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Thread: Anyone ever had hernia surgery? having surgery for one monday

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    Dec 2010

    Anyone ever had hernia surgery? having surgery for one monday

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    Its right in the center of my abs really small doesn't even hurt even when I'm lifting weights. But doc thinks I should get it taken care of now. Just wondering if anyone has had minor hernia repair and what I should expect during recovery like after a few weeks could you go back to lifting just like before? Did you have any problems with foods afterwards.

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    Dec 2011
    SF Bay Area, California
    I'd advise you to avoid an old-school "open" tension procedure (probably not under consideration for a small ventral hernia). A typical laparoscopic mesh repair will leave you with 3 small abdominal holes (navel & 2 bilaterally) and minor pain from the mesh attachment itself--probably 1-2 weeks recovery wrt general activity, but I can't speak to direct targeted stress such as lifting. There is a Hernia Institute in Pennsylvania that claims to specialize in low-impact repair and very quick turnaround; sometimes patients fly in and out same day. This is not a testimonial, as I have no direct experience with them, but you may want to read up on Dr. Goodyear's methods, which are supposedly even less invasive than laparoscopy.
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    May 2009
    Mid-Coast Maine
    Either way it will suck and you won't ever be the same, not drastically, just sayin' you probably could achieve the 98% recovery range, its the 2% that really sucks..........
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    Feb 2012
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    I had hernia surgery, I recovered fine and lifting weights afterwards wasn't an issue. I wasn't allowed to lift anything heavy for 4 weeks though (perhaps longer) and I could barely walk around the first few days.

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