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Inguinal Hernia


#1

Hi all, i have a left inguinal hernia which i noticed the bulge 3 weeks ago

it disappears when i lie down and pops up after a while when i stand up. Not alot of discomfort, just a mild burning sensation once in a while. I would say its small-medium right now

I plan to see the doctor and get a surgery in 2 months time.

1) is it safe to do purely machine exercises in the mean time? ie.. seated chest press, seated dips, seated rows, seated machine preacher curls?

2) whats the proper breathing method to NOT increase intra abdominal pressure? I know the Valsalva Maneuver is a no-go obviously, but what about stomach vacuums WHILE still breathing normally through the nose and lungs

Does blowing out your stomach while holding your breath increase intra abdomical pressure? Or does sucking in your abdomen increase the pressure??

3) Now in 2015, is the laprosopic TEP mesh method gold standard for least recurrence, chronic pain and post op complications? Still so much differing opinions and literature out there! sigh

TIA for any advice, and i hope everyone on this thread have made full recoveries from this unfortunate injury...


#2

I HAD THE MESH ON ONE SIDE,AND TRADITIONAL REPAIR ON THE OTHER. WITHIN A FEW YEARS APART. WAS DURING THE 90’S. HAVE NOT HAD A ISSUE SINCE. I T HURT ALOT AFTER THE TRADITIONAL REPAIR. THE MESH REPAIR POST OP WAS LESS PAINFULL UNTIL FULL RECOVERY. I’D SAY TAKE IT EASY FOR AT LEAST A MONTH. THE FIRST WEEK SUCKS. YOU CAN BARELY WALK AT ALL, IT WIL BE PULLING, TUGGING ALITTLE FROM INSIDE. BTW, I HAD MY FIRST UMBILICAL HERNIA REPAIRD THIS SUMMER; VERY EASY, FAST RECOVERY.