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    Inguinal Hernia

    To compound my on going back and sciatica issues, I've now developed a hernia. Dr diagnosed yesterday and she's sending me for an ultra scan. Anyone else live with a Inguinal Hernia? Can it be managed without surgery?

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    30 odd years ago I underwent an inguinal hernia repair.

    Didn't listen properly to the advice about not overdoing it.

    Repair failed then I had a double inguinal hernia repair.

    Bar the odd twinge I have been fine since.

    I couldn't have just lived with mine.

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    I just had open surgery to repair mine, 2 months ago...I'd lived with it for a couple of decades, it'd only gotten bothersome in the last couple of years or so however was at the point of needing surgery as was starting to be a bit limiting on how much exercise etc I could do, certain activities like biking up hill for an hour or so, it was getting niggley or a days physical labour, I'd know about it by the end of the day...The surgery has been a success so far and should be better than new in another month or so, I'm still avoiding lifting anything really heavy but have restarted running and some bodyweight exercises and it's all good.

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    Thanks chaps, I've just ordered a belt today. As an above knee amputee I have to be careful lifting, but my mucho male head, makes me refuse compromise, hence my body is broken. Starting to pay for all of the exuberance during my younger years now!

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    I’ve been suffering with one both sides since November and waiting for surgery. Thankfully no real pain just the odd discomfort now and then.
    I know you play golf so you’ll be pleased to hear no impact on golfing at all. I’ve been playing 3 times a week since my club reopened without any issues. GP just told me to avoid heavy lifting.
    Apparently ultrasound isn’t 100% accurate for detecting hernia, best way is too see consultant.

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    Do your own research, but imho ( and own experience ) avoid keyhole like the plauge and go the open surgery route !

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrichardsonno9 View Post
    Do your own research, but imho ( and own experience ) avoid keyhole like the plauge and go the open surgery route !
    Funnily enough I had my consultation yesterday and the surgeon recommended open surgery over keyhole…… he said keyhole is not as reliable

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    Quote Originally Posted by sevvy View Post
    I’ve been suffering with one both sides since November and waiting for surgery. Thankfully no real pain just the odd discomfort now and then.
    I know you play golf so you’ll be pleased to hear no impact on golfing at all. I’ve been playing 3 times a week since my club reopened without any issues. GP just told me to avoid heavy lifting.
    Apparently ultrasound isn’t 100% accurate for detecting hernia, best way is too see consultant.
    Lifting is what has destroyed my back, since losing my right leg I have over compensated with my back and hence the hernia I suppose? We live and learn, my golf is struggling to return to where I was in 2019, the hard fairways in Essex were not an easy return to golf. I'm hoping that I can get some sort of consistency back by June? Annoyingly some of my mates don't seem to have been affected by the lack of golf at all? Early days with the Hernia I will get proper advice if I decide to go under the knife that's for sure!

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    I popped an inguinal hernia, whilst working at 275m off china, put up with it for 3 days, did a 7 day decompression, flew home and because of a niggle on the other side had a double mesh repair, was up and about after 10 days.

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    Oh no sorry to hear this mate. Nightmare, will have to catch up very soon. Take it easy mate.

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    Had a weird sensation low left hand side of groin for a few weeks which if I held my hand in the position it felt a lot better. Had a phone call from the quack who said it sounded like classic inguinal hernia. Had the scan and follow up but the specialist signed me off as there was nowt there...he suspected a strain. Gives me a little grief time to time but nothing too bad. I bought a hernia support which helped massively. Look for OPPO supports, although I didn’t have one it eased my strain no end

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrichardsonno9 View Post
    Do your own research, but imho ( and own experience ) avoid keyhole like the plauge and go the open surgery route !
    Before I was given the all clear the doctor told me the exact opposite. With open surgery there’s more of a chance of damage to the tendons/nerves to the old sack.

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    I am currently ‘managing’ a hernia. No real pain but if it stops me doing everything I want to do I will get it fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franky Four Fingers View Post
    Before I was given the all clear the doctor told me the exact opposite. With open surgery there’s more of a chance of damage to the tendons/nerves to the old sack.
    Yep. I’ve had keyhole on both sides a few years ago and two years apart. No issues at all and really quick recovery. My consultant does lots of them and has a good success rate. He also told me that I might as well have the surgery as at my age (early 50’s) it would be a good outcome and no messing about “managing” with it.
    My Dad recently had open surgery and recovery was a lot longer.
    Last edited by craig1912; 11th May 2021 at 20:30.

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    I've got 2 and don't even know they're there; Had a scan for groin pain, hernias were found, but it wasn't the source of the pain, surgeon said don't bother. I believe that most men in their late 50's plus will have them.

    How much pain/discomfort are you in?

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    I’ve had them on both sides, had open surgery on one about 7 years ago and the other 1 year ago. No issues with the surgery either time and they seem to be holding up well. The latest one was “quite sizeable” according to the surgeon but I recovered very quickly. I should have got that one fixed a few years ago to be honest but I never had pain, just discomfort.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Franky Four Fingers View Post
    Before I was given the all clear the doctor told me the exact opposite. With open surgery there’s more of a chance of damage to the tendons/nerves to the old sack.
    I think which Op you have is dependent on size/ protrusion and placement of the hernia isn't it...I was sat on the table and asked my surgeon so am I having the lapro he said no has to be open because of the extent of the tear/ size of my bulge, fnaar, fnaar... got a cracking new scar...

    Interestingly I had nerve pain, sort've internal hot, pinching pain not nice on this area of the bod, though it's not uncommon...as you wrote lots of nerves in the region...but with some good drugs and a couple of weeks for the mesh to really settle, heal in situ, it's calmed right down and now almost unnoticeable/ haven't needed to touch the pills, about 2 weeks now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linocut View Post
    I've got 2 and don't even know they're there; Had a scan for groin pain, hernias were found, but it wasn't the source of the pain, surgeon said don't bother. I believe that most men in their late 50's plus will have them.

    How much pain/discomfort are you in?
    Well to be honest not an awful lot? Its my back that's really giving me gyp. I've ordered a belt and will have the ultra sound (god knows when that will be?).
    My problem is carrying, which I'm not going to do. A fella on U Tube recommends holding both your hernias sites when you poop?? I've been giving that a go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildheart View Post
    Well to be honest not an awful lot? Its my back that's really giving me gyp. I've ordered a belt and will have the ultra sound (god knows when that will be?).
    My problem is carrying, which I'm not going to do. A fella on U Tube recommends holding both your hernias sites when you poop?? I've been giving that a go!
    I hope you get it sorted either way, I have a bad back too so I'm very careful about carrying anything, perhaps that's why they are so "dormant".

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    I have a small inguinal hernia on my right hand side but I didn't bother getting surgery. I decided to live with it until (or unless) it gives trouble.

    It was diagnosed about 8 years ago but I reckon it's been there 20 odd years

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