4
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Re: Hernia surgery

I had a mesh repair on my abdomen about 1.5 years ago. I can still feel it if i am doing certain exercises. recovery was no fun.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:53 PM   #5
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Re: Hernia surgery

Hi Matthew,

I had the same surgery, also bilateral, in 2007. My symptoms prior to the surgery were only on my right side and consisted of psoas and illiacus spasm and general anterior hip tightness.

The initial week post-surgery was extremely uncomfortable. I could hardly move and had a lot of pain. I timed a 100m walk on about day 5, and it took ~15mins. Don't eat a lot because the bathroom is not comfortable!!

My recovery after that was fairly linear. I started with the absolute basics of abdominal activation (took ~7days before I was able to maintain a TA contraction and breathe on all 4s), and just built from there. Sub-max pushup sets by about week 5-6. Max pushups sets by week 9. I started run-walking by about week 5, and completed a half-marathon week 9 (2hrs). I wasn't doing a lot of heavy squats/deads/overhead at the time, but I would strongly recommend that outlay a linear progression starting from nothing to your current lift numbers and stick with it. Be very conservative.

Good luck
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Old 06-02-2010, 05:22 AM   #6
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Re: Hernia surgery

Damn.....I am staring this in the face right now...I hope I get results like Kevin.
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Old 06-02-2010, 01:44 PM   #7
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Re: Hernia surgery

More than two years later I am "reminded" of my repair every day. It's not necessarily outright pain, but both psychologically and physically it makes its presence felt. Beats the alternative of not repairing it obviously, but all around not terrificly fun.
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