Here is the rebuild of a couple of hernia topics that I managed to delete !! Sorry about the incompetence.
chrisdownes » Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:18 pm wrote:Help please.
I am having a bi lateral hernie operation on MOnday the 18th Januaury, and can anyone let me know how long it will before I can get back on the bike to do some touring.
I would like to be cycling again by at least the end of March, or I should go mad with being a couch potatoe.
Hopfully I want to cycle about 30 to 40 miles a day doing some touring of Dorset and Hampshire for about a week.
Any suggestions very greatly recieved,
flat tyre » Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:28 pm wrote:
The British Hernia Centre (!) http://www.hernia.org/
claims that patients are able to walk or go on an exercise bike within 45 mins of the operation, if you are having keyhole surgery. Quite how this translates to riding a bike on the road I'm not sure. Unfortunately I can't answer from experience as my hernia operation is scheduled for 25th Jan, so obviously I would be very interested to hear about your subsequent experience.
Quaker Mike » Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:39 pm wrote:I was on my bike next day after a right side non-keyhole hernia op. But not for long, because any bumps (potholes, manholes etc.) dragged painfully on the wound. Two weeks later, IIRC, this wore off, and I had no problems thereafter, except that for some years if I went into deep tuck on the drops I could occasionally feel the edge of the reinforcing mesh dig in as my right leg came up to top position. That was fifteen years ago, so they probably use different techniques now.
PS I had it done with a local anaesthetic, and it was interesting to watch
pioneer » Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:29 pm wrote:I had a hernia op' (not keyhole and not mesh either because of complications) April,two years ago. Was advised to re-cuperate the old fashioned way,i.e. lots of rest and take plenty of time before attempting anything physical. was able to take short walks after about four days and long walks with the dog after a couple of weeks. Though these were slow walks, I was able to gently amble along for up to about seven miles.
Stayed off the bike for three weeks(should have been eight weeks according to the doc'),but eased back into it gently.This was the best thing.Rest coupled with and easy-exercise and if it starts to hurt,stop! If you are fit to start with (and most cyclists are fitter than thier peers on average),recovery time will be quicker anyway.
And there's always a bright side.When I was recovering,the snooker world championship was on. I managed to watch all of it, fantastic!
And the weather was great too. Lots of sitting in the garden catching up on reading. That made being off the bike easier to bear!!
bodach » Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:33 pm wrote:Bellybutton hernia with mesh reinforcement took about 6 weeks before being reasonably confident of anything strenuous.Surgeon said a couple of weeks but transpired he meant gentle street cycling and not mountain biking as I envisaged. My GP was horrified when he discovered I had started in his mind too soon. Your body will tell you when it feels ready for reasonable excercise.
I should add that the op itself was a doddle and I was up walking around the same day with no problem.It was just unusual and sudden movement that had to be avoided.
tali42 » Sat Jan 16, 2010 1:05 am wrote:I had a hernie op in 2004, non-keyhole with the mesh. Stayed off the bike for the time recommended by the surgeon. When I started again, riding to work, I came down with pain in the area, so stopped for another few weeks. When I started again, no problems.
fausto copy » Sat Jan 16, 2010 6:34 pm wrote:
I had an epigastric hernia repair last year. Wound approx 4 inches long above navel with mesh (kevlar puncture proof actually
I did a couple of half hour rides on the rollers after 2 weeks. Resumed gentle road riding after 4 weeks (15 to 20 miles) and after 6 weeks I was on tour doing 40 mile days.
Just take it nice and easy. Your body will tell you how much to do (or not).
And good luck!
chrisdownes » Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:40 am wrote:Twodays after the hernie operation, with two 4 inch cuts which are very sore,but I am able to walk slowly around and sit at the computer desk to type this message.
As I have been informed, wait at least 6 to 8 weeks before tryng to cycle, and if it hurts dont do it.
The doctor may give you guidence on how long it takes to recover, but everyone has different recovery times.
I feel great now it is all done, just roll on summer to those barmy lovely days of sunshine, quite lanes. birds singing, green leaves and nice slow cycle touring days.... Bliss....
Thankyou for everyones comments and help and good cycling in 2010.
hellymedic » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:34 pm wrote:The 'standard advice' is six weeks. Many posters above have done differently.
A skin wound has little tensile strength (resistance to tearing) for a fortnight and I think it's tempting fate to do anything before that. Internally, thing take longer to heal and if they don't heal properly, you could end up with a recurrent hernia, which is the last thing you need!
Boring as it is, I would not rush to get back on the bike; there are many other activities you can do.
Take the advice of your doctors, get well soon and enjoy the winter/early spring from another point of view.
Once you are properly well, it does not take very long to regain fitness.
chrisdownes » Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:22 pm wrote:Four weeks aftera bi lateral hernie operation, and I am still in pain just above the male reproductive bits, very sore.Still resisting to get on the bike, but had 10 minutes on indoor bike at no resistance. A bit cheesed off with it at the moment, and taking pain killers all the days. Only exercise is using my fingers on the computer keyboard and not moving too much on the chair.
Hope things will improve before long, but will give it another two weeks, if no different will see what doc says,
Anyone have any advice, do not want to miss out the Spring and Summer on the bike.
Thanks for any help or advice. Chris Downes