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    How long is surgery recovery?

    Been a car-lite commuter for a few months now, and am going under the knife for "right inguinal hernia surgery." Never had any previous medical issues...Doctor says no cycling for a month...is that too conservative? Not long enough? How long for all of you to recover from surgeries (hernia or not) and how to cope with bike withdrawals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitNquit View Post
    Been a car-lite commuter for a few months now, and am going under the knife for "right inguinal hernia surgery." Never had any previous medical issues...Doctor says no cycling for a month...is that too conservative? Not long enough? How long for all of you to recover from surgeries (hernia or not) and how to cope with bike withdrawals?
    You're going to let your doctor put you out and cut into you, but you're asking strangers on the net to confirm or override his instructions on recovery?

    I'd say ride the bike to the hospital. That way when he's done cutting on you, you can just hop on and ride home. If you don't bleed to death, you can ride to work the next morning. Ride on!
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    I've had this procedure done twice. Once on each side. (years apart) If you start cycling sooner just take it real easy and you'll be all right, that's what I did. By four weeks I was returning to light martial arts activity, which is way more risky than cycling for this type of repair.
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    Funny (or concerning?) that you mention that, as I asked my dr. that since my hernia was congenital, why doesn't it occur on both sides. His response: "I dunno, dumb luck?" (not sure if he was joking or not). May I ask, what caused your operations to be years apart?

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    I had a right inguinal hernia surgery on April 2nd this year. Doc said it was a big one. One month recovery time is the standard recommendation. I waited to ride until I got an OK from my doctor after 30 days. Other than some odd numbness below the incision all is well. Better to wait than risk having it done again. I'm sure you don't want that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitNquit View Post
    Funny (or concerning?) that you mention that, as I asked my dr. that since my hernia was congenital, why doesn't it occur on both sides. His response: "I dunno, dumb luck?" (not sure if he was joking or not). May I ask, what caused your operations to be years apart?
    My surgical repairs were over 15 years apart because that just happened to be when I developed symptoms on each side. (nagging dull pain where the lower abdomen meets the upper leg while standing)

    While usually a congenital weakness contributes to the muscle wall failure, (for this type of hernia) that doesn't mean it will necessarily give out at any certain time, if ever. You may never have a problem with the other side. Just make sure to slowly and gently resume your activities after the surgery to avoid damaging the repair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ok_commuter View Post
    You're going to let your doctor put you out and cut into you, but you're asking strangers on the net to confirm or override his instructions on recovery?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ok_commuter View Post
    You're going to let your doctor put you out and cut into you, but you're asking strangers on the net to confirm or override his instructions on recovery?

    I'd say ride the bike to the hospital. That way when he's done cutting on you, you can just hop on and ride home. If you don't bleed to death, you can ride to work the next morning. Ride on!
    Well when you put it that way I sound like an idiot...but in all honesty, although I learned the little I know about hernias in the past 48 hours, I'd wager I (and of us here) understand the physiologic and kinesthetic aspects of cycling much better than he. I'm also just encouraged to hear that I'm not the only one, and that my sac will one day return to its rightful place in the saddle.

    Surprisingly, he said that the recovery period isn't due to risk of reinjury, but rather because it is probably going to hurt a lot. Which makes me doubt him even more. I'm sure I'm worrying over nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ok_commuter View Post
    You're going to let your doctor put you out and cut into you, but you're asking strangers on the net to confirm or override his instructions on recovery?

    I'd say ride the bike to the hospital. That way when he's done cutting on you, you can just hop on and ride home. If you don't bleed to death, you can ride to work the next morning. Ride on!
    Well when you put it that way I sound like an idiot...but in all honesty, although I learned the little I know about hernias in the past 48 hours, I'd wager I (and most of us here) understand the physiologic and kinesthetic aspects of cycling much better than he. I'm also just encouraged to hear that I'm not the only one, and that my sac will one day return to its rightful place in the saddle.

    Surprisingly, he said that the recovery period isn't due to risk of reinjury, but rather because it is probably going to hurt a lot. Which makes me doubt him even more. I'm sure I'm worrying over nothing.

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    I know some people who don't trust doctors. They say yes they really are PRACTICING medicine. Somethings they will trust them on and other issues they won't. They woudl rather hear how other people are dealing with their issues.

    I know as a child cough medicine wasn't something I took. My grandmother did not trust it and used other remedies to get rid of a cold or cough. They worked too. lol.
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    I had an incisional hernia repaired on a Thursday afternoon. Friday morning, I was out putting around the neighborhood on my folding bike. Saturday morning I was attacking on a training ride, albeit for not too long! My doctor told me I could do whatever I wanted to do as long as I could stand the pain, that I would not tear the mesh loose. But, he thought I would be in way too much pain to go for even an easy ride. It was less painful riding than walking! I was completely back to normal in a couple weeks or less, riding very hard within a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveF View Post
    I had an incisional hernia repaired on a Thursday afternoon. Friday morning, I was out putting around the neighborhood on my folding bike. Saturday morning I was attacking on a training ride, albeit for not too long! My doctor told me I could do whatever I wanted to do as long as I could stand the pain, that I would not tear the mesh loose. But, he thought I would be in way too much pain to go for even an easy ride. It was less painful riding than walking! I was completely back to normal in a couple weeks or less, riding very hard within a week.
    Thanks daveF! Stranger or not (truthful or not), that was just the response to make me feel 1000% better about the situation! I'm not big on mind over matter, but I've witnessed doctors who don't really care for a patient's quality of life, but rather how many extra patients they got stuck with for the day.

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