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Old 12-07-16, 11:54 AM
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What about getting back from Hernia repair

Man it stinks getting older. 62 years old here. I had three hernias repaired (2 inguinal and 1 umbilical) Nov. 23. It was more uncomfortable that I thought it would be. The doctor says 3 to 4 weeks before riding a bike and do what pain allows. OK! I am not real happy with that.

Has anyone had the surgery and what was your return like? I have been off the bike since mid November. I know that I will need to do the gradual build up. Anything else.
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I had a repair some time ago, and did what the doc told me. I don't remember how long the wait was, but it was at least 3-4 weeks. I seem to recall it was right about 2 months.

The doc specialized in hernia repair and was also a cyclist (one of the reasons I chose him). When I pressed him on the timing, told me not to push it because a second operation to repair any damage from coming back too soon would be a lot "messier" than the first.

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Doc told me six weeks..
I went back to work at 4 weeks.

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I was back on the bike two weeks post surgery, however, I was a few mph slower. In a month I was back to normal and I haven't had any issues with the mesh.
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I had mine down with a mesh when I was 47. Started back on the trainer at around two weeks. Several more before I hit the road. Doc said as long as it didn't hurt, I was fine.

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I had inguinal hernia surgery in August. The doc kept me off the bike for 6 weeks. Had a slow start but it only took about a month to get back to my usual distance and speed.
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I tried an easy short ride a week after a simple inguinal hernia repair, and that was a mistake. That evening I had a lot of pain, like intense sciatica on half my body. I thought I really screwed myself up, but I recovered by the next day. After two weeks I could do an easy short ride with no problems. After that I *slowly* built up distance and intensity and was probably almost 100% after six weeks. This was at age 66.
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It depends the kind of surgery I think: arthroscopic surgery, or the traditional way?
Was back on the bike three days later with arthroscopic surgery and a mesh for inguinal, last year.
No big deal compared to an arthroscopic surgery on the knee a month ago, where it took me two weeks to get back on the bike.
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