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May 3, 2012
Men's 65
21 posts
Doctor says I have a hernia
I went to the doctor Monday and he said I have a hernia and referred me to a surgeon. Has anyone had this done? Just trying to figure how long I will be out.
May 3, 2012
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
793 posts
When Coachie had his done they told him that there were several kinds of hernias, and he was lucky on the type he had. He was back to normal activities in a couple of weeks (he played ball within a week but probably should not have), but he is off heavy lifting forever. I do not remember what they called the type he had.
May 3, 2012
Men's 55
394 posts
Runs in my family, dad has had 2, brother 2 and me 1, groin area just below the waist-line, right or left. When I was 10 and my dad had the surgery it was a hospital stay, mine was outpatient. They don't even use general anesthesia anymore, they dope you up then use local in the area of the surgery.

Recovery Roughly:
First 4-5 days, pain meds every 4 hours (2 percocet)
1 week still sore and tender, becoming tolerable without meds
2 weeks pretty normal but still some tenderness
3 weeks ready to play

May 3, 2012
Men's 65
21 posts
Thanks Shane

My pain is in the middle just below the waist and also below that on both sides.

I've had people telling me 2 months to recover but hoping it's shorter than that.
May 3, 2012
Men's 70
473 posts
Different docs use different methods. I recall soemthing about a "Canadian" procedure which maximized quick recovery. Try to get a recommendation locally. Try to find a doc who specializes in this type of surgery. Ask how many
hernias they fix a year and ask about all the different approaches and benefits and risks of each method. Make clear what you are trying to accomplish (back playing quickly) and then ask the best approach for that and what are the risks. You are the customer, make them sell you on why you should use them. Bring paper and pencil and someone else to keep you on track with the questions. Good Luck and speedy recovery.
May 9, 2012
9 posts
I have had both low and high repaired--it took longer for the low one to heal and be able to play and not worry---high one back playing and diving for balls in 4 weeks best I remember.
May 9, 2012
Slowest Pitch
Men's 75
18 posts
I just had an Inguinal(groin) Hernia repaired on 5/4/12.
I had an option of general anesthesia or a local in the area. I opted for the general at the recommendation of the anesthesiologist. I have a friend that had a local for his repair and said NEVER again.
A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall, and when the hole gets larger the intestine protruds more frequently, and the hernia grows.
That was my case, which causes more swelling after surgery. My testicles are swollen, which makes moving uncomfortable. First 3 days after surgery, ice is very important--30 min on 30 min off all day. The swelling is going down now.
The typical repair is using a mesh screen to cover the hole, and that's what I have.
My Doc said recovery time is 4 to 6 weeks, and I will be shooting for 4.
If you want more info, send me an email with your phone # and I'll call you.
May 9, 2012
Wayne 37
Men's 60
371 posts
My best advice is to do what your surgeon recommends. I just had my knee scoped. The doctor said 4 to 6 weeks, and he was on the money.
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