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Anyone had a Hernia?

I just found out I have an Inguinal Hernia. It's been coming on for a few months and I just had the Doc have a look. He said that strangulation of the bowel is extremely rare, but I need to go on a 2 month, 5K mile roadtrip to make some very badly needed income. Am I spinning the roulette wheel? He said I could wait until it becomes really uncomfortable. What if that happens in the middle of corn-hump Kansas?

What's the surgery like? I've never had surgery before and I don't want to wake up puking my guts out, especially with stitches in my abdominal wall.

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Holy crap dude, sorry to hear that.

I don't have an answer as to what you should do.... wish I did but, damn....
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I had an umbillical hernia in 07. Surgery in the morning lasted about 45 minutes. I was home watching TV by noon.

You'll be LOW on energy and hurt for about a week, then slowly pull out of it over the following week.

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Minor / Major Surgery

My Doc told me that it was the most "minor" MAJOR surgery he performed. I managed to get to work in about 3 days but had flash backs from the anesthesia for about a month. Took about two weeks for the pain to subside enough that I could get up out of a chair without planning the move and about six weeks to feel like doing anything requiring physical effort.

You are rolling the dice here, it could stay about the same for a long time or you could move the wrong way an tear it more. Strangulation of the bowel is no joke and will require emergency surgery wherever you happen to be. Either way good luck, and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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Jeebus Mike what else can go wrong?
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I had one done when I was 20. I had a sharp, localized pain about once a month that would go away if I lay down or did a headstand. Then it was once every two weeks, then once a week, then every few days, then once a day. I finally saw a doc and had it fixed over christmas break as I was in school at the time. I got tired of finding an empty classroom and flipping myself upside down to get it to go away.

Laparoscopic is the way to go. 3 small incisions and that's it. I had a mesh put in on the inside wall and it's been fine for the past decade plus. Recovery: I was mobile on the 3rd day.

As for the road trip, how bad/often is it bothering you? Also, shop around on the surgery too. It's common, and a lot of places will do it.

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I have had mutiple surgeries for hernias. It runs inthe family in my case.
I had one in the stomach and one near each testical. I left the last one go for over 10 years. Finally I had enough and scheduled surgery. They had to open me up and use the mesh. Hurt like hell. I missed a month of work, needed stool softeners for a week and to top it off I had an obstruction of one of my seminal tubes and needed additional surgery to get that unblocked.

Hope I didn't scare you too much but everything is good now. HTH
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i had my inguinal done last year. had it done by lapriscope and was pretty much mobile in 3-4 days. i didn't think the pain was bad at all...never took any meds they gave me for pain but it was rather uncomfortable for a few weeks. had to wear loose fitting pants or mesh shorts, just have to watch how you move. depending on your pain tolerance it could go either way. if you do decide to wait, i used to use a jock strap without the cup for extra support since the waist band puts some tightness on it, and the hernia belts you can buy are not what i would call ideal. mine came out in the middle of my 18 week police academy and the jock strap helped a lot. just have to watch your movements like getting out of cars and lifting heavy objects.
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I had 2 hernias, both Inguinal. One one each side right below the pubes line.

First one I was in my early 20 and recovery was not too bad but I got a pinched nerve and had to have a steroid shot to have the muscles release the nerve and the nurse had to massage that area for a while. That was just terrible. LOL!

Next one was a few years ago. Got hurt at work lifting a very large CRT monitor. Didn't realize it at the time but work up the next day and thought, thats not right. Recovery wasn't to bad that time either. Work made me take a month off. After 2 weeks I was fine.

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