'The Snip' – how long before I can get back on the bike?
For me, the nut discomfort wore off sufficiently in a couple of days that I'd have been happy to ride again certainly within the week. Unfortunately the wound itself picked up a minor infection and didn't heal properly, so after 2 weeks I was back again to have the pus and gunk scrubbed out (no anaesthetic for that – ouch!!) and restart the healing process. Left me off the bike for 4 weeks in total, but on the plus side I do have a nice scar now where the wound edges didn't join tidily. (Chicks dig scars right – just got to persuade a few to have a real close look at it now)
I didn't get the enjoyment of the 'crunchy sounds' as mine was cut and cauterised with a glorified soldering iron. So instead of sound, mine was in smell-o-vision. Sort of burnt bacon actually.
And finally. The procedure is no issue. Minor discomfort only. And frankly, once you've lain naked from the waist down on the tabel, had your tackle pulled through a hole in a sheet and painted brown, and been prodded with assorted fingers and needles, you'll be wishing it over so you can get out of there with a shred of dignity intact and that will far outweigh any worries you have about the procedure.Posted 8 years agosqueekybrakesMember
Went in for the op myself about 1 month ago and was expecting it to be like having a tooth out. In reality I found it was much more of a deal. I was hoping to be riding within a few days but picked up an infection which I ignored at first but which turned a bit nasty and I had to go onto antibiotices. It was a good 2 weeks before I was really up to getting back on the bike. My advice is if you do think you've picked up a post op infection get some anibiotics asap…Posted 8 years agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
The otherjonv summed up the procedure quite nicely – I had the cauterising version, or "slash and burn" as I like to think of it. Nothing will take away the smell of burning tubes….or the the loud scream as the surgeon stuck the soldering iron through the incision and we both discovered that a little more local anaesthetic was required….
Ignore all the macho men on here who rode home from the op and did Glentress black the next day – NONE of the people I know in the real world have been able to do anything like that. Take the advice of the medical team – take it easy while it heals inside and out, and wear tight supportive underwear.
I had no real pain or discomfort after a couple of days, but the scab from where they cauterised the wound closed kept coming off. I felt well enough to ride after 3-4 days, the wound finally healed properly after 3 weeks, I gave it another week and rode in the 4th week.Posted 8 years ago2unfit2rideSubscriber
I must say the internet is full of horror story's, my op went fine, the really bad bit was my dick being taped to my belly by the nurse, that was embarrassing at the time. The only other 'pain' was I needed a touch more anesthetic, but it was all over in 20 minutes, & TBh honest if you can't endure that then you probably shouldn't have kids ever anyway.
I done light riding later that day, & I was on my normal xxxxxXC routes within a few days, TBH I try not to slam my nuts into the saddle most of the time, so a little extra caution saw me through.
Oh, & I liked the analogy from my GP, would you think you had a better chance of finding 'X' though a big hole or a small hole, whilst persuading me not to pay for keyhole sugary.
Enjoy!Posted 8 years agoBreganteSubscriber
can't believe you'd ask this in a bike forum!!!!!!!!!!!!
Could your Dr not tell you this?
mmmmm? DoI trust the medixally qualified person or the random internet person I've never met who happens to be looking at internet bike forums?
Obviously the answer is MTFU and get out on your bike you big girls blousePosted 8 years ago
Well. I had an agrument with my surgeon about which anaesthetic. I wanted local, he wanted to give me a general. In the end I "won". He administered the local and was just leaving the room when the anaesthetist walked in. "OK", he said. "Let's get the injections done."
"I've already done it." said my surgeon. The surprised reaction from the anaesthetist indicated to me that may be this was a break from established practice.
The operation began and I realised that I had not in fact "won" as I could feel every exquisite cut and slice. Maybe not in full effect but could certainly appreciate the sharpness of the surgeons blade. The bastard.
Anyhow, no complications (he may have been a vindictive git, but he was good) and I was back on the bike after a couple of weeks. I would ignore the macho men on here who will berate you for not riding to and from the operation. Like everything, you will know when the time is right. Might I also recommend a couple of gentle road rides before you get the DH rig out?
The best thing about the snip? In the weeks following you have a license to **** so you can clear out your tubes ready for the production of the all clear sample. Enjoy.Posted 8 years agoEd2001Member
As already mentioned far better to ask the doctor who is doing the op. If you trust him with a scalpel near your wedding tackle surely you can trust his advice on when its safe to ride. All this "I rode the next day" I suspect only applies to people who have the genitals of a 6 year old.Posted 8 years ago
I didn't want a general anaesthetic for such a minor procedure. I only know of one person who had a general and he really regretted it.
Also according to hospital procedures they would not do the operation under general unless you had arranged for someone to collect you rather then going home under your own steam.
Cock.Posted 8 years agoChaseMember
My surgeons quote when asked about going back to work (postie) was "Two days if you work in an office, three weeks if you work down a mine and six weeks if you are a mounted policeman" I then had to figure out for myself where I fit into that.Posted 8 years ago
The only other advice I was offered was to keep the spuds supported but also ventilated. Sweaty nads due to driving or been seated for a long time can lead to infection.whytetrashMember
I researched this myself …ranged from macho responses like back in work the next day (Dad)through to off the bike for months (on here) I was uncomfortable for two days (mostly on sofa as doc advised) light jog/walk on third day back on road bike after five days (clubs post Xmas booze ride so may have helped the pain!) slight infection bit of pus to expel for a few days but fine since!Posted 8 years ago
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