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    Sprained knees and now this!

    I'm just finishing up 6 weeks of PT for sprained knees. It seems I over-did it on the hills this Winter. That pain wasn't arthritis and I shouldn't have pushed through it.

    I've been getting in some 20 min daily rides now that the damage is mostly repaired but a surgeon has told me the bulge to the left my private region is, in fact, a large hernia.

    I'm due for surgery next Tuesday the 22nd. I'm not worried about it except that this is my 13th surgery with general anesthesia. I'm feeling lucky.

    I guess it'll be a chance to get some pictures and a write-up of my wife's new old 1975 Peugeot UO-18 on my site. I just finished cleaning and repacking the bearings. I also acquired another low-end ROSS bike, a 1978 Compact (curved tubes and drop bars) with a working Front Freewheeling System. It needs a total overhaul so I guess I'll keep busy. I'm bummed about missing Spring cycling season though.

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    gotta learn the advantage of the lowest gears.

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    Oh, I use them but they may not be low enough. Still, that's not what caused the hernia.

    Can anyone tell me what kind of mobility I'll have immediately following the surgery? I don't expect to do any riding for a month or so but, will I be mobile enough in a week to at least work on bikes?
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    close to normal in two weeks usually.

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    You should be back to riding in a week or so. You describe a "large" hernia, and I know that the size of the operation affects recovery time. I had surgery on a Friday and went back to work on Monday, which was a mistake. I was surprised how much it hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerlenbach View Post
    You should be back to riding in a week or so. You describe a "large" hernia, and I know that the size of the operation affects recovery time. I had surgery on a Friday and went back to work on Monday, which was a mistake. I was surprised how much it hurt.
    Without getting too graphic, yes, it's large. All I really know is that there will be mesh involved. I would assume that the incision might be large but I don't have all of the facts at this point. I've gotten apathetic about surgery and that's dangerous, I know.

    Judging from some of the other hernia threads, a week might be pushing it but I'm good at letting pain be my guide if I'm sure about what's causing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by borgagain View Post


    I guess it'll be a chance to get some pictures and a write-up of my wife's new old 1975 Peugeot UO-18 on my site. I just finished cleaning and repacking the bearings. I also acquired another low-end ROSS bike, a 1978 Compact (curved tubes and drop bars) with a working Front Freewheeling System. It needs a total overhaul so I guess I'll keep busy. I'm bummed about missing Spring cycling season though.
    Yikes! Read the first few words and thought we were gonna see shots of the herniated parts and surgical site, sutures, staples, dressing, etc. By all means, show us the UO-18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    Yikes! Read the first few words and thought we were gonna see shots of the herniated parts and surgical site, sutures, staples, dressing, etc.
    Not likely!

    I wear long pants (usually jeans) to cover the scars from the multiple compound fracture and resultant surgeries on my right leg, when I ride (rubber-band around ankle and everything). No bike shorts for me! I'm already geeky enough.

    I have shown these scars to a 23 year-old at work when he was boasting of his meager ones, just to shut him up. They are quite repulsive to most folks and I don't normally let my scars or surgical procedures out in public! I'll leave that to Carnie Wilson. Yeesh!
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    hernia

    Bummer,

    I was fairly mobile right after surgery. I was told not to lift over 10# for a two/three weeks, and not ride bike for a week (I waited two - then took it easy). Not worth popping things again! Each repair is tougher for them to do. I have had 3 (one side yeasr ago, then a double - both sides a couple years ago). Most docs use mesh now, pretty standard.

    Why "general" anesthesia. I went with local for the double, and although I have a pretty high pain threshold, it really was not bad. I think local is a much better situation for surgery, and post-surgery if you can go that way.

    Best of luck w/surgery. Take it easy after for a while!
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    Quote Originally Posted by borgagain View Post
    I'm just finishing up 6 weeks of PT for sprained knees. It seems I over-did it on the hills this Winter. That pain wasn't arthritis and I shouldn't have pushed through it.
    Sorry to hear the bad news. Are you seeing a sports med doc? My orthopedic doc was forecasting doom and gloom for me. Then I saw the surgeon who is a cyclist and a sports med doc. He changed the whole outlook. Read here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    Sorry to hear the bad news. Are you seeing a sports med doc? My orthopedic doc was forecasting doom and gloom for me. Then I saw the surgeon who is a cyclist and a sports med doc. He changed the whole outlook.
    No, I'm not seeing a sports specialist. The Dr who diagnosed the sprains, used to ride a bike (now rides the motorized variety).

    I didn't have nearly the severity of trouble you do and my knees are much better now. In fact I rode my '85 Cannondale SR300 to work last night and will ride it to PT (last session) later today. The PT folks have done a lot to strengthen the ligaments and surrounding muscles. The fact is, my leg muscles are in better condition now than they were before the sprains. I'm not sure what the time off after the operation will do but I'm guessing it won't be too difficult getting back to my current state of conditioning.

    I hope you make some good progress with your knee. It's annoying being sidelined by a simple (yeah, right) body joint.

    As for why the general anesthesia? I don't know and didn't know enough to ask. It only occurred to me to Google my surgeons name yesterday. I didn't find anything negative about him. As I said, I've gotten kind of complacent about surgery.
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