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Recovering After Hernia Surgery (Page 2)


May 10th, 2010
Hello Jaws,

It is tough. I am amazed that the information provided suugests that patients will be almost back to normal in a matter of days. I am now approaching six weeks since my op. The skin sensitivty/pain is slowly disappearing but I am still numb and puffy in the area where the hernia first showed itself. Tonight, I lie in bed typing this having been forced to get an early night as I did a little too much today. I know, after a rest, I shall feel better. I think people should be under no illusion, this is a long recovery period. On a positive note, I do feel I make steady but slow progress day by day. My scar tissue is still hard and lumpy but I hope this will smooth out over time. Good luck with your recovery.
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replied January 27th, 2012
Hi i am on my 4th day agter my hernia mesh op i am up and mobile, slowly walking around the house, but when does the swelling go down in ur testies.
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replied March 13th, 2012
I am 3 weeks post and the testies still hurt no matter what type of underwear i try they all hurt and then without them the testies hurt. The worst is in the mornign with the soldier at attention I run to bathroom to pee to relive the pain. I use ice but this type of hernia has a long recovery period.
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replied May 12th, 2010
i had incisional hernia repair about six weeks ago and i have pain occasionally. I had a JP drain taken out after 2 weeks and now the area under the incision is very hard and my stomach looks distorted. The swelling is annoying because i look like im pregnant. What can be done to eliminate the hard bulge?
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replied May 17th, 2010
Normal recovery time for open inguinal hernia surgery
I had right side, open inguinal hernia surgery 4 weeks ago. Things seemed to be healing OK the first 2 weeks, but now the pain (2 to 4 level)seems to be there whenever I use my right leg or am sitting. The pain at times seems similar to the pain before surgery except a little less. I had considerable damage to the Inguinal wall from the hernia tearing at the wall for 18 months before anyone could detect the hernia. Would this be normal healing pain or is something else going wrong after the surgery?
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replied June 5th, 2010
I also had the inguinal hernia repair 10 days ago. I am 52 and feel a lot better now. I dont do much lifting at the best of time ,I am taking it easy letting others take the stain so to speak. I do have that lump which others also mention. it was a insision, and i was totally sedated. I have changed the dressing myself aftre showering, but wonder how long i should keep putting a dressing on. after two weeks should i just leave it bare ? i imigine the hospital will call me back or have me call again with my GP.
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replied June 27th, 2011
unless you se an infection, you should be able to shower without the dressing, of course, adjust the shower so the streaming is fairly light. myself i left the dressing on until the evening of day 3 post-inguinal surgery. helps to use anti-bacterial soap, especially if your skin is at all sensitive to the dressing tape which mine was.
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replied March 13th, 2012
The day after my surgery the hospital told me to remove the dressing completely all that was left was a strip of white tape which fell off after 12 days. I amthe same age as you and this is my 3rd week and I feel a little wrst than last week. I am supposed to return to work 1st week of April and my job is lifting 90lbs to 127lbs parts all day long. I am hoping my doctor keeps me out longer. If I go back in the six weeks they said I feel like I will tear the mesh. I got belly and inginual done at same time..
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replied March 25th, 2012
had umbicil hernia done on 3/5 went back to work 24 th on my feet for 8 hours no bending or heavey lifting still sore on right side of belly button tummy muscles very tight. iam sure my weight problem is an issue for recovery iam 80 pound over weight 90 % of it in my belly
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replied June 12th, 2010
thanks for the advice. it seems like patience is key, and at least 6 weeks to recover. Has anyone made a full recovery from the surgery? If so, how long did it take you?
I'm a few weeks out, and I'm trying to be patient, but how long until I can do high-impact stuff like surfing or 4wheeling? And how long did it take before you could have sex again?! I'm DYYYIIINGGG here . lol

at least I can handle walking and driving.
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replied November 8th, 2011
I had hernia surgery. About 4weeks ago. And sense then I've had indegestion alot. Is this normal can some one help me
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replied March 13th, 2012
Sex could take months from what I was told if you have before full recovery back to the op table
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replied June 13th, 2010
I had incisional hernia repair on May 12, 2010, so yesterday I was exactly 1 month post op. I have approximately 6 incision sites. I thought I'd be back at work within a few days, but ended up staying out 3 weeks. It was much more painful than I had anticipated. I was in so much pain in the recovery room I had to be given 2 Demerol shots in addition to the morphine in the operating room. Before I could leave the hospital I was given 2 hydrocodones as well. It took me three tries to get out of the hospital bed to use the restroom. I slept on my reclining couch for over a week, since I couldn't lie down flat. On the fifth day I was in tears due to the pain, but after having a bm, realized that was the reason. In the first two weeks I took 2 whole prescriptions of hydrocodone for a total of 50 pills. I now just take Ibuprofen. I went back to my surgeon 2 weeks post op and am going back again 5 weeks post op. I still have some swelling throughout my abdominal area...I look pregnant, but part of that is just because I need to lose weight! Please be aware that this surgery is painful, but in order to not risk a strangulated intestine, it is important.
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replied June 22nd, 2010
Trouble coping with post surgery
I had Bilateral hernia surgery 5 days ago, and reading your comments scare the heck out of me. The doctor told me recovery time of 2 weeks, but I`m hearing 12 weeks plus. And I move furniture for a living, and 61 years old. Do Drs. lie to get the work, and what do people do that have Jobs ? Not everyone works at a desk. Some people have bills to pay. I realize that I need to find easier work, but for now I am swollen everywhere, it hurts to go the bathroom or cough , and how easy is it to mess up the surgery, even being careful. Sorry I`m having a bad day cause I was told the recovery was much, much faster. My pain level has been alot, the pill make me very sick to my stoma Thanks for letting me vent......
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Users who thank rjanderton for this post: tiggerthetiger 

replied June 22nd, 2010
Recovering from bilateral inguinal sports hernia surgery caused by football (soccer). 7 weeks post op now and had first 5 a side competitive match yesterday. No pain but fitness diminished after 7 weeks with no full exercise.
From what I can gather it appears the recovery time varies and I think it may depend on the surgeon.
I went private and got one of the UKs hernia surgeon specialists.
Like many of you, he "lied" to me about recovery time and said I'd be back to full exercise in 4 weeks.
I had rehab through a physio who said it was more like 9 weeks before I would be playing again.

7 week post op is apparently quite good to regain exercise. Some can be quicker and obviously some longer.

A good rehab/stretching/exercising program is vital for recovery and the physio informed me that a lot of it is pyschosomatic. People worry about the pain and then "fear" pain which then leads to a longer recovery

Don't get me wrong, it hurt like mad post op- I went in after playing football the night before, fit and healthy and walked out crippled!
Pain subsided enough to drive after 1 week. Was on exercise bike and swimming after 4/5 weeks. Now back to football but only once a week.
Expected "full" recovery in about 2 more weeks

Scar tissue still hard but loosening with physio.

My advice???:

If you have the choice, choose your surgeon carefully. Sounds obvious but a surgeon specialising in hernias is going to be better than a surgeon who does one "once in a while".
My major advice is get physio-especially the those in UK. NHS just does surgery and kicks you out of the door with no rehab plan. Follow ups and physio are vital.

Hope this helps any of you but feel free to ask anything and would be happy to help
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replied July 16th, 2010
Phew
really pleased I decided to look online. 2 half weeks
post op for open mesh for an inguinal hernia and NOW pain is kicking in. Wound has healed beautifully still lumpy bumby but oh it seems there is a cactus underneath
my groin skin and the soreness is not good. Had no post
op care in and out same day-so called my GP today. Explained wanted to start work next week and was this normal? ( Leaflets given do not mention this If I was to believe them I would be back on my trapeze act by now) She mentioned...if pain persists for next 6 weeks..
to go back,,,as op may have failed noooooooooooo.
This is not allowed happen...so I am glad to have found
some re assuring words of comfort on here..thanks to you all . Have now had words with my "wound " and told it to heal...
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replied July 20th, 2010
I had laparascopic repair for a double inguinal hernia almost 9 weeks ago,i'm still having discomfort doing almost any kind of everyday movement bending,sitting.walking even laughing.
Anybody out there been that long and does it get better.

Paul very frustrated tennis player.
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replied July 21st, 2010
light exercise
Hi Paul,
I had open surgery so maybe not best person to help you but although my pain was non existent after 9 weeks it seems other people are not so lucky.
To start with, the pain got better VERY slowly. I had a massive improvement over about 2 weeks. Somewhere about weeks 4-6.
This could mean you maybe nearing this stage soon??!!??

Have you been trying to exercise? Walking, exercise bike etc?

Reason I ask is although I'm not a doctor, I did learn a lot about my condition pre and post op. (If someone is a doc, please confirm or deny following!!!!).
Apparently the pain is because of the muscles not the hernia. It is something to do with the surgeon stretching and pulling the muscles surrounding the hernia during surgery. The best way to lose the tightness and pain is very light exercise.
I walked around the block once a day after about 3 days post op. It was very painful and I was hunched like quasimodo but eventually it got easier and less painful. Eventually I increased he distance etc etc.

Have you managed to walk anywhere? I was told to grin and bear it and it would get better!
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replied July 22nd, 2010
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Who did your surgery, thefury2000? Gilmore? Lloyd?
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replied July 22nd, 2010
Hi the fury 2000,
Thanks for your reply,yes i have been doing some walking i'm up to nearly an hour every other day.
Been back to Doc's today he's had a feel round and reckons everything is still ok.Told me to take the pain killers i never used at the start.
So i'm grinning and bearing and taking the tablets!!
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replied July 22nd, 2010
Hi fuerza,

Op was done by guy in manchester- Mclennan.
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replied July 28th, 2010
Hello hernia people, I had surgery 2 weeks ago. I must have had a good surgeon. To be positive toward everyone, I feel fantastic. I walk my dog, ride an excersice bike. I have soreness still and slight pain, but the pain killers help that out. My doctor laughed when I told him I wanted to go back to work after 4 weeks. He said absolutely not! No one should go back prior to 8 weeks. Full recovery is absolutely necessary. It is an odd and common surgery, where there is wierd pain, wierd swelling, but very common. Can anyone tell me how soon I can swim in my swimming pool?
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replied August 8th, 2010
8 weeks after inguinal hernia repair with mesh!
I had a inguinal hernia repair nearly 8 weeks ago.Left Side
Forget what the surgeon tells you
It hurts and is very uncomfortable...
After 4 weeks I went back to work...I was extremely depressed through and after this procedure.And the pain does not go away after 4 -6 weeks...
It is still swollen and the scar is a 3 inch one and still bumpy..the redness moves around so it must be healing.
It has definitely ruined my summer.
I live in Nj and I am a barber/hairdresser.
The weigh 135 and am 45 years of age.
I have not fully worked out/except walking and pilates a little over this period. I cannot carry much and it takes me three times as long to complete a task

It is true that it is extremely slow to heal...
I have had a few minor surgeries in my time but this one was the worst...
Physically and emotionally tired and thinking about it all the time...
It has truly robbed me of a summer all together and not wanting to be around people either...
Then again during this period my mother passed away so it made it all the worse I suppose

About this surgery..I had the mesh ..and the pain and stabbing has subsided..but the overall discomfort and reminder of this is very much there...
I wish that doctors would be truthful with you and not lie...its true everyone heals differently..but to be honest the older you are...it doesn't get any easier...especially when it is an open surgery and not lapriscopic...
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replied August 9th, 2010
Not a very nice feeling AT ALL in the old tum!Had mine done 3.5 weeks ago with open surgery here in Chester, UK. There is a rock hard area about the size of a credit card! I am diabetic and told it DOES take longer to heal so it looks like I will just have to put up with it for now. No driving for 4 weeks and NO lifting until you feel it is OK to...patience!!
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replied August 9th, 2010
Question on Hirenia
I had surgery with the mesh about 5 weeks again. I am now experiencing burning paid around the site and occassional sharp pains. Not enough for pain medication, but it doesn't seem to be getting any better. My surgeon only check me one week out and then didn't need to see me again. I am wondering if this is normal or you would get back to the doctor?
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replied April 21st, 2011
its amazing to me that so many doctors minimize the recovery of hernia surgeries..i had an inguinal left side surgery 3 years ago..the doctor chose not to use the mesh and just stitched it...well it came back 3 months later and is now worse..
and all i can say about the recovery is, it was the worst and most painful post surgery ive ever had...and ive had many..had my kidney removed and many other open surgeries for the kidneys and the pain and recovery time werent even close..
i scrotum looked like a black bowling ball for weeks..major bruising..and i was sent home right after the surgery..i am a singer, and went back to work the following week because the doctor said i would be fine..I WAS NOT FINE>>
allow yourself plenty of time to heal..
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replied August 12th, 2011
Did you have a reducible hernia. Ie, could it be gently pushed back in? How long were you walking around with a hernia bulging out?
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replied August 10th, 2010
Hernias
It has been very helpful reading posts on this site, as I had a laproscopic op for a femoral hernia 9 days ago. Other than a bloated abdomen,which I know will gradually decrease, I feel really great. Zero pain and have not had to take one painkiller since the op. My doc has allowed me to start driving and I have also been able to do a gentle 3 mile walk on flat surfaces (of course) - those hills can wait!
Just itching to get back to the gym, but know I have to take each day at a time but all in all not bad for a 60 yr old!!
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Users who thank Ozmum for this post: norbeck 

replied August 13th, 2010
Great Forum, Inguinal hernia repaired 3 weeks ago done full open could not do laparascopic. Only had 3 days of discomfort. Swelling down within a week. Walking now 3 miles. Problem / concern has been the Hard Lump under the incision. Doc says it's normal but still have concern. Reading this forum provides a sense of comfort that hopefully the lump will dissolve within another 4 - 6 weeks. Thanks for all the posts.
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replied March 13th, 2012
My doctor told me it takes like 5 to six months for lump to disappear.
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