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Umbilical hernia repair

Energy08

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Well boys looks like I’m gonna have to have this repaired.
Little frustrating as I’ve made some massive improvements over last 2.5 years. Probably gonna keep me off the weights for 6 weeks. I’m hoping to get back on elliptical after 3 weeks.
I’m off cycle for next 4 months and running my TRT at 175mg/week of test for now.
Anyone got advice on maintaining things while I’m down. I have some oxandrolone/anavar left over I could use post surgery to help and I’m still using GW daily. I could put this surgery off but it’s only going to get worse.
Pretty sure I saw DG had to deal with this exact issue and cbbram had injury as well so I’m open to any advice. Thanks boys!!!!
 

DylanGemelli

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i dont know, its been such a bitch for me... its taken me almost a year and a half to get back to normal in terms of my stomach looking like it did and its still not there fully ... its been something i wish i never did but as you know, its something thats necessary... the first 3 days are terrible after surgery.. you can barely move but it progressively gets better... its something you dont want to rush or you will truly regret it, i assure you... take your time and rest
 

cbbram

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I've had hernia surgery before. It's no joke took about 8 weeks before I could go back to work. This type of surgery takes a while to heal. Recently I broke my collar bone and this took about 8 weeks also. This surgery was a walk in the park compared to the hernia surgery. Definitely take the time to heal a few months will do your body good to rest.
 

DylanGemelli

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try to no abuse the pain killers they give you either... they will actually give you something to help you shit as well because the pain killers can cause issues and you shouldnt be pushing hard either if thats something you do or you could rupture the procedure... they will go over everything with you... i never want to go through it again...
 

Energy08

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Appreciate the feedback boys. My surgical consult in Monday morning.
Either of you have to have the mesh placed over the hernia?
 

DylanGemelli

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Appreciate the feedback boys. My surgical consult in Monday morning.
Either of you have to have the mesh placed over the hernia?
no, i was able to not have it and i certainly did not want it whatsoever... it is common but there are issues that could arise... it depends on how bad of a hernia it is... if its avoidable, i would definitely avoid it...
 

Energy08

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Had surgery Thursday and this pic from Saturday morning. Still very swollen but some of my definition starting to come back. I had 3 ports placed laparoscopic and access through belly button. I had mesh placed under muscle which they can do with out open surgery when done laparoscopically. So far I’m not as sore as I thought I would be. It does make me look like I’ve gained a bunch of BF due to swelling ;). Now just curious as to how long til I can at least get cardio going. I’m pretty sure dead lifts and squats are out for a long time.
 

Energy08

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They also gave me Vicoden and that stuff works!!! I can see why pro athletes get hooked on it.
I took DG’s advice and started stool softener from get go and it’s made huge difference in that area.
 

cbbram

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Wishing you a speedy recovery bro. Be careful with those pain pills I know you need them right now but they are highly addictive.
 

DylanGemelli

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it took me 3-4 weeks before i could start doing any sort of cardio although i feel like i possibly could've started earlier, i didnt want to risk messing things up because that would just make the down time longer
 
where exactly was the hernia? and why did you decide to get it done? was it growing?

i've had an umbilical hernia for years now, but it hasn't grown so I just leave it alone.. based on this thread I sure as hell don't want to mess around with a surgery
 

Energy08

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I had small hernia directly in my navel which I had fixed 5 years ago. The hernia spread right above my navel and I had about a 2-3 cm bump. The leaner and heavier my lifts went the more I noticed it. I started to have some stinging pain in it which was probably micro tears. I could have put it off but eventually was gonna have to address it. I figured get it done now instead of at 50. I’m just slightly sore now, no need for pain meds. Still feeling some swelling or bloat. Can’t keep my lower abs tight yet. I think I’ll be back on cardio next week and light weights week after that.....I hope.
 
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