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tready


Mar 20, 2011, 3:50 AM
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Hi,

Well, I was lucky enough to have an inguinal hernia, and just had it fixed last week. Went in today and the doctor told me six months before I can lift weights again. I'm wondering how this goes with climbing.

I'm currently working in the Middle East, and I have limited access to some short, meh-caliber limestone sport routes, so for the time being, this isn't an issue However, I was planning on spending all of my summer running around in the mountains back in the states. I can understand waiting several months before you resume things like squats and dead lifts, but I'm curious about people's past experiences with hernia recoveries.

It's not like I'll be cranking out overhaning 5.14 stuff either. I'll more than likely be grumbling and swearing my way up the .8s and .9s.

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shockabuku


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I've had both sides repaired. In both instances they did a conventional surgery (not laparoscopic) and inserted a mesh as part of the procedure (might be a different recovery time for a different procedure). I think I was out 6 weeks each time and from there I did what was reasonably comfortable.


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shockabuku wrote:
I've had both sides repaired. In both instances they did a conventional surgery (not laparoscopic) and inserted a mesh as part of the procedure (might be a different recovery time for a different procedure). I think I was out 6 weeks each time and from there I did what was reasonably comfortable.

That's what they did for me too. Open surgery, mesh barrier. I got the green light for non-weight related activities after a month. I was thinking six months sounded like a very generous estimate.


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Seems awfully long to me. It's been a few years though and I wasn't doing any serious weight training then anyway.


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I had a similar experience right after Thanksgiving in 2006, but I was skiing a week after surgery, ice climbing by Christmas, and ready to rock climb by March.


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I had the same hernia, mesh repair from a specialist. He put in what he described as a more flexible mesh given my activities. I lift weights but not heavy. My primary sports are climbing and other endurance sports.

Apparently for weight lifters he had a less flexible mesh he'd use.

anyway I was told I could resume pretty much everything after 8 weeks, just to not go crazy right off the bat. I was carefully traversing two weeks after to try and maintain arm strength.

I had no problems resuming normal activity... I always avoid anything that feels like it might be questionable however.

The only thing my doctor warned of is things like crazy yoga poses "don't try and fold yourself into a pretzel" and so on. Nor would I go out and decide to become a body builder at this point. I lift just as much as I could before.

I think bench press might be one of the ones to watch out for just going by the feeling. For me I like putting my feet up on the end of the bench vs on the floor, and really engaging my core. With feet on the ground it feels like that wants to push out that area, and I recall before the repair it would actually do so sometimes.

I think engaging your core lots for really everything will help prevent an injury. My doctor also warned against heavy core work. I work my core extensively and have had no issues. Occasionally there will be an exercise I'll try that I'll feel like maybe is pushing it, so I just won't do that one.

hope that helps


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