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Recovering After Hernia Surgery (Page 9)


April 22nd, 2012
3 months on I stil have swelling and numbness under my scar as far down as my inner thigh is this normal. Hernia
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replied April 25th, 2012
Hernia recovery
I was told I had a hernia I was supposed to have three small incisions.......I woke up with THIRTEEN VERY PAINFUL INCISIONS... No one explained why...I am in so much pain and after reading these comment I assume the pain won't be going away no time soon
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replied April 25th, 2012
Wow sounds like something went terribly wrong. I would demand an explanation. Make yourself comfortable. Lots of pillows to lay on and around you. I found it most comfortable NOT laying completely flat on my back but instead with pillows behind me supporting my back and head, pillows on my sides, and in my lap. Take the pain medication religiously but beware, constipation will occur. Plenty of stool softners. My Dr gave instructions to take 3-4 per day although the product said to take 1-3. It will be uncomfortable and painful passing a bowel but the stool softners can at least help. Good luck!
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replied May 1st, 2012
My doc told me i'd have 4 incisions but I woke with 10 very painful ones! at my 2 week follow-up IO asked and he told me the hernia was larger than he originally believed it to be. I'm at 3 weeks out and have pain when I move certain directions and still can't sleep in my bed (sleeping on the sofa). I am feeling better, but it's one day at a time, some days are better than others. After reading this forum I'm less depressed, feeling like maybe i am recovering normally. Just have patience and rest. The doc told me at my follow-up that it's hard to explain just how painful recovery is for this type of surgery. He didn't tell me that before surgery! When did you have surgery? and remember to take stool softeners or prune juice - constipation is an unfortunate and painful side effect from the painkillers. it took me 10 days before i could go and it was painful (a ripe banana and warm milk finally helped). good luck with your recovery.
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replied May 23rd, 2012
Recovery from operation
Hi I am from Australia, 58 years old and reasonably healthy ( except for bad knees, that's another story). I had a laparascopic hernia repair 2 days ago, I have little pain and so far have stopped my pain medication. There is only very little swelling and I can get up and down from a chair, walk and get in and out of bed with little pain just have to be careful how I move. I actually want to start back at work tomorrow (desk work only) but after reading this forum I will wait till next week and continue to take things easy. My brother in law had the same surgeon operate about 2 months ago. He had 2 hernias laparascopicly repaired with mesh. He had been suffering with adhesions for over 30 years and before the operation could not lift his arms over his head without pain and could only travel short distances in a car due to stomach pain from the adhesions. When the surgeon operated on the hernias he also released the adhesions. My brother in law can now play bowls, lift his hands over his head and is planing a 2000km car trip.
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replied May 25th, 2012
hi i had incisional hernia surgery six days ago i am on pain killers constantly and still in a lot of pain over the hernia site rather than the incision sites is it normal to have lots of bruising and blood over the hernia site, how long do you think i will be taking pain killers for, my doctor said i should be back to work in 2-3 weeks but i just dont see it right now.
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replied June 9th, 2012
Hernia Surgery
All posts are very helpful
Hi Freinds m juuz 19 year Guy who is sufering frm this...jst get incongruoinal hernia surgery before 10 days ago...little swelloing is still running.. bt i can walk a km per day....Little bit pain while sleeping....but all the way is goin goood enough...
Praying for fast recovery
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replied June 16th, 2012
Problems with Constipation after Surgery?
To the folks who have had trouble with constipation caused by usage of narcotics, I can offer a few suggestions, from my own experience. I firmly believe that steps should be take on the night before surgery to facilitate bowel movements post operatively. Most surgeons will not think to mention this, but I think it is very important.

The first thing is to take two stool softener capsules before midnight of day of surgery. Secondly, a good second step to add to the effects of the stool softeners is taking Mineral Oil....this is cheap and I believe is one of the most underestimated treatments for constipation. Taking these two together the night before surgery can certainly help prevent constipation, then taking perhaps one more stool softener capsule in the morning. Do this every day during the recovery period and I believe your constipation troubles will be over.

Of course, one must help things along by eating as many high fiber foods as possible, when they can be tolerated. Initially it is wise to go with a liquid or soft diet, then work in a high fiber regiment as soon as this type of diet can be tolerated. Best things to add to a high fiber diet include bananas and other fruits and vegetables, and of great benefit is adding flaxseed to your diet. If you have a blender, a great smoothie with fruits, low fat or almond milk, protein to help in muscle and ligament healing, and flaxseed (from health food store), will go a long way to help eliminate problems relating to constipation.

These are steps I took when I had problems with constipation and they worked like a charm. I hope these tips can benefit someone.
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replied June 18th, 2012
Hernia repaire
Hi all I had my insisnial hernia repair done thurs it's now mon eve they didn't do key hole like they promised re cut my appendix scar an used the mesh, was home thur eve all was ok fri sat an sun was clock watching to take pain killers, but today woke feeling loads better haven't taken pain killers today, still only walking around the house as don't want it recurring but looking forward to a stroll tomorrow an hopefully light swimming next week once stitches have desolved, im still very tender an bit sore but feel a lot better than I thought I would feel on day 4,
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replied July 1st, 2012
Inguinal Hernia Surgery Recovery
I had an inguinal hernia surgery on my left side on May 30. It's been a month now, and I'm almost back to normal speed. I was walking around SLOWLY Day 2 after surgery. They recommend that you walk around to help with circulation and healing. It's not easy at first because your body is "rebooting" back to normal. Honestly, I can relate to pregnant women and post-labor women. I had laparoscopic surgery, so my belly was expanded, and it was uncomfortable for about 2 weeks to walk around. I had to wear lose clothing because I couldn't really fit into my normal clothes. My stomach is back to normal now. It really made me realize how much we rely on our core for everything!

As for exercise, I have never been a lifter. I normally ran, jogged, or walked. I was on the treadmill on Day 2 at a 1.0 speed. A week later, I was briskly walking on the treadmill on an incline at a 3.3 speed. I plan to be jogging/running soon again. I would just say to do what is comfortable and listen to your body. If you feel pain, stop. I was advised not to lift any heavy things, not do any physical strenuous activity, and not do any hard sports for the next 3-4 months.

If you are interested, you can watch my videos that I chronicled during my surgery and recovery at http://youtu.be/5NwjjhMFO8Q.

One negative note: There is a 15% chance one can get a hernia on the opposite side after getting hernia surgery. It's how your body compensates and balances itself. I've started feeling similar symptom on my right side. Sad I'm hoping that it's not another hernia. Either way, I would appreciate any positive thoughts and energy. I find out on July 6 when I meet with my Primary Care Physician. Wish me luck!
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replied July 9th, 2012
My Experience - Hernia and Hydrocele
Recovery is vastly different for everyone - I'd like to report my experience thus far. I had surgery mid-day on Friday for a right inguinal hernia and a large hydrocele on the left side. Hernia repair was done with the mesh - not laparoscopically. Seems to me lots of the problems arise from laparoscopic procedures, but some docs like them because it's quick. Mine was an outpatient procedure, so my wife drove me home about 4 pm. I don't have stitches on the ouside - skin is glued together by derma-bond (good stuff) Rested the remainder of the day and overnight using ice and hydrocodone for pain as prescribed. I spent the time either in a recliner or in bed. I didn't alow the discomfort prevent me from getting up to go to the bathroom and to move around occasionally. Moving around did hurt, but not excruciating pain. Important point - for me, the transition from sitting/reclining did hurt, but following through by standing up straight actually caused the pain to decrease once I was fully upright. I stopped the hyrocodone on Sat AM and have only been using Tylenol since then. I continue to walk as much as possible and have been up & down the stairs several times. Another important point - use a mild stool softener, especially while you are on narcotic pain meds. For men, I suggest having a spare jock strap so you can wash out the one you were wearing when they sent you home. Clean dry dressings are a must, and they make you feel better. I found that athletic undewear shorts with the space for a cup are better for sleeping - much more comfortable than the jock strap at night. Dont use the cup - but the extra space for the cup gives you some more room in case your scrotum is swollen. Get the athletic underwear shortts and exra jock strap well before your procedure and try them on so you know how to arrange everything when the time comes. In short, I feel truly blessed that things are going so well. As I write, this is Monday AM, only 72 hours after the surgery and I'm at a place I had only hoped to reach in a couple of weeks or so. I know it is not this easy for everyone but I thought it best to let others know this type of surgery can be tolerable. I'm hoping and praying that the recovery continues was well as it has begun. For the record, I'm age 64, in moderately good health, don't smoke or drink, and I had the hernia repair done about 2 months after it first appeared.
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replied July 9th, 2012
inguinal hernia
I had open hernia repair surgery 2 days ago. sometimes it very sore to move about and walk, its like a sharp pain where the mesh has been placed. the wound itself is not sore to touch though
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replied July 10th, 2012
Hard Lump Remains 6+ Weeks Post Open Hernia Surgery
I had open hernia repair with mesh on May 25th, so I'm 6 1/2 weeks post-op. I've had very little pain but have been struggling with swelling during the entire time. I don't understand why at this point I still have a very large egg shaped hard lump where my hernia used to be. It has been virtually unchanged for 6 weeks. I had an ultrasound 2 weeks ago and there was a lot of fluid in there (seroma), which I had drawn out 3 times, but the 3rd time the doctor was not able to remove any fluid. I have been wearing a compression belt for 5 weeks. If I don't wear the belt the swelling becomes worse and walking becomes painful. I am very fit and have been in a depression ever since the surgery because I usually recover from injury/surgery very quickly, but my "egg" is preventing me from getting out and exercising like I used to. Exercise makes the lump swell even with the belt on.

Can anyone help????

My surgeon just wants to wait and see what happens. I had to see another doctor to get the ultrasound and used that to convince my surgeon to try draining the fluid. I'm wondering if the hard lump that remains is a hematoma and the blood won't fit through the syringe needle. Anybody know? I am so tired of feeling and looking bad.
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replied July 16th, 2012
post hernia surgery
Hello all, I am 30 and was in good shape when I had my laparoscopic repair with mesh for an inguinal hernia on my right side. I had no pain before the surgery it was just a small egg looking lump. Had the surgery almost 4 weeks ago and feel like I'm back to normal. I plan on playing golf this weekend (about a month and 3 days post op). I will do some walking and light running this week to make sure all is well and then hit the links. I like all the post here.

To answer some folks questions about sharp pain that was uncaused. That would be you nerves reconnecting in the area. So sometimes you'll feel it around the scar other times it might go down your leg a little. All normal though. I know all of this because my wife is a very well educated RN and took great care of me after the surgery.

I think the drastic differences in recovery times that we are seeing on here have a lot to do with age, physical fitness of the person before surgery, and how well you have taken care of it post op. I hope this posting has helped. Keep posting guys, it's a great way to get knowledge out there.
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replied July 31st, 2012
8 months post surgery
I posted in this forum a few times over the past eight months, I don't remember if it was this particular thread but I think so. I am a 24 year old male, active and healthy. 8 months ago I had a left inguinal hernia repaired with mesh. The surgeon gave me a very optimistic recovery time of 6-8 weeks, and it was much longer than that. It took me about 6 days post-surgery before I could even get up and walk further than the bed to the bathroom; it was a lot of pain. Anyway, I worked past it. My surgery was Dec 8, 2011 and I got myself back into shape and did a 7 day cycling trip in April, and felt better than I ever have. Now I am working as a raft guide for the summer, so I am very, very active. I am rowing and paddling almost every day, and biking and hiking on my days off. Resting as much as I can because I still have pain, even 8 months after surgery.

I had recurring pain rather often after the surgery. There were two very different types of pain and I could easily distinguish between them. There was the pain cause by the fact that I had been cut open and a mesh sewn into my abdomen, and there was the pain that felt exactly as I did prior to the surgery...like I still had a hernia. As the months went by and the pain caused by the surgery went away, I still had pain, and it felt like I still had a hernia. I went back to the surgeon probably three times, and he told me it was normal...the incision and the mesh are right where the nerves are, so its normal to feel pain. Often times, the surgery doesn't even do anything for the pain, although it does fix the problem (anyone else ever been told this before?). Anyway, the pain came and went, I saw a different surgeon for another opinion and he assured me I was fine, maybe cut back on the physical activity a bit, but it was not a recurrence of the hernia. It was just pain.

Okay, I can live with that. It will go away. But now I have a different pain, and I've only had it for a week to ten days. When I had the hernia-type pain, it didnt matter what I was doing, how I was moving, if I was standing, sitting, running, the pain was always the same and constant. Now I am feeling pain that I am quite certain is related to the mesh. It feels really tight, for starters. And it changes depending on what I am doing. I can be sitting on a couch, like I am now, and its okay, but if I lean forward to grab something from the coffee table, it hurts. It hurts when I am active, depending on what I am doing. It just feels really tight and feels like something down there is stretching. Its NOT a constant pain, which is actually what worries me. The constant pain had a fairly reasonable explanation, it could be managed, and it wasn't sharp, it was quite dull. This pain is sharp, it comes in bursts depending on my movement and position, and it is actually holding me back from some things. It sometimes hurts to lift, and it sometimes hurts to row rafts, and I can't have that if I am to do my job safely.

I just want to know if anyone else's post-surgery experience is similar. Its been 8 months and its not gone, and its really frustrating. My job and my life are being active, so I need to be healthy. Now its also really hard on me mentally. I first noticed the hernia in August 2011, a year ago. Lived with the pain for four months, got surgery, and have lived with various forms of pain ever since. Its been one year where I have had pain much more days that I have not. I hope some of you will share your experiences and let me know what you think.

Thanks very much,

Mike
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replied August 4th, 2012
I am 38 and had open surgery on an inguinal hernia 16days ago. The first few days were very uncomfortable and the first time to the bathroom brought tears to my eyes. They recommend to take a glass of prune juice for every pain pill u take. I spent the first 3 days in a recliner and was driving in a week. I've been walking around doing daily activities but I notice if Im on my feet for a few hours, driving too long or bending too much that I become very swallowen and the next day I'm in moderate discomfort and completely out of energy. I'm currently receiving disability which pays nothing and asked my Dr to return me to work Monday (hoping by then there would be a noticeable improvement. In hindsight it was probably not a good idea as I work in sales (commission based) and can walk up to 10mi during an 11hr shift. I was told it could take at least 8 weeks before I am able to due any strenuous activity. Who determines strenuous? I'm released to work on a trial basis with restrictions however I'm now worried that rushing back to work would not only risk causing more harm but would also be counterproductive if I'm unable to keep up with my customers. How much walking is too much? Does anyone else have the same problem the day after like myself?
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replied August 4th, 2012
I am 38 and had open surgery on an inguinal hernia 16days ago. The first few days were very uncomfortable and the first time to the bathroom brought tears to my eyes. They recommend to take a glass of prune juice for every pain pill u take. I spent the first 3 days in a recliner and was driving in a week. I've been walking around doing daily activities but I notice if Im on my feet for a few hours, driving too long or bending too much that I become very swallowen and the next day I'm in moderate discomfort and completely out of energy. I'm currently receiving disability which pays nothing and asked my Dr to return me to work Monday (hoping by then there would be a noticeable improvement. In hindsight it was probably not a good idea as I work in sales (commission based) and can walk up to 10mi during an 11hr shift. I was told it could take at least 8 weeks before I am able to due any strenuous activity. Who determines strenuous? I'm released to work on a trial basis with restrictions however I'm now worried that rushing back to work would not only risk causing more harm but would also be counterproductive if I'm unable to keep up with my customers. How much walking is too much? Does anyone else have the same problem the day after like myself?
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replied August 6th, 2012
how much weight is noraml to pull after the hernia operation
actually i had a hernia operation 5 weeks ago i was not completly fine but there was no pain but now i feel pain not coutinusly but having a pain due to lifting haveing weight and walking too much
so now i think i should stop walking and i much avoid pull the weight
could any one tell me what am i normal or is there happning some thing wrong
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replied August 20th, 2012
hernia repair
i am a 30 year old male who had the surgery 5 days ago. the recovery is going ok i thought until last night. ive had no pain medication at all which i thought the hospital should of supplied me but nevermind.
last night i had trouble sleeping and had nightmares threw the night and woke up this morning with the need to vomit. im feeling better as the day goes on but unsure to why the sickness and nightmares?? can anyone offer any assistance.
i would like to start at the gym and back at work but just cant do it yet
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replied August 25th, 2012
Hi Folks
Thought I would share my experience. I am 23 and developed a hernia just above my man bits on the left. Had it repaired by a key hole operation in October 2011. I could barely stand up because of severe pains in my stomach after surgery but still got sent home the same day. Took 3 weeks out of work as per doctors orders then went back to work. Did no heavy lifting for about 6 weeks and no sports for about 3 months or so after. Then in May/June i noticed the lump again in the same area and though it was just fatty tissue because I gained weight from being not active for a long period of time. Turned out that its the same hernia. So now I had the open surgery repair on the 10/08/2012 and its 2 weeks post op. I had bad pains in the area of incision the following day and found it hard to get up and straighten out. Received my orders from doctors before going home about light walking for 1 week, no driving for 2 weeks and no lifting for 6 weeks. So here's me sitting at home only walking to the bathroom and back to bed for the first week. Then started to sit up on the chair and going to kitchen for the second week. Pain level is very low at this stage I am feeling really good then I had to go to other town on 13th day after surgery did a bit of walking over there and by the end of it I developed a bit of a stiff feeling in the incision area when I am walking along with a burning sensation. When I got home I sat down on my chair and relaxed, when I went to get up I started to experience sharp pain, same as I experienced on the following day after surgery, and now the incision can be a bit painful from time to time and I am finding walking a bit uncomfortable again along with this sharp pain being random when I get up or twist.
Little to say I am seriously worried about this because given my history that my first surgery wasn't successful. I am not debating whether to go see a doctor or tough it out.
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replied September 19th, 2012
Ventral Hernia (with mesh) surgery & post pain
I am 12 days post ventral hernia surgery (mesh installed)
49 yr old female
I have days where I feel great then days where pain meds won't even kill the pain. I don't have my follow up app until Nov 8 and this is Sept 19!
I adhere to surgeons instructions for activity.
Anyone else experiencing similar pain, please email me
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replied October 8th, 2012
You should try to get a follow up sooner than that if possible. It's usually three weeks post surgery. I would contact your doctor and see if they can see you sooner. My doctor told me three weeks before I would see him again. Hope this helps. Take care.
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replied October 29th, 2012
Wow I had mine 6 weeks agitation still having complications hut my Dr had me back inthere one week later. I've seen him 3 times since mine. I would think trying to call to get in sooner would be a really great Ideal! Wish you the best......GOD BLESS
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