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    Umbilical Hernia surgery recovery time?

    Anybody have recent experience with umbilical hernia repair? I talked to a surgeon about 2 years ago regarding repair, then decided to delay. 'Lumpy' has been hanging around with me for as long as I can remember, meaning at least 30 years and I may have been born with it for all I know. Anyhow, surgeon then said 'mesh repair, recovery time about 2 weeks'. I'm not concerned about the mesh but I find the recovery time of 2 weeks to be a bit optimistic. I'm pretty sure he also said it would be laproscopic.

    I have a second appointment with the surgeon next week, will likely go ahead and get it repaired depending on input here. It became slightly irritated during deadlift warm up sets last week, though it didn't give me any problems after that. Still very slightly irritated but not painful. I am altering my workout protocol until I talk to the doc.

    Any input is greatly appreciated!
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    Update: I saw the surgeon again. Turns out it is not an umbilical hernia, but a ventral hernia instead. Centered about an inch above my navel, slightly to the right. I'll be getting it fixed this coming Monday.

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    For reasons I won't state but you probably can figure out, I'd be interested to hear how your surgery and recovery goes. Please keep us updated.

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    Assuming surgery is today then! Best of luck!

    One tip: Sleep in a recliner for a few days as trying to sit up really blows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beetlegeuse View Post
    For reasons I won't state but you probably can figure out, I'd be interested to hear how your surgery and recovery goes. Please keep us updated.
    I'm will likely blog my results for the first few days. That's coming soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelkel View Post
    Assuming surgery is today then! Best of luck!

    One tip: Sleep in a recliner for a few days as trying to sit up really blows.
    Thanks and yes, it was Monday (yesterday). I'll be updating shortly but yeah, getting in and out of bed is a b!tch. More details coming.

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    Super boring ass blog entries can be found here. Hopefully, some of it is useful and not just boring (though I make no promises).

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    Not to bump an old thread arbitrarily but I wanted to upload some post surgery pictures and the blog tool for pics doesn't seem to let you upload from your computer.

    Some things to bear in mind:
    1. I'm fat right now.
    2. I'm also swollen in some of these pics from the trauma of the surgery.
    3. If you are squeamish, maybe this is not something you want to see.


    That said, here you go. The should have a logical order from oldest to newest but not sure how they will render.

    Note that I did not attach pics of the side scars from the first week. There really wasn't anything special to see there. Some bruising early on but healing up nicely.

    The first week, days are indicated in the file name. Day 01 was the day of surgery.
    Umbilical Hernia surgery recovery tiime?-02-day02-navel.jpg Umbilical Hernia surgery recovery tiime?-05-day04-navel.jpg Umbilical Hernia surgery recovery tiime?-06-day05-navel.jpg

    Today, about 40 days (almost six weeks post surgery).
    Umbilical Hernia surgery recovery tiime?-07-day40-navel.jpg Umbilical Hernia surgery recovery tiime?-08-day40-left.jpg Umbilical Hernia surgery recovery tiime?-09-day40-right.jpg

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    ^ thank you for posting that up sir

    Not all that bad in recovery, def a bit of a rough procedure -

    How’s the area where they stuck the mesh? Any pains, any other odd feelings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by < <Samson> > View Post
    ^ thank you for posting that up sir

    Not all that bad in recovery, def a bit of a rough procedure -

    How’s the area where they stuck the mesh? Any pains, any other odd feelings?
    Right now, there is only the 'new skin tautness' I mentioned in another thread. That is fading.

    For the first days and weeks after the procedure, I was convinced I could feel the mesh lol! It might be that I really could or maybe I was just imagining it. I suspect that it has now bonded with the tissues as I don't notice that same sensation any more.

    Things to be aware of that I'm not sure I mentioned elsewhere:
    1 - Brace yourself for the first several weeks after surgery when you sneeze. That sh!t will make you cry if you don't.
    2 - Same thing goes (for men) when you... let me put this delicately: ejaculate. Every 'pulse' makes you feel like you are exploding from the inside at each of the internal trauma locations. I'll let you all wonder how I figured this one out...
    3 - Get ahead of the pain for the first few days. That means use the narcotics they give you (unless you have an addiction problem, then get used to ibuprofen).
    4 - The day of the procedure, you will think 'hey this was not too bad. I am moving around pretty well!' Ignore that sh!t, that's the surgery drugs talking. You will feel worse on day 2 than you do the day of the surgery. See #3

    That's about all I can think of right now. There is a bunch of details from the first 3 weeks or so in my blog. I have been lazy about updating it since I started feeling better.

    Basically, it is a fairly straight forward procedure with a high success rate. That said, I can not recommend any more strongly that you DO NOT google or youtube this. Well, at least not until after you have the procedure.

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    I just got caught up on your blog, thanks for the updates. Glad you're (mostly) recovered.

    I hear ya on the sneezing. I'm one of those people who's sneezes set off seismometers. Not something to look forward to.
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    I had my final visit with the surgeon today. I got the 'you have no restrictions now' green light to get back in the gym For Real. I still have to ease back into it but man, I can't wait to start deadlifting again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beetlegeuse View Post
    I just got caught up on your blog, thanks for the updates. Glad you're (mostly) recovered.

    I hear ya on the sneezing. I'm one of those people who's sneezes set off seismometers. Not something to look forward to.
    Yeah, if you ever have it done, they will probably send paperwork home with you that says 'brace your midsection with a pillow' if you are going to sneeze.

    Forget that sh!t lol, at least in my experience.

    Find the spots where they went through the internal abdominal wall, not the skin because they likely won't be in the same place. You will know where those are.

    When you feel a sneeze or cough coming on, take your hands and press them flat against those spots as firmly as you can stand, one hand on each spot. When you sneeze, it will still hurt like a murf but it will be about 90% better than if you don't brace. For me, this lasted for the first few weeks but wasn't too bad when I knew what to do.

    And of course, this is just my experience. I am not a doctor and have exactly 0 other surgeries to compare to. :shrug

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    Quote Originally Posted by cylon357 View Post
    Yeah, if you ever have it done, they will probably send paperwork home with you that says 'brace your midsection with a pillow' if you are going to sneeze.

    Forget that sh!t lol, at least in my experience.

    Find the spots where they went through the internal abdominal wall, not the skin because they likely won't be in the same place. You will know where those are.

    When you feel a sneeze or cough coming on, take your hands and press them flat against those spots as firmly as you can stand, one hand on each spot. When you sneeze, it will still hurt like a murf but it will be about 90% better than if you don't brace. For me, this lasted for the first few weeks but wasn't too bad when I knew what to do.

    And of course, this is just my experience. I am not a doctor and have exactly 0 other surgeries to compare to. :shrug

    Taking the weight off of the side that hurts when about to sneeze always seemed to help me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cylon357 View Post
    I had my final visit with the surgeon today. I got the 'you have no restrictions now' green light to get back in the gym For Real. I still have to ease back into it but man, I can't wait to start deadlifting again!
    Oh take it slow with deads and squats. Real slow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelkel View Post
    Oh take it slow with deads and squats. Real slow.
    Slow and easy to start with, like a snail. It will still probably be a 2 or 3 weeks before I'm comfortable (mentally) getting back into heavier weights but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel so it's all good now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cylon357 View Post
    Slow and easy to start with....
    Start slow, then taper off. That's my motto.


    I once broke all the ribs on one side. And when I say "all" I mean every one of them. Several of them were broken in multiple places (a 'flail chest'). And I had a hole poked in the lung to boot. Plus various and sundry other broken bones and ruptured organs.

    Anyhow, if I could have felt all that brokenness the shock would have killed me so they kept me zonked on Dr. Feelgood for a couple of weeks. As soon as the fog cleared and I realized my ribcage rattled like a box of pick-up sticks, and it hurt just to breathe, I lived in mortal fear of my next sneeze. There must've been some mighty clean air in that hospital (and I was lucky the allergies that plague me now hadn't yet evolved) because it took a couple of months. Which was time enough that the ribs were pretty well knitted but it still hurt like a mutha because my ribs were all rearranged and the soft tissues (like the intercostals) weren't yet in tune with the new architecture.

    Yeowch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beetlegeuse View Post
    Start slow, then taper off. That's my motto.


    I once broke all the ribs on one side. And when I say "all" I mean every one of them. Several of them were broken in multiple places (a 'flail chest'). And I had a hole poked in the lung to boot. Plus various and sundry other broken bones and ruptured organs.

    Anyhow, if I could have felt all that brokenness the shock would have killed me so they kept me zonked on Dr. Feelgood for a couple of weeks. As soon as the fog cleared and I realized my ribcage rattled like a box of pick-up sticks, and it hurt just to breathe, I lived in mortal fear of my next sneeze. There must've been some mighty clean air in that hospital (and I was lucky the allergies that plague me now hadn't yet evolved) because it took a couple of months. Which was time enough that the ribs were pretty well knitted but it still hurt like a mutha because my ribs were all rearranged and the soft tissues (like the intercostals) weren't yet in tune with the new architecture.

    Yeowch.
    Dang! If you made it through that, hernia surgery would be a snap!

    I've bruised ribs before and it hurt like a b!tch for a week or so. I can not imagine how it must have felt in that situation. Have you fully recovered?

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    Oh yeah, that was years ago. My chest is lopsided but I'm 100%.

    I've broken ribs at least four more times since then (but no more punctured lungs). What's humorous (or humerus) is when I go to the ER and they shoot a chest x-ray, then they come back in holding it up to the light and asking "What the hell happened to you?" I've got so many healed rib fractures on that side that if makes the fresh ones hard to identify unless there's significant displacement.

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    Update

    So, around the 10 week post-surgery point, which is about a week and a half ago now, I injured the area around my navel. I did chins on that Saturday and on Sunday, I had some pain in that area. Feels kind of like a tear of some sort. Hopefully, this is not a new hernia but rather a tear of the scar tissue around the area that will heal on its own. There is some discomfort in the area and pain if I do certain things. I can still squat (though I'm sort of keeping it light'ish) but I have taken it easy with the weights since then.

    Also, before I tweaked my navel, I noticed that I felt bulges on either side and just a bit north of my ding dong, particularly while doing squats and deads. This is somewhere near the region that most hernias occur in men, I think. I was thinking 'well, f*ck my luck, I hope those can wait until end of year' because I don't want to go under the knife again so soon, but DO want to take advantage of being within a few hundred dollars of insurance out of pocket maximum for the year.

    I have an appointment with the surgeon on Tuesday and will update here.

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    Hope it's not a new injury. Keep us in the loop.
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    Had my appointment with the surgeon today. In short, all is good at the moment.

    He said that sometimes people strain scar tissue in the area of surgery and based on my description (it started off kind of painful but has mostly healed), he believed that was the case for me. I do feel a bunch better in that regard.

    He looked at the other problem, what I'm calling the 'pending hernias', as well. He could not feel any problems but once again, based on my description (feeling pressure on either side of my ding dong when deadlifting, etc), he didn't rule them out as a future issue, either. He gave me the green light again for all activity, in fact saying 'I want you deadlifting and squatting. Lets test it out!'

    BTW, If you have never had what I call the 'fishhook check for hernias', I totally recommend it! Wait, where is that sarcasm font...

    All in all a good visit. I will be deadlifting light'ish on Thursday. We'll see how that goes.

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