That is quite alright Chris. Hope your trip to the NRG went well.
I put my surgery off for about a year. The hernia didnt really bother me until the last couple of months. Injured my finger and made the appointment because I couldn't climb anyways.
Ok so the hardest thing about the surgery is being almost bed ridden for 2 weeks. Pain was secondary. I found I went crazy laying/sitting down for most of the day. What helped me was I would go on VERY moderate walks everyday. I would try to go a little bit farther every time and I felt that helped keep the blood moving.
I'm not going to lie, the first 2 weeks are rough. You have learn how to get up and sit down without using your core. Every movement that involves your core is painful. Also, consume lots of fiber. You do not want to get constipated from the medication! I took as little as possible.
I did some very light handboarding after 4 weeks. And at 6 weeks I felt no pain just some minor discomfort due to the scarred tissue.
It has now been almost 4 months and I am stronger now then before the surgery. Stay positive and don't slack off on your diet. Good luck!
Thanks Chris. I´m two weeks post op today and I´m starting to think about arcing. Fortunately I´m super busy with work so it´s kept me from climbing to this point. Everything seems to be healing well. Hang boarding is out of the question for me as the pulling on my abs does not feel good. Arcing, on the other hand, will be tolerable as my core is supported by my feet. I will probably give it at least another week and instead just do some walking, planks and other light exercises that don´t seem to stress the area too much.
I am still sore to the touch in areas and I´m curious whether this was due to the laparoscopic instruments or if I´m feeling the mesh. I imagine that will become clear as the weeks past.
I was told by my surgeon to lift nothing over 15 pounds and ABSOLUTELY NO CLIMBING OR TRAINING for 6 weeks. I fudged it a little and started again on fathers day of that year, 5 weeks and 4 days. This was because I wanted to pick up my kids.
The number one thing you can do to prevent a hernia recurrence is strictly stick to the 6 week recovery limitations. The number one cause of hernia recurrence is NOT ADHERING to the recovery instructions. It takes time for your tissues to heal and recover their strength. Please please PLEASE don't even try to do a plank. The hardest part of the whole process for me was, by far, behaving myself and not training for 5 weeks and 4 days.
Regarding the soreness, that's pretty expected. I'd expect to see some soreness for at least 4 weeks.
Chris, thanks for your wise words. Of course you are right and your message managed to keep me on the side line up until now. I think I will make it until the end of week 4. My surgery was laparoscopic and the no physical training period (other than walking) was 4 weeks. Monday is 3 weeks for me and I have a check up on October 6.
My new wall is pretty much done. Can´t wait to be healthy enough to put in some miles on it!
Your posts and insights are quite detailed, thanks for posting these. I am planning my bilateral inguinal hernia surgery and would need some inputs . You there ? Shall i send some questions. I do Mountaineering and worried about recovery. Please suggest if you are available on this thread.
Thanks for the perspective Slim. You had a bilateral inguinal hernia repair with mesh, and an umbilical hernia repair.
I know that, when I have true pain, it's something to pay attention to and figure out. The thing that has me a little worried is knowing I'm going to have pain, knowing I'll be working through it, but not necessarily knowing if I'm pushing things too hard. I don't mind pain, but I don't want to damage myself either.
Right now, the thing I think will be the hardest is not being able to throw my kids around. My son, especially, won't understand why Daddy can't throw him in the air or flip him over.
Hey Chris Thanks for the insight. I am having my second indirect inguinal hernia done. Other side was done 8 months ago and it healed nicely. I still feel the odd shot of minor pain and stiffness, but I live in Banff, Alberta, Canada and always am pushing it. Love the mountains and nature. I plan on training gradually this winter and be ready for "Bugaboos" next summer. Really appreciate you putting my at ease. Stoked to here you are climbing hard. See ya on the big walls 😆
No problem Brett. I still get some odd discomfort in the area of the surgery as well, but it's minor. The surgeon said that, since I'm thin and active, I'll probably feel more than the average patient. So far, I'm still intact. Bummer you have to have a second one done though; I'm hoping my left side will hold put on it's own.