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    Ten Weeks Post Hernia Op

    On August 15th I went in to have my 20-year-old hernia repaired. I had been putting it off for so long thinking it wasn't that big a deal. I had even consulted with a surgeon about 10 years ago who told me that as long as it's not bothering me physically or emotionally, I didn't really need to get it fixed.

    Well, this was the year that I felt like I wanted to be physically normal, and since I didn't have any competitions this year, I decided I could take the hit to training for recuperation. At this consultation, I met a different surgeon who advised me to keep all physical activity to walking for six weeks. Then at my follow up he'd let me know if I could resume normal activity.

    I found out when I woke up after the operation that I had three hernias...a triple hernia. I had an umbilical hernia that I didn't know about that had weakened my abdominal wall causing the first hernia to form. That was a surprise.

    Leading up to the operation, I was reading about hernias and learned there's something called a femoral hernia where the muscle tears over by the...guess what...the femur. This can cause destabilization of the hip joint to the point of one leg becoming longer than the other.

    Now, it's been a while since I posted, so maybe no one remembers the horrible problems I've been having for about three to four years with my hip and sciatic nerve. I haven't been able to do any front-loaded work and no deep hip flexion(especially front squats, ruling out full cleans and snatches) without losing stability in the joint and feeling pain radiating all the way down my leg.

    After reading about femoral hernias, I probed the muscle tear and found how far toward my joint the tear had grown and started wondering if that had actually been the source of my pain and dysfunction.

    As soon as I arrived home (about three hours after I woke up in post-op) I started my walking regimen. I made it about 50 yards before I had to turn around and come back to the house. I did this a couple times per day, going a little farther every day, and over the course of the six weeks of post-surgery recovery, I worked up to two miles daily.

    Now I'm four weeks into my "normal" routine where I'm working at getting "normal" again. After my six-weeks of walking, the surgeon gave me the okay to start lifting and running, so that's what I did. I started out with deadlifts and bench press and running 10 minutes at 2.8 mph. The next day I ran 15 minutes, then the next, 20 minutes.

    I've worked up to 35 minutes at 3.2 mph so far, and after a few days of deadlifts and bench press, I decided to try a squat. It was shallow and painful, the hip still telling me it's no good yet. Why would it be? It's only been 10 weeks since the surgery, and it took many years to get this bad.

    I settled into a somewhat daily routine of running and power clean + press. I run 4-5 times per week and lift 3-5 times per week. I started out with low weight and lifting at 80 pounds this week. Every day I do Power Clean 2x5, plus one "as many" set followed by one Power Clean plus five presses for two sets and one additional "as many" set.

    There's also a little KB clean and press from time to time.

    Oh, I bought my son one of those Bonobo Gym 1 contraptions, so I do a chin up or two every time I walk into the kitchen.

    Time will tell if my hip will improve with the reinforcement of the muscle wall there. Today I introduced a little light strengthening of the lower abdomen (leg lifts for 20 seconds), so maybe there'll be some positive results from that.

    Maybe.

    It's a long road, and this is a meandering post. I'm not sure what my point is, but I thought it might be important for someone out there to read about this experience.

    If you made it this far, thanks for reading.
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    Wow, you have been through a lot in a short amount of time. Be patient and take your time with the rehab, which I know you are. Great to see you back at it and glad you are feeling better.
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    Wow, wishing you a full speedy recovery
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    Good to know since I'm dealing with the same type of injuries. Found out I have a double hernia yesterday. I'm also getting a MRI on my lower back.....my leg/nerve has been killing me for 5 weeks now, something is really bad there. On top of all that I have a mass that has to be removed off my spin, between my shoulder blades.

    It's been a rough year trying to stay under the bar, but I have. To make things worse, I have to drive to Texas on Dec 3rd for my sons AF basic training graduation. Oh, it's gonna happen, one way or another.....
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    Originally Posted by Marius_Ursus View Post
    On August 15th I went in to have my 20-year-old hernia repaired. I had been putting it off for so long thinking it wasn't that big a deal. I had even consulted with a surgeon about 10 years ago who told me that as long as it's not bothering me physically or emotionally, I didn't really need to get it fixed.

    Well, this was the year that I felt like I wanted to be physically normal, and since I didn't have any competitions this year, I decided I could take the hit to training for recuperation. At this consultation, I met a different surgeon who advised me to keep all physical activity to walking for six weeks. Then at my follow up he'd let me know if I could resume normal activity.

    I found out when I woke up after the operation that I had three hernias...a triple hernia. I had an umbilical hernia that I didn't know about that had weakened my abdominal wall causing the first hernia to form. That was a surprise.

    Leading up to the operation, I was reading about hernias and learned there's something called a femoral hernia where the muscle tears over by the...guess what...the femur. This can cause destabilization of the hip joint to the point of one leg becoming longer than the other.

    Now, it's been a while since I posted, so maybe no one remembers the horrible problems I've been having for about three to four years with my hip and sciatic nerve. I haven't been able to do any front-loaded work and no deep hip flexion(especially front squats, ruling out full cleans and snatches) without losing stability in the joint and feeling pain radiating all the way down my leg.

    After reading about femoral hernias, I probed the muscle tear and found how far toward my joint the tear had grown and started wondering if that had actually been the source of my pain and dysfunction.

    As soon as I arrived home (about three hours after I woke up in post-op) I started my walking regimen. I made it about 50 yards before I had to turn around and come back to the house. I did this a couple times per day, going a little farther every day, and over the course of the six weeks of post-surgery recovery, I worked up to two miles daily.

    Now I'm four weeks into my "normal" routine where I'm working at getting "normal" again. After my six-weeks of walking, the surgeon gave me the okay to start lifting and running, so that's what I did. I started out with deadlifts and bench press and running 10 minutes at 2.8 mph. The next day I ran 15 minutes, then the next, 20 minutes.

    I've worked up to 35 minutes at 3.2 mph so far, and after a few days of deadlifts and bench press, I decided to try a squat. It was shallow and painful, the hip still telling me it's no good yet. Why would it be? It's only been 10 weeks since the surgery, and it took many years to get this bad.

    I settled into a somewhat daily routine of running and power clean + press. I run 4-5 times per week and lift 3-5 times per week. I started out with low weight and lifting at 80 pounds this week. Every day I do Power Clean 2x5, plus one "as many" set followed by one Power Clean plus five presses for two sets and one additional "as many" set.

    There's also a little KB clean and press from time to time.

    Oh, I bought my son one of those Bonobo Gym 1 contraptions, so I do a chin up or two every time I walk into the kitchen.

    Time will tell if my hip will improve with the reinforcement of the muscle wall there. Today I introduced a little light strengthening of the lower abdomen (leg lifts for 20 seconds), so maybe there'll be some positive results from that.

    Maybe.

    It's a long road, and this is a meandering post. I'm not sure what my point is, but I thought it might be important for someone out there to read about this experience.

    If you made it this far, thanks for reading.
    A few years ago I underwent surgery for a complex umbilical hernia, evidently not as complex as your surgery, whilst my procedure was successful, I think it took me about 5 months to get back to my pre surgery physical condition.

    All the best with your recovery.
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    I’m glad to hear it’s going well . I’m actually going to see a doc this morning regarding what I believe is a hernia .
    I’m totally freaked . Did squats and I could feel a terrible pain where the lump is protruding in my lower gut as I walked later .
    I have this feeling your never really the same again.

    This started after I lifted a heavy piece of concrete . I never really thought this would ever happen and actually wish I used my back instead of my legs
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    Originally Posted by JimmyJonny View Post
    Good to know since I'm dealing with the same type of injuries. Found out I have a double hernia yesterday. I'm also getting a MRI on my lower back.....my leg/nerve has been killing me for 5 weeks now, something is really bad there. On top of all that I have a mass that has to be removed off my spin, between my shoulder blades.

    It's been a rough year trying to stay under the bar, but I have. To make things worse, I have to drive to Texas on Dec 3rd for my sons AF basic training graduation. Oh, it's gonna happen, one way or another.....
    Hang tough. You can get through this.

    I hope the mass isn't tangled up in there.

    Originally Posted by MajorTendonitis View Post
    I’m glad to hear it’s going well . I’m actually going to see a doc this morning regarding what I believe is a hernia .
    I’m totally freaked . Did squats and I could feel a terrible pain where the lump is protruding in my lower gut as I walked later .
    I have this feeling your never really the same again.

    This started after I lifted a heavy piece of concrete . I never really thought this would ever happen and actually wish I used my back instead of my legs
    That's exactly how my hernia started 20 years ago. There was a concrete barrier sitting crooked in the parking lot. I got out and picked it up to move it out of the way, so I could park. Next thing I knew I had a lump in my groin.

    Get it checked out sooner rather than later.
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    Marius. I just saw your thread. Good to see you, buddy. That is a lot to go through, but you made the right decision to get surgery. 6 weeks seems like a long time before being able to exercise, but considering that you had three hernias to repair I guess I understand.

    I will be getting umbilical hernia surgery done early 2020. My doctor is a hernia specialist and that is all he does. His office told me that I would be able to go back to the gym after three weeks. But, to go slow.

    I read your entire post. It was interesting and you rehabbed yourself perfectly.

    Hope you post more.
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    Marius. I just saw your thread. Good to see you, buddy. That is a lot to go through, but you made the right decision to get surgery. 6 weeks seems like a long time before being able to exercise, but considering that you had three hernias to repair I guess I understand.

    I will be getting umbilical hernia surgery done early 2020. My doctor is a hernia specialist and that is all he does. His office told me that I would be able to go back to the gym after three weeks. But, to go slow.

    I read your entire post. It was interesting and you rehabbed yourself perfectly.

    Hope you post more.
    Thanks, man.
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    Originally Posted by Mark1T View Post
    Marius. I just saw your thread. Good to see you, buddy. That is a lot to go through, but you made the right decision to get surgery. 6 weeks seems like a long time before being able to exercise, but considering that you had three hernias to repair I guess I understand.

    I will be getting umbilical hernia surgery done early 2020. My doctor is a hernia specialist and that is all he does. His office told me that I would be able to go back to the gym after three weeks. But, to go slow.

    I read your entire post. It was interesting and you rehabbed yourself perfectly.

    Hope you post more.
    LOL. wut? 3 weeks? Double check that.
    It takes i THINK...9 WEEKs for 90 percent of scarring to occur. I doublt most surgeons want you lifting before thten. then....start small.
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