blazin wrote:This morning I discovered what I believe to be a hernia. Not sure how/when it occurred; I can't recall any recent pain nor am I in pain currently. I understand hernias usually require surgery to fix. My questions:
- how urgent is it to get it looked at/fixed (am leaving today for week+ trip)?
- How long would post-op recovery take (ie how long would it limit my climbing/training)?
Thanks for any input!
I would second what smoove said. Get it looked at sooner rather than later.
I worked out and ran for a couple of or maybe 3 years with mine (30-40 miles per week) and never experience any pain. But my doc. noticed it (it was getting larger, basically as my guts were trying to escape
) when I went in for something else. My doc. also noticed an umbilical hernia. I was told that there was a remote possibility that the intestine could squeeze out quickly and cause severe pain (as well as be life threatening.)
Surgery was quick. I was in in the morning and home that afternoon. Recovery took time. My surgeon was an old climber and pushed me to get active asap even though I didn't feel like it. He had me walking right away (with lots of meds) and jogging after a month. I had a minor complication that slowed my recovery. One of the screws they used to attach the mesh support to the lower stomach muscles rubbed against a nerve in my right side/leg. No meds could touch that pain whenever the nerve got rubbed, hah. Oh, well. Took awhile to sort it out and resume training at a higher intensity. Good luck.