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Josh54
August 9th, 2007, 03:02 AM
I had a hernia operation two days ago. Ouch.

I asked the surgeon when can I get back to the pool and he said in a month. This seemed a bit draconian and I thought he was covering his :mooning:
I asked a nurse and she said two weeks which seems reasonable.

I wanted to ask: do any of you guys have experience returning to swimming after a hernia operation? Any tips for me?

Thanks in advance.

tulclark
August 9th, 2007, 07:14 AM
I too had hernia surgery this year in March (double). I didn't realize that I had one. It was detected during a colon examination and later confirmed by the "cough" test. My surgery was laparoscopic. I missed 10days of swimming. I think the recovery time for the non-laparoscopic surgery is longer. Good luck. :wave:

Slowswim
August 9th, 2007, 12:18 PM
I had knee surgery and had to stay out almost a month because of the incision and possible infection. Nothing to do with the actual surgery.

I can tell you any infection in the abdominal cavity is highly dangerous and can easily be fatal. An infection in my knee would ,at worst, slowed my recovery.

Just another perspective of why the wait is long.:2cents:

Hope you're back at it soon.
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Josh54
August 10th, 2007, 11:05 PM
My surgery was conventional. The doc said that laproscopic was not applicable in my situation

So I guess I'll be out for awhile :cry:.

Rickcarlson30
August 11th, 2007, 07:52 AM
I had an abdominal hernia repaired by traditional surgery. Laproscopy was out of the question. Before the operation, the surgeon had a long talk with me about recovery. I had to promise to remain inactive for 3 months post surgery. The entire surgical team was very serious about it. All I could do was walk. No exercise. According to them, many patients resume activity too soon and rip open the repair.

One month is not the end of the world. I'd play it safe.

Rick

AnnG
August 11th, 2007, 06:58 PM
if you have ever had a groin pull of any kind you know how much those hurt and how long they take to heal, I would rather err on the side of too much time than not enough, no sense in ripping out the repair and being in a bunch more pain.

Josh54
September 13th, 2007, 05:45 AM
I am now 5 weeks after my operation. I began swimming again 25 days post. I have been building back very gradually. So far so good. I hope to be totally back to my pre-operation level in about 2 weeks.

tulclark
September 13th, 2007, 07:14 AM
Congratulations Josh it sounds like you are on the road to recovery. :applaud: