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    inguinal hernia

    I am scheduled for inguinal hernia operation in December. I plan on going back to work in 2or3 weeks after surgery. How long off of the bike if you had this done?

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    Ask your surgeon. In general, a laparoscopic hernioplasty will heal faster than an open procedure, and lifting restrictions are more stringent than other activity restrictions.

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    Had one done last November. Doctor gave me 2 weeks off work. I asked for one more week to start doing exercise, since my job can be physical. So 2 weeks I was back on the bike.

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    I had a hernia repair about three years ago and had a 15 cm\6 inch incision. If I had to do that over I would have opted for a laparoscopic approach.

    I walked around like a very old man for a few weeks because of that large incision. If you can have the key hole surgery method choose that, you can be back on your bike in a day or two.

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    I already scheduled my surgery and it is not laparoscopic. Hope it goes well. The doctor I went to prefers the tradtional method so I hope I am not sorry.

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    I had an open repair when I was ~20yo.
    It sucked.
    I couldn't even walk normally for a couple weeks.
    Coughing, sneezing, or laughing felt like someone was shoving a bowie knife into my crotch.

    I had a laparoscopic repair a couple years ago.
    It was a breeze!
    I felt like I could have hopped on the bike the next day, but the surgeon advised against it for ~10 days.

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    I had a double IG repair and it was dreadful. Two 6 inch cuts in a v pattern on my abdomen. It hurt a lot and took a long time to heal and I was young. I had some lingering pain issues for a year afterwards and every time I had to sneeze, I had to stand and lift my left leg into the air before doing so or it was terribly painful. Anyway, I have recovered and despite feeling like I have socks stuffed into my belly, it was good to get it taken care of.

    Take care of yourself and don't go out and try to mow the lawn or go back to work just a few days after surgery.

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    I also had a double repair and not at the same time. I had them about a year apart and both were regular open incisions.

    The initial recovery was about a week but I wasn't back on the bike "normally" for several months, but ymmv. Time off work was also 1 week. I was told no heavy lifting for a few months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvridgerider View Post
    I already scheduled my surgery and it is not laparoscopic. Hope it goes well. The doctor I went to prefers the tradtional method so I hope I am not sorry.
    From reading the others who had the traditional method, I wouldn't. Find yourself another doctor if he's not comfortable with laparoscopic. I had double hernia outpatient surgery 11/24. The next day I was walking, albeit slowly and gingerly, around the house. I was out walking the dogs today and plan on walking on the treadmill at the gym tomorrow. Doctor told my wife stairs and walking is fine, but no exercise (biking) until I see him in about 10 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvridgerider View Post
    I already scheduled my surgery and it is not laparoscopic. Hope it goes well. The doctor I went to prefers the tradtional method so I hope I am not sorry.
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    It could be alright, I had an inguinal several Years ago on a Thursday, back at work on Tuesday, sore yes, but biking might take 3 weeks or so.

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    I had a triple repair 5 years ago, and it went perfectly. I don't recommend rushing the recovery.

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    One reason why some doctors prefer the traditional method is that it reminds patients that they have to heal. It isn't just about the incision, it is also about the internal repair to the abdominal wall. That has to heal as well. I have had 2 repairs done, one on each side and both surgeons said that preferred to do the repair using the traditional method. The last time this past summer, I was able to walk around fairly well within a couple of days. I was back on my bike in just under 4 weeks. But I could feel it if I went too hard for a couple of months.Give yourself time to heal, you don't want to have another surgery

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    Well I decided on the Lapo. I spoke with a couple of friends, two traditional and one lapo. The one that had lapo said it went smooth and I am going to the same surgeon. Both surgeons I seen practice together and both differ in opinion. I will be off of the bike in Janurary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvridgerider View Post
    Well I decided on the Lapo. I spoke with a couple of friends, two traditional and one lapo. The one that had lapo said it went smooth and I am going to the same surgeon. Both surgeons I seen practice together and both differ in opinion. I will be off of the bike in Janurary.
    Just be careful to listen to your surgeon and do what he/she says. When I got back on my bike last summer after 4 weeks, the incision didn't hurt, but there was significant internal pain where the repair had been done. My surgeon told me that internal healing would continue for up to 6 months

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    Thanks, I am glad I am doing it in Jan..

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