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Old 05-29-19, 05:14 PM
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Hernia mesh hurts

I know I got a great workout on my bike because I can feel the hernia mesh so Iím doing something right. I think I got enough fitness to cruise the GAP with relative ease so it will be an enjoyable ride/tour. I canít wait.
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Old 05-29-19, 05:32 PM
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I thought they stopped using mesh because it caused more problems than it fixed?
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Old 05-30-19, 10:48 AM
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I think I got enough fitness to cruise the GAP with relative ease so it will be an enjoyable ride/tour. I canít wait.
When I did the GAP starting in PGH it was a lot harder than I thought it would be. There was a pretty decent headwind the entire first day. By the time I made it to Connellsville (66 miles, IIRC) I was pretty knackered. Understand that I was fully loaded with camping and cooking gear since I was riding across PA. Second day was easier because I only went as far as Rockwood. From Rockwood to the divide I could really notice the grade, and there was more headwind. But the descent in Cumberland made it all worth it.
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I've got the mesh. Done 19 years ago. I notice it periodically but not for the past several years.

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Old 05-30-19, 12:08 PM
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Like you said you can feel the mesh at times the surgeon said that is normal and not to worry about it. I’m careful not to push it though. I miss deadlifting but I don’t miss surgery.

I went from Connellsville to Pittsburgh and it wasn’t too bad but I was ascending. The ride from Connellsville to Cumberland was great I also enjoyed coasting downhill to Cumberland. This time I’ll be camping in Ohiopyle so the first ride will be to Cumberland the next toward Pittsburgh. I’m going to spend some time doing other things to keep everyone happy.
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I had mesh repair four years ago, and for sure I feel it from time to time. Usually it's a complete non-issue but there are times when it feels a bit uncomfortable.
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Old 05-30-19, 10:06 PM
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If you can feel the mesh at all, the surgeon eff'ed up the job. I had a mesh installed 17 years ago and I've never once felt it. I'm just sayin'.....
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I had bilateral hernia surgery one year ago today!
I've never felt anything down there on either side. I took a 1.5 hour walk two days after surgery and was back on the bike in three weeks.
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Old 05-31-19, 10:45 AM
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I had the mesh done on both sides in different surgeries about a year apart.

i think I can feel a tearing sensation on the left groin at times.
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Old 05-31-19, 03:20 PM
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I've got a pretty severe umbilical hernia that I need to have done. I've heard horror stories so it's good to hear several folks here saying it's mostly good. That's encouraging.


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I had bilateral inguinal hernia surgery 4/10/19 and carpal tunnel 4/5/19. I was back on bike 4/20, and 100% by 4/30.
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Originally Posted by MattTheHat View Post
I've got a pretty severe umbilical hernia that I need to have done. I've heard horror stories so it's good to hear several folks here saying it's mostly good. That's encouraging.


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I had an umbilical one done about 11years ago. A student surgeon did it; I couldn't resist the smile on her face. No problems since, but I go easy on the lifting. I also had a LH side hernia which I think, had mesh fitted in the old fashioned way, ie, a 4 inch cut. No problems either, and no scar. On this side of the pond, no bills either.
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Old 06-01-19, 06:10 AM
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Originally Posted by winston63 View Post
I had mesh repair four years ago, and for sure I feel it from time to time. Usually it's a complete non-issue but there are times when it feels a bit uncomfortable.
I had it done over a decade ago. I could feel it a lot more from time to time in the first five years or so. Rarely feel anything now. It was never really a problem though.
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Old 06-02-19, 08:58 AM
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Interesting subject to me presently. Last Thanksgiving, doing some admittedly heavy yardwork, I suffered a classic stumble, over compensating attempt not to fall, then fall. Wound up with a badly pulled right groin and inguinal hernia. The groin healed pretty quick but this hernia, not so much. Did not really effect lifting things but by the end of a shift of ladder work and stretching overhead pulling on wrenches it felt like my belly was about to burst open. Pretty (expletive deleted) painful.

I got a referral to a specialist and after the exam he predicted that I could go five years until a surgical repair would be required. Provided I don't do anything stupid in the meantime, of course.

I think my inguinal canal is fairly stable now with no pain and I wear a prescribed hernia belt for anything remotely strenuous. However if I get any groin pain I immediately stop and reassess what I'm doing wrong. All this has had no adverse effect on my cycling by the way.

Hopefully by the time I need the repair they will have some new tech available besides stitching a piece of window screen in my groin. I already have enough titanium and cadaver bone in me.
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The mesh has held up well for me. I had bilateral one big rip on the left and two smaller tears on the right. I suspect I had the two smaller tears for years. I had mine done with a robotic machine with the doctor controlling it like a video game but 2 surgical nurses stood by the robot closely at least that is what they said. I had to roll and crawl out of bed for a few days and use I chair to stand up but after I was upright I could move around. Recovery was fast but I’m not loading up 400+ pounds and deadlifting anymore that guy isn’t in his 20s anymore. However I want to return to some resistance training but nothing gut busting. After I get back from my GAP and Katy rides I going to start a weight routine where I can get some benefit without injuring myself.
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Hernia Mesh Hurts

I just had a large abdominal hernia repaired a week ago; the recovery pain was bad the first 4 days but is now tapering off enough to get off the narcotics. I have been told I can't ride for 6 weeks which means I lose a lot of fitness. In the last 12 months I have had 3 comebacks to fitness after surgery but never get back to full fitness before the next surgery; this was my last surgery so away I go again. They told me I could sit on my trainer after two weeks and just spin with no load. I am wondering how long they forced the rest of you to stay off the bike and when you could do weight lifting again? So far I can't feel the mesh.
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I just had a large abdominal hernia repaired a week ago; the recovery pain was bad the first 4 days but is now tapering off enough to get off the narcotics. I have been told I can't ride for 6 weeks which means I lose a lot of fitness. In the last 12 months I have had 3 comebacks to fitness after surgery but never get back to full fitness before the next surgery; this was my last surgery so away I go again. They told me I could sit on my trainer after two weeks and just spin with no load. I am wondering how long they forced the rest of you to stay off the bike and when you could do weight lifting again? So far I can't feel the mesh.
I was back riding regularly in about 6 weeks though I could have started earlier. I walked a lot at first just to get the blood flowing and speed up the healing. I didnít rush anything.
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I just had a large abdominal hernia repaired a week ago; the recovery pain was bad the first 4 days but is now tapering off enough to get off the narcotics. I have been told I can't ride for 6 weeks which means I lose a lot of fitness. In the last 12 months I have had 3 comebacks to fitness after surgery but never get back to full fitness before the next surgery; this was my last surgery so away I go again. They told me I could sit on my trainer after two weeks and just spin with no load. I am wondering how long they forced the rest of you to stay off the bike and when you could do weight lifting again? So far I can't feel the mesh.
I think I was something of an outlier, but my recovery from a large inguinal hernai repair was very slow. I couldn't ride for three months post surgery, though I began walking everywhere in place of the riding.

To this day I'm very careful when lifting anything and I don't do any weight training.
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Originally Posted by FBOATSB View Post
Interesting subject to me presently. Last Thanksgiving, doing some admittedly heavy yardwork, I suffered a classic stumble, over compensating attempt not to fall, then fall. Wound up with a badly pulled right groin and inguinal hernia. The groin healed pretty quick but this hernia, not so much. Did not really effect lifting things but by the end of a shift of ladder work and stretching overhead pulling on wrenches it felt like my belly was about to burst open. Pretty (expletive deleted) painful.

I got a referral to a specialist and after the exam he predicted that I could go five years until a surgical repair would be required. Provided I don't do anything stupid in the meantime, of course.

I think my inguinal canal is fairly stable now with no pain and I wear a prescribed hernia belt for anything remotely strenuous. However if I get any groin pain I immediately stop and reassess what I'm doing wrong. All this has had no adverse effect on my cycling by the way.

Hopefully by the time I need the repair they will have some new tech available besides stitching a piece of window screen in my groin. I already have enough titanium and cadaver bone in me.
The sooner it's done, the smaller the cut and the sooner you get back to normal. Cannot understand why your doc said 5 years. Mine was large enough (I'd lifted my wife's mobility scooter regularly in and out of the car) but it was done within a year at the latest. I was treading on eggshells until it was done, but, like others here, it never impinged on my cycling. I was walking around the ward immediately after the op. The surgeon did a great job.
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