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kevmci
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posted Dec-18-2006 08:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kevmci   Click Here to Email kevmci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone had surgery for a hernia? How long did it ake until you could run again? Thanks.

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Runningstmarys
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posted Dec-18-2006 03:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Runningstmarys   Click Here to Email Runningstmarys     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, 4 years ago I had one repaired in the right groin area. It took me 3 weeks to start running again. I walked every day and built up to it.

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dwelledge
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posted Dec-18-2006 08:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dwelledge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It took me about a month and I still had a little discomfort. But it is all good now. Good Luck and take it easy to start.

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tommy14277
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posted Dec-19-2006 04:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tommy14277   Click Here to Email tommy14277     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a double hernia op. One side much worse that the other, but the Doc wanted to kill two birds with one stone.

Guess it took me close to a month where I felt pretty comfortable running. Mind you I'm 52. If you are quite a bit younger your recovery time should be less. One thing I did experience even months after the surgery, was every now and then, I would get a lot of pain on one side. It would only last for a day. But this went on and on for me up to 6 months after the op.

Tom

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grunner56
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posted Dec-19-2006 07:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for grunner56   Click Here to Email grunner56     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by tommy14277:
I had a double hernia op. One side much worse that the other, but the Doc wanted to kill two birds with one stone.

Guess it took me close to a month where I felt pretty comfortable running. Mind you I'm 52. If you are quite a bit younger your recovery time should be less. One thing I did experience even months after the surgery, was every now and then, I would get a lot of pain on one side. It would only last for a day. But this went on and on for me up to 6 months after the op.

Tom



We are at 8 years since my surgery and I still get pain in the area. The way the doc did his stiching of the patch.

Anyway Take the meds when you get out of the surgery, you will feel no pain and think yes this is great only to be struck down with oofah pain an hour later. Day one is bad day two is better day three I was walking to the neighbors house day 4 walked around the block ran at day 16 but was walking 6 miles at day 12 thru 15.

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ttsanford001
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posted Dec-19-2006 07:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ttsanford001   Click Here to Email ttsanford001     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a double hernia repair with one side significantly worse than the other. It also took me 3-4 weeks from the date of the procedure. I was able to walk on a treadmill after only two weeks. Like someone else mentioned, I am still sore in that area after a difficult workout - I am two years removed from the procedure. Good luck.

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rented mule
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posted Dec-19-2006 08:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rented mule     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had naval (sp?) surgery a year ago this week. It was slow going for a few weeks without lifting anything very heavy but within a few months, I was doing incline situps. I have no problems at all today. They left some type of mesh in there to ensure that it didn't happen again.

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kevindorsey
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posted Dec-21-2006 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kevindorsey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello All,

What type of surgeon would you choose to perform your surgery? General, Orthopedic, Arthroscopic Hip specialist, etc.? Two days ago I torn some muscles in that area. They bleed so much that the ER Doc thought I had an inguinal hernia. It was painful and ugly! I have an appointment with a general surgeon and wonder if I should find a specialist to do the repair.

--Thanks for the input

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rolling1977
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posted Dec-26-2006 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rolling1977     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It took me six weeks to get back to normal activity. I still get twinges of pain there, when I overdo it. I paid close attention to the hernia area and cut back on activity as soon as I felt anything there. I was very conservative in my recovery.

Kevin, I went to a general surgeon. The most important thing is to ask around and get some recommendations. Also, some surgeons do more cutting than others. The procedure has changed in the last 10 years, and can be done in a less invasive manner, with meshes to support the area, instead of just stitches.

Good luck and don't rush your recovery!

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kevmci
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posted Dec-27-2006 10:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kevmci   Click Here to Email kevmci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was referred to a general surgeon. He does mostly hernia surgeries. He has given me an optimistic recovery timeline. I talked to someone else who had the same procedure in October and was back to normal within 10 days. There has been a lot of advances so it's clearly much different that 10, even 5 years ago.

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nyterunner
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posted Dec-27-2006 10:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nyterunner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had an inguinal hernia repair with mesh and was back running minimally in 4 wks but back to a few miles by 6 wks and able to build from there. I still have twinges in the area. Probably just scar tissue adhesions. A general surgeon is what you need. My surgeon recommended mesh because I am active.
The first week was not easy, but slowly got better. Good luck and plan for at least 4 wks! You don't want to rupture anything and have to go in for a second operation.

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ryhoffman
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posted Dec-31-2006 07:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ryhoffman   Click Here to Email ryhoffman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm glad this question is being asked, as I just had a hernia surgery on Wednesday (today is Sunday). So far, today is much better than any of my previous days, but not ready for a marathon yet . . . I was wondering the same thing - when I'd be ready to run again. Seems like 2 weeks is a safe bet, with walking as soon as 1 week after surgery. I don't care as much about the pain, but I don't want to cause some sort of issue where I'll need the surgery again. This is one surgery I don' want to do twice.
In my brief experience, take the meds for the first few days, then switch to Ibuprofen. Make sure to continue with your ice regimen. I took off my bandage yesterday and was up and about most of the day. When I went to go to sleep last night, I was all kinds of swollen and in the most pain of the day trying to lay flat.
Good luck.

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kevmci
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posted Jan-02-2007 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kevmci   Click Here to Email kevmci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmmm, interesting. My doctor is advocating walking beginning on day 2 and running for a few minutes a day beginning in week 2., and back to 100% of activity by week 4.

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Originally posted by ryhoffman:
I'm glad this question is being asked, as I just had a hernia surgery on Wednesday (today is Sunday). So far, today is much better than any of my previous days, but not ready for a marathon yet . . . I was wondering the same thing - when I'd be ready to run again. Seems like 2 weeks is a safe bet, with walking as soon as 1 week after surgery. I don't care as much about the pain, but I don't want to cause some sort of issue where I'll need the surgery again. This is one surgery I don' want to do twice.
In my brief experience, take the meds for the first few days, then switch to Ibuprofen. Make sure to continue with your ice regimen. I took off my bandage yesterday and was up and about most of the day. When I went to go to sleep last night, I was all kinds of swollen and in the most pain of the day trying to lay flat.
Good luck.


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desertrunnerAZ
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posted Jan-05-2007 03:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for desertrunnerAZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey,

For what it is worth, I just had hernia surgery Dec. 27, 2006. My surgeon told me I could run easy within 7-10 days, and he said to just let common sense be the guide. In other words, if it hurts don't do it, and take it easy on squats, lunges, etc. for at least a month. But, running easy a few miles at a time he seemed happy to tell me to do as soon as I felt up to it after I took the incision tape off (I had laparoscopic repair with mesh for bilateral direct hernias). I must say, for 9 days after the surgery, I feel good. I sneezed today and for the first time in 11 months it didn't cause me any pain.

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larry
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posted Jan-12-2007 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for larry     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Had laparoscopic on Jan. 4th. On the 5th, I walked (shuffled) around the block a couple times. On the 6th, walked a mile slowly. 7th, 8th, 9th, walked three miles at a pedestrian pace. 10th & 11th, walked/jogged (jogging very easy) three miles. Today the 12th. walked 2, jogged 2 easy. So far, so good. Unable to run for entire month of Dec. because of hernia pain. One week post-surgery I am pain free and see no problems stepping up the effort gradually.

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rolling1977
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posted Jan-17-2007 10:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rolling1977     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You dudes are ironmen, walking and running so soon. Either you are much younger than me, or I'm a sissy. My recovery was slow, but my surgeon did the "big cut" thing, all those years ago, and I remember it like it was yesterday.

Glad to hear you all have had such good recoveries!

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