Okay, my surgery was a double (bi-lateral) inguinal hernia.
As for how I got it? Well, here is the eact routine I did for three weeks as soon as I got back from the 2001 Canada’s Strongest Man in July. Okay, I was goingto compete in the NASS’ North American’s Strongest Man in the heavyweight division even though I only weighed 217lbs. Anyway, here’s the routine: Power cleans up with 275 for three sets of triples, then deadlifts up to 600 for two sets of four. Then my final exercise was the ral killer but it’s old school traning and it works awesome, actually I’m definately goin to do it once I’m better. Anyway, I’d power clean 225, then front squat it, then dump it to the ground after I had squat it. I’d wait exactly one minute then do it again. I did 100 singles of the power clean and front squat. After three weeks of the routine, I noticed some serious buldging in my guts. Don’t get me wrong I did fel some pain in my abdomen but since there was so much adrenaline while training I hardly felt the tearing/pain.
After noticing there lumps and fearing they MAY be hernias, I took a couple of weeks off but I didn’t want to ruin my chances at the Nationals. Anyway, I started deadlifting again but only up to 435 and that’s when I felt some good pain, from then on I went to the doc’s office.
So, that’s how I got the damn things, here’s what happened after the surgery…REMEMBER ALL OF THIS STUFF!!!
On the day of surgery, bring sweat that have a draw string or you can tie up or loosen at the front…basically so loose that they’ll fall off if there not tied up.
HAVE A FRIEND, NOT A FATHER OR MOTHER OR AUNT or SISTER pick you up. They’re going to release you after you can cough on your own and piss on your own. I lied about talking a piss on my own because I was so swelled up that there was no fucking was I was able to. I just wanted to get the hell out of there. Anyway, my buddy had to help me put my sweats on and i had to put ALL OF MY WEIGHT ON HIM just to stand up, don’t forget I had a double hernia. anyway, after I got home I had my girlfriend fill my prescription of pain killers…oh yeah, make sure someone is around for 24 hours to help you out. Getting up to take a piss sucks, but the shittiest thing is getting up and off the couch for the first 24 hours is hard, I mean you can’t use your abdomen AT ALL!!! Don’t think that’s hard? Try it after you’ve read this.
Next, if you get tylenol 3’s for painkillers…go easy on them because you’ll get constipated. (Note - I’d never been constipated in my life until this surgery). Anyway, you’ll want to eat only toast and have water for the first 36-48 hours after the surgery. NO PROTEIN SHAKES!!! They’ll eventually make you want to have a bowel movement and taking a shit after a short while will put pressure on your stitches and holy shit will you be in pain!!! Now, remember only toast and water. Remeber thoug, the worst of it is the first 48 hours, if you can make it through that, you’re home free. The rest is easy street. I stopped taking pain killers after two days. I took my first dump after three days, but I lost a lot of weight but it’s back on now. Umm, after a few days you’ll be able to walk on your on (slow) but you’ll be able to do it on your own. Same with driving…DON’T WEAR BOXERS!!! Just kep wearing the loose fit sweats or track pants or whatever. Other than that…it’s easy street.
If you have any questions…lemme know and I’ll help you out.