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  • philly5
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    Hi, i had a hernia op last week and am itching to get back out riding. i know to wait til i feel right but was wondering how long people left it!!
    cheers

    Premier Icon lunge
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    I had an op last year. I was happily walking around after 1 week, light riding (road stuff and light pootle’s) after 3 and back to pretty much normal after 4 or 5.

    Just do what feel comfortable, if it twinges then stop.

    I’ll a relatively fit 28 year old bloke if that helps.

    mrsflash
    Member

    Oh lord, now nettles will be posting his pictures again. 😕

    philly5
    Member

    cheers appropriately named lunge (“,)
    i’m 28 and healthy so i’ll get booked on the llandegla trip in 4 weeks!
    could post my own photo if anyone requires?!

    Depends on what type of repair to some extent – there are different methods.

    The issue is tho that although you feel fine your abdominal wall is not fully back to strength – this will take at least 3 months. So the important thing is not to stress it – no heavy lifting.

    So no lifting your bike over styles, in and out of cars and so on. Otherwise just be sensible – if it hurts / aches stop. 2 or 3 weeks to be back on a bike seems reasonable to me.

    IHN
    Member

    Oh lord, now nettles will be posting his pictures again.

    It’s alright, I’m at work so there’ll be none of that.

    I am going home in a bit though…

    In answer to the question, I left it a month.

    Premier Icon lunge
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    4 weeks will be on the limit, I was quite happy to ride in that time but anything that involved anything strenuous i got a bit of a twinch.

    Chase
    Member

    6 weeks off my post round.

    Avoid anything that will make you cough or sneeze in the first week or so – it hurts.

    AdamW
    Member

    I had an inguinal hernia a number of years ago that was fixed with a patch (that’s what they tend to do these days). I was off work for a couple of weeks and then built up again. The strange thing is that even after all these years (about 7) I still get a bit of an ache if I work quite hard in exercise.

    If you get a hernia that isn’t inguinal I think the recovery may be longer. Also if they stitch the muscle as opposed to patch it may take longer to get back to normal.

    antigee
    Member

    was off work for a couple of weeks and then built up again. The strange thing is that even after all these years (about 7) I still get a bit of an ache if I work quite hard in exercise.

    2 yrs here and i get the same – i read up before the op and about 5% get quite a lot of pain for ever – trapped nerves are to blame

    i don’t do hanging leg raises because get sore – ditto running hard up hill but its only a numb ache i put down to irritating scar tissue that forms around the web stuff

    as to post about 8 weeks before rode 6 weeks run first 4 weeks did a bit of walking but stiles hurt – but i’m late 40’s

    had a double repair, 3 weeks off work . followed by 3 months off the bike. Key hole surgery and mesh inserts. Having read the adverts in the papers about a few days of work, then tennis 2 weeks later I was surprised. Think the surgeon had it in for me, as i was late, which i wasn’t , I was sent to wrong ward, then to the wrong theater , pushing my own trolly in my surgical gown and barefeet

    crikey
    Member

    I had an appendicectomy, not the same, but a big 5 inch scar ( retrocaecal appendix, Reg with shovel-like hands) thru the abdominal wall… I used to wait in for the district nurse and tell her I was resting, then get out on the bike, that was 3 days post op, but I’m a nurse so I’m allowed.

    Premier Icon paul4stones
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    Well, these are all very cautious.

    I had a keyhole inguinal op last summer. Surgeon said “encourage early mobility” and specifically walk half a mile the day after, build up to 2 miles by a week after, then you can lift 1 stone and run after that.

    That’s more or less what I did. Cycled after a week on the road (and drove) cycled 28 miles (flatish, with a 9yr old so not too fast)after 10 days but didn’t feel I could run comfortably for about 3-4 weeks. MTB after about 5 weeks.

    I found the recovery to be incremental ie not a daily improvement but suddenly every few days things would be much better.

    I was a very fit 39yr old, comfortably running a couple of hours on the fells! (Still am thank goodness!)

    Good luck!

    We’re all different. i’m a window cleaner and was back at work quickly,but there was the occasional twinge.My father-in-law had his fixed a bit earlier than me and his popped again.
    I have occasional pain for no apparent reason. i’m late forties,reasonably fit…..but not fell running fit…

    AdamW
    Member

    Mine wasn’t keyhole surgery – I have a large scar down below…. That took some time to heal! The funny thing was that I was expecting someone to turn up to, ahem, ‘shave’ me down there but no-one did. After I woke up I found that I had been neatly shaved and exactly *half* had been removed. I complained, I thought they would have done a nice motif or something, or given me an amusing Brazilian or something!
    😀

    And I don’t care if it was too much info!

    philly5
    Member

    I went prepared with a number 2 but they gave me a trimmer and said no to my stylish effort! i was cut open too and i’ve a nice 5″ scar so no rushing back to anything. Plus i’m an electrician so pretty much anything i do is lifting….so i lead you to believe! the kettle is heavy when full!!

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