Hernia operation time...



  • Got the letter last night - going in to get my insides poked back inside, and the doorway sewn shut. Just talked to the nurse, she said two weeks of doing nothing, then 6 weeks of 'light duties'.

    Doctor Bart is looking at a week of light duties, and then 7 weeks of hard training before the NABBA Asia Pacific Championships in Rarotonga...!!

    So anyone else had ops, recovery times etc? My Hernia is righy by belly button, and when it pokes out to say hi is about the size of a pea sort of thing.

    SO plan is first week back at gym lots of cardio, and light wights high reps - no real strain, just keeping the muscles working, and then start working back into some real weights, and hitting my straps again by weeks 3 and 4 - with weight belt - more as a security blanket than needed I expect!!



  • Its not really the same but when I had my Appendix out a couple months ago they gave me exactly the same recovery schedule as yours and told me the risks of hernia. I was sore as buggery for a week and pretty sweet after that. Driving was a c*nt though, every break was horrible.

    General anesthetic too.



  • Bart, what's the op? I think mine was bi-lateral inguinal hernia (laproscopic) repair. Basically means they make tiny incisions and use a camera to go in and fix both sides of ya belly. Anything similar?



  • think they were just going to slice and dice! Is so tiny anyway, was almost temted to say 'no', but need to get it done, and don't want to go back on waiting list. When I first saw the doc many months ago, he said in laymans terms, poke it back in, and sew the hole up. Not going to mesh patch it or anything, too small. I'll take my camera and ask them to take photos....



  • Yeah ok, mine was a bit different so yeah had the patches and staples shennanigans too. Might be a bit different then, but anyway.

    Because of the nature of doing mine laproscopically meant that I had a quicker recovery time. Was back playing netball/touch within 2 weeks, although probably should've given it at least another couple of weeks as felt a bit dicey a couple of times at full stretch jump on the court. Laid off the heavy weights until about week 3 but then got back into them fairly quickly no probs. Not quite as heavy as you're lifting though.

    The first 3-4 days I think it was, was walking around the house all bent over. Thing that surprised me the most was the amount of internal bleeding and where it all drains to. Takes the saying "blue balls" to a whole new level. Enjoy!



  • lol - and oh my goodness. Fingers crossed it is as simple as I have described - my Doc said it was super simple, lets see if the Iranian bomber was lying!



  • 29 minutes. in at 7;30am, last view of the clock in the operating theatre just before 10, next second, or so it seemed, waking up with 29 minutes of my life gone forever!! Out and visiting traininer for measure and fat tests by midday!

    so all good so far, pain not too bad, have not seen the wound yet, still under cover. But only two stitches, so can't be as bad as it feels!!!



  • Sweet!! That's bloody quick. One of the oddest sensations I've ever experienced waking up from an operation. Once I was with it enough to talk, I asked the nurse who was fussing around the recovery room if I was going in for my op anytime soon.

    Now comes the bleeding...



  • sweet so far - took yesteday off and almost finished the book of the series the pacific. Good book!!

    AS for hernia - minimal discomfort - back at work today, and did our normal 5k walk this morning. Swollen around wound, but that is. Such a small operation - doc even asked "why are you getting it done, it is so small"!! I said I don't want my guts to explode out when squatting heavy weights at the gym - he said fair enough!!

    So I think this is going to heal very fast and not hold me back for long.

    Is funny waking up. I rmemeber being in the operating room just after the pumped the drug into my arm, the nurse saying to open your eyes so we know when you go under - it must have been a nano second later that I was gone!



  • hernia going great guns - or healing. have a two inch horizontal cut above belly button, stitches have dissolved, but still plenty of swelling still, and while poking and prodding plenty of scar tissure underneath too.

    But have managed to workout fine - lighter weights in the main and higher reps.

    Only exercises have not been able to complete are chin ups and pulldowns - you use your stomach muscles heaps in those exercises!

    but Smith machine squats were sweet, leg extensions, bent over rows on msith machine, seated rows, shoulder press, lat raises (seated), pretty much everything, so now it is just a matter of waiting working the weights back up and getting confidence back!



  • How long was your waiting time for this procedure?



  • Ahhh, not tooo long. Got it on ACC - doc was most surprised, thought I was pushing shite up hill with trying to get it via that, but worked. Anyway, first went to Doc and got on waiting list probably around Janaury, then went to specialist, but asked not to get knifed before July, which they obviously read. SO I think I would have been waiting much less if I had not asked that - basically got it as soon as I was ready for it!!

    You herniated Baron?



  • Yeah I recall mine rolled around really quick also (on ACC) - was less than 3 months, maybe 2?



  • [quote name='Bones']Sweet!! That's bloody quick. One of the oddest sensations I've ever experienced waking up from an operation. Once I was with it enough to talk, I asked the nurse who was fussing around the recovery room if I was going in for my op anytime soon.

    Now comes the bleeding...[/QUOTE]ah yes, I've had a couple of weird experiences under the knife. Had a back op a long while ago, had the anaesthetic, counted down from 10, got to 8, then felt the trolley move and heard voices, panicked a bit tbh and mumbled as loudly as I could manage 'wait, wait, I'm not asleep yet' - they laughed, I was on my way from recovery back to the ward having had the operation. My Grandad always said he reckoned that being under general anaesthetic would be what it would be like when you were dead.

    Second one was my shoulder op a couple of years ago, asked me to count up from 1, got to 20, she upped the dose, got to 1 minute she called for the senior anaesthesiologist, he tried, whilst he was trying, he asked me what I did, ended up with me talking him through the new pension legislation that had just been announced and what it would mean for his pension, I'm surprised he didn't pass out - he started trying other things and was genuinely puzzled, apparently they'd never had anyone take so much jollop. By the time I finally passed out I'd had so much opium type anaesthetic I was absolutely flying, it was absolutely brilliant!



  • [quote name='Dodge']Second one was my shoulder op a couple of years ago, asked me to count up from 1, got to 20, she upped the dose, got to 1 minute she called for the senior anaesthesiologist, he tried, whilst he was trying, he asked me what I did, ended up with me talking him through the new pension legislation that had just been announced and what it would mean for his pension, I'm surprised he didn't pass out - he started trying other things and was genuinely puzzled, apparently they'd never had anyone take so much jollop. By the time I finally passed out I'd had so much opium type anaesthetic I was absolutely flying, it was absolutely brilliant![/QUOTE]Hah, rather the opposite of a dentist visit of mine when I was about 13 then! Man I had some fucked up teeth. Two rows of them. Anyway, a lot of my baby teeth didn't fall out by themselves so I had to have a lot taken out by the dentist. First visit I nearly passed out getting up off the chair after having 2, maybe 4 taken out. So they tried different anaesthetic the next time. Turns out I was pretty resistant to that stuff! So after about 10 jabs (with that big munter of a steel needle) and still being able to feel pretty much everything, the dentist decides to start trying to yank my teeth out anyway, thinking that it was just acting slowly and I might be ok. Turns out I was right, about 95% feeling I'd say.

    Back to the old anaesthetic then.



  • [QUOTE]My Grandad always said he reckoned that being under general anaesthetic would be what it would be like when you were dead.[/QUOTE]

    I agree. Is weird, you are just gone. and then awake, and the time under is just lost forever. I wasn't asked to count, she just said keep your eyes open, we were talking about who knows what, and next minute I am waking up in recovery!



  • [QUOTE]
    You herniated Baron?
    [/QUOTE]

    Nah my tennis hitting partner has, and I was wondering how long before he would be back in action!



  • ah shit - my one was tiny, while I can lift weights and other CONTROLLED things, It is twisting and sudden movements that are not good. Could be a
    while!



  • I had a decent sized hernia back when I was in 6th form. I didnt know what it was so I just left it. The old 'she'll be right', mind set. Even though shit should never be right if u can push a lump back inside of you for it to pop straight back out lol. Anyways long story short, I did some major damage doing hills one day which made the hernia which you could see outside the body the size of my fist. I had the key hole surgery and was going all guns blazing. Got back into the gym, and playing rugby again which despite having clearance was still to soon and I burst it open again. One of the most painful things Ive ever gone through and it came out twice as bad. Ended having to be fully sliced open (got about a 4-5 inch scar from it) to fix it. Well the lesson I tried to bring out of this little rant lol is that everyones different. Each hernia is unique and different, as is the recovery. People can do different stuff at different times, depending on the sports they play etc. All I can say is obey the body. The specialists can give you a general outline, but the best judge is the person whos had the op. That, and do lots and lots of core rehab. Dont make the mistake I did