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2008/05/12 19:34:41 (permalink)

Anyone had a Hernia op?

Who has actually had a hernia op or knows someone directly who has had one.
Its just been confirmed today that i have a double inguinal (sp) hernia and both need operating on. I have a few days to decide which procedure to go for, the standard open operation or the keyhole job.

The surgeon said he prefers the open one as he can do a better job but he did say i will have more scar tissue and more pain afterwards. The good part to it is less complications and less chance of it needing doing again, and the waiting list is shorter, 3 weeks max.
With me having a double hernia i know my luck is sh1t so i know i would be the unlucky one that needed it doing again.
Just looking for any info, anything welcome, cheers.

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    bman1981
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    RE: Anyone had a Hernia op? 2008/05/12 20:25:51 (permalink)
    yeah i had a hernia op, about a year ago.

    mine was umbliical though.
    Had the traditional NHS operation though, was back in the gym within a week. back on heavy weights after three weeks.

    Have had no follow up problems, and i play competive rugby every week.
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    RE: Anyone had a Hernia op? 2008/05/12 21:13:44 (permalink)
    Not sure you want to hear this but! ...

    My dad had a hernia done by keyhole surgery on the NHS. Basically it was bodged and he ended up with 'adhesions' as well as some other complications. They discharged him even though he was very unwell and was complaining about various pains and problems.

    I was at Uni in London at the time and Dad was on his own. He declined rapidly and it was only by chance that my brother popped in to see him and found him collapsed on the floor, where he had been vomiting up his own waste basically. Doctor came and said he was on the verge of coma, with most organs starting to shutdown. He was in hospital for ages after that, his weight dropped down from about 12st to 7st. The local paper did an article about it actually, it was awful there was a full length photo of dad in his underwear and he looked like an Ethiopian

    Sorry this story is not positive and I'm sure the majority of ops go without a hitch, as I'm sure yours will - just wished to highlight that not every procedure turns out without risks or problems.

    Hope yours goes well
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    johno1974
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    RE: Anyone had a Hernia op? 2008/05/12 21:48:42 (permalink)
    I've had two double sportsmans hernia's(gilmours groin, I think it's called).

    First by traditional slice. Hurt like hell, longer to recover two massive unsightly scars.
    Second by keyhole, back running around within 5-6 weeks. Not half as painful.

    Both mine were done privately, are you NHS or private? The guy that did my keyole is excellent and in Wigan.
    post edited by johno1974 - 2008/05/12 21:49:14
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    RE: Anyone had a Hernia op? 2008/05/12 23:59:52 (permalink)
    Johno, im going nhs, i can afford to go private but the waiting list on the nhs is non existent at the moment and i refuse to pay for treatment that i pay national insurance for...

    Red hot f, your dad was keyhole wasnt it? Thats the sort of thing i wanted to hear tbh as it was what the surgeon was saying was a possibilty. Well not a possibility but more likely happening than with the open surgery. Id rather have the pain, knowing that it was done properly and only done once too.

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    RE: Anyone had a Hernia op? 2008/05/13 08:11:41 (permalink)
    Where in the North West are you mate? The Dr who did mine private was called Mike Nicholas and he also does NHS out of Whiston. He's the guy that does all the rugby league prof clubs and is spot on.

    My first one was done by a bloke called Blower in Wigan
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    RE: Anyone had a Hernia op? 2008/05/13 09:58:45 (permalink)
    No experience whatsoever. Just to wish you good luck whichever option you choose. Personally I'd go for the more guaranteed option, especially as the consultant's said what he said, plus no waiting list is a huge bonus in this day and age.

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    RE: Anyone had a Hernia op? 2008/05/13 11:18:35 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: Red Man

    Red hot f, your dad was keyhole wasnt it?



    Yes was keyhole ... and adhesions are a possible risk from that op.
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    RE: Anyone had a Hernia op? 2008/05/13 14:50:44 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: johno1974

    Where in the North West are you mate? The Dr who did mine private was called Mike Nicholas and he also does NHS out of Whiston. He's the guy that does all the rugby league prof clubs and is spot on.

    My first one was done by a bloke called Blower in Wigan


    Im going through halton hospital in runcorn, i had the option of Whiston but turned it down as ive heard so many scare stories and been there quite a few times myself. Mainly over cuts and stuff but ive never been happy with the service of Whiston.

    Ive just found out my mate had his done in Halton and had no problems at all. Back up on his feet and about in days. The surgeon is an Indian guy, cant remember his name but he seemed ok to me. Not ar5ed who does it really as long as its not a botched job...

    Open is the way forwards anyway, no key hole for me.

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    RE: Anyone had a Hernia op? 2008/05/13 14:55:03 (permalink)
    I have needed to have a hernia operation for a long time now. I am ok to lift heavy weights but when it comes down to direct abs training (i.e. stomach crunches etc) then my muscle goes to pop out.

    I have always avoided getting it done as I thought it would hinder me getting back to lifting heavy weights, is this correct?

    Also if I did get it done would I be able to do abs training again then?
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    RE: Anyone had a Hernia op? 2008/05/13 15:03:00 (permalink)
    i had my hernia op in january last year

    it was an open one as they dont do keyhole on us larger fellows

    bit of pain in the first few weeks and i had to sleep seated on the downstairs sofa but things eventually get better

    scars virtually gone for me and i am back lifting nice and heavy in the gym

    get it done open so theres no mistakes

    good luck dude
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    RE: Anyone had a Hernia op? 2008/05/13 15:42:42 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: ftoruss

    I have needed to have a hernia operation for a long time now. I am ok to lift heavy weights but when it comes down to direct abs training (i.e. stomach crunches etc) then my muscle goes to pop out.

    I have always avoided getting it done as I thought it would hinder me getting back to lifting heavy weights, is this correct?

    Also if I did get it done would I be able to do abs training again then?


    Anyone offer some advice?
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    RE: Anyone had a Hernia op? 2008/05/13 15:58:49 (permalink)
    Yes you will be able to go back to heavy training. I gave it 6 weeks then eased back into it lightly. I was training heavy by week 9, back to pre-op strength a few weeks later. You will be able to train abs. Just ease back into it after 6 weeks.


    To the OP, I had mine done via open surgery as it was large - it needed a 4" scar. They placed the patch behind the ab muscle as this gives a better aesthetic look when lean as you can imagine. The only complication I have is a tied "sutre" I think they're called where the patch is stitched to the ab-wall/skin. One side has not released the skin so it is fixed to the spot. Imagine a nail whacked into your skin, pull the skin outwards from the body around it and you will create a hole/crater where the nail head is situated. That's what it's like. I just need to go into day surgery, local anaesthetic and they will do a simple nick to release it.

    My father recently has had one done also. His was keyhole with no complications at all.

    Both NHS
    post edited by PartyBoy - 2008/05/13 16:01:10

     
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    RE: Anyone had a Hernia op? 2008/05/13 16:03:49 (permalink)
    Thanks everyone, just to add, mine are both inguinal so the scars will be lower and id imagine not visible unless naked. As long as the future mrs (she is out there somewhere..) is ok then im not to bothered about it.

    Russ, get it done mate, your just delaying the inevitable...
    post edited by Red Man - 2008/05/13 16:04:22

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    RE: Anyone had a Hernia op? 2008/05/13 16:21:10 (permalink)
    Yeah thanks guys. Going to lose some weight first, starting a cut next week

    But then I may look into it I am thinking. What would I say to the doc thou guys? would I just say, that I have or think I have a hernia? or is there a test the doc does?
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    RE: Anyone had a Hernia op? 2008/05/13 18:15:58 (permalink)
    If you are getting something that pops out, you will more than likely have a hernia. I seen 2 different gp's who couldnt find the lump i said i had. The consultant at the hospital found 2... I didnt even know i had 2!!!!
    Just tell them you have a hernia and they will refer you to a speacialist who will know what to look for.

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    RE: Anyone had a Hernia op? 2008/05/13 18:41:41 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: Red Man

    If you are getting something that pops out, you will more than likely have a hernia. I seen 2 different gp's who couldnt find the lump i said i had. The consultant at the hospital found 2... I didnt even know i had 2!!!!
    Just tell them you have a hernia and they will refer you to a speacialist who will know what to look for.


    Thats great thanks for that. Do you recommend I get my weight down a bit before I get it done, as I have put alot of weight on since taking time out of the gym

    Was thinking about losing some weight (as I would be classed as overweight now lol) and then instead of bulking up which was the plan, I will approach the doc then?

    I suppose it depends on the waiting list thou, any ideas on nhs turn around times on this?
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    RE: Anyone had a Hernia op? 2008/05/13 18:59:32 (permalink)
    Depends on your HA but I don't think waiting lists in general are too bad now. I was on the list about 8 weeks I think.

     
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    RE: Anyone had a Hernia op? 2008/05/13 19:08:03 (permalink)
    I went on monday and as of 1 week later im expecting a call anytime. There is no waiting list in the hospital im going to so he said 3 weeks max. Im sh1tt1ng myself already! haha.

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    RE: Anyone had a Hernia op? 2008/05/13 20:56:32 (permalink)
    Do you recommend I lose some weight first thou guys?? oh does it not really matter
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