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Guru
11-06-2012, 05:20 AM
I haven't actually heard anything yet. But since it looks like that is where I am headed, I would love some input from those that have had the surgery done.

pr_capone
11-06-2012, 05:22 AM
No. Barely felt anything but pressure the entire time.

Guru
11-06-2012, 05:24 AM
No. Barely felt anything but pressure the entire time.

They don't knock you out?

UK_Chief
11-06-2012, 05:25 AM
Not as painful as watching the Chiefs

Mr_Tomahawk
11-06-2012, 05:45 AM
Worst pain ever. Best off yourself.

Bacon Cheeseburger
11-06-2012, 05:53 AM
It's terrible. Worst ever. I actually have no fucking idea.

theelusiveeightrop
11-06-2012, 05:54 AM
post op pain is quite manageable.

Hog Farmer
11-06-2012, 06:08 AM
I fix hernias in pigs all the time . They squeal a little but I've never heard one complain. I'd say the key is when they grab you by the legs and sling you over the fence, try not to move around too much, iit just makes it take longer.

ZepSinger
11-06-2012, 06:40 AM
I haven't actually heard anything yet. But since it looks like that is where I am headed, I would love some input from those that have had the surgery done.

I'm scheduled to have mine in 2 weeks- I'll let you know shortly after...

EDIT: BTW- my surgery will be at Menorah hospital in Leawood. The doc is using mesh, and it'll be open (not Laparoscopic). I'm taking a week off work, with the option of a few additional days if still in pain. I sit in front of a PC all day, so there'll be nothing physically taxing about returning to work. My biggest concern is my weekend band gig 2 weeks after surgery. Guess I won't be lifting any equipment for awhile.. :-)

Z

theelusiveeightrop
11-06-2012, 06:51 AM
GL Zep. You will be fine. Just don't hang Christmas lights the next day like I did, so you reduce this risk of having surgery twice.

Guru
11-06-2012, 06:51 AM
I'm scheduled to have mine in 2 weeks- I'll let you know shortly after...

EDIT: BTW- my surgery will be at Menorah hospital in Leawood. The doc is using mesh, and it'll be open (not Laparoscopic). I'm taking a week off work, with the option of a few additional days if still in pain. I sit in front of a PC all day, so there'll be nothing physically taxing about returning to work. My biggest concern is my weekend band gig 2 weeks after surgery. Guess I won't be lifting any equipment for awhile.. :-)

Z

I get my consult in 2 weeks. I sure hope they don't make me take a week off work because I don't even have the days built up yet.

ZepSinger
11-06-2012, 07:14 AM
I get my consult in 2 weeks. I sure hope they don't make me take a week off work because I don't even have the days built up yet.

Sending you a PM...

Mr. Plow
11-06-2012, 07:23 AM
I get my consult in 2 weeks. I sure hope they don't make me take a week off work because I don't even have the days built up yet.


How quickly do you have to have the surgery?

kcchiefsus
11-06-2012, 07:29 AM
I had hernia surgery when I was in college. I had the surgery on a Thursday and I'm pretty sure I was back to school by Monday. I was in some pain after the drugs wore off but it wasn't excruciating by any means. Ideally if you can lay in bed or on the couch as much as possible the pain isn't bad, it would hurt the most when I had to get up and walk.

luv
11-06-2012, 07:32 AM
Dad's first hernia surgery about 10 years ago went pretty well. I think he said he was only out of work for a few days. The second time a couple of years ago, it was emergency hernia surgery. They had to put him under instead of using local anesthetic. That, added to the fact that he was a bit older (nearly 60 at the time), recovery took a month. He spent the whole time in bed, and couldn't keep anything down. I'm guessing you'll be fine. :)

Lzen
11-06-2012, 07:52 AM
Just make sure they give you enough pain meds. I had an umbilical hernia done a decade or so ago. They started and I was fine at first. Then I started feeling them cutting. So they gave me more local anesthetic and started again. Then I felt pain again. Third time was the charm. I don't remember how long it took to heal, but I don't recall it being a big deal.

WV
11-06-2012, 08:06 AM
My Mother-In-Law had an open surgery one and said the recovery is the worst she'd ever experienced, so much so that she doesn't want to go back and have it done correctly with mesh this time.

The Iron Chief
11-06-2012, 08:10 AM
Well my wifes hernia surgery is tomorrow morning 6 AM so I'll drop a message on here how it goes for her.
And yes its comparable to a guy because shes the active athletic type so shes tough and hopes to go for her evening run tomorrow night.. lol.. but we all know thats not happening..however I said that after her C section and well she ran the next god damn day no matter how much I grumbled at her.

Mojo Jojo
11-06-2012, 08:19 AM
They put me out totally...mine was a double. Pain for first day and a half...but had good meds. The staples used to close me up freaked me out.

saphojunkie
11-06-2012, 08:37 AM
I haven't actually heard anything yet. But since it looks like that is where I am headed, I would love some input from those that have had the surgery done.

I had surgery last month for two bilateral hernias.

The surgery method has changed inthe last few years. It is done laparoscopically now, where a mesh netting is grafted over the hole in the abdoninal wall.

There's pain and more than they tell you. Additionally, they fill your abdomen with gas in order to make room for the camera. This gas pressure, combined with constipation from the codeine, makes for a horrible few days of trying to poop unsuccessfully but always feeling immense pressure to.

You're better after a week and able to run after two.

Buehler445
11-06-2012, 08:52 AM
Neighbor had one, said they did it laproscopically, and released him that day. He was pretty tender for awhile.

One thing I know for sure, is make goddamn sure you don't be a dumbass and re-injure. Then it DOES hurt. That's when they hack you open and put some mesh and shit in. Bad news soldier.

The Iron Chief
11-06-2012, 09:13 AM
I had surgery last month for two bilateral hernias.

The surgery method has changed inthe last few years. It is done laparoscopically now, where a mesh netting is grafted over the hole in the abdoninal wall.

There's pain and more than they tell you. Additionally, they fill your abdomen with gas in order to make room for the camera. This gas pressure, combined with constipation from the codeine, makes for a horrible few days of trying to poop unsuccessfully but always feeling immense pressure to.

You're better after a week and able to run after two.

This is exactly what my wifes procedure will be tomorrow.
I'm afraid her plans to go for her run the next eve will have to wait.
I'm preparing to go full out Mr Mom for the next week.

ChiefButthurt
11-06-2012, 09:52 AM
I had surgery last month for two bilateral hernias.

The surgery method has changed inthe last few years. It is done laparoscopically now, where a mesh netting is grafted over the hole in the abdoninal wall.

There's pain and more than they tell you. Additionally, they fill your abdomen with gas in order to make room for the camera. This gas pressure, combined with constipation from the codeine, makes for a horrible few days of trying to poop unsuccessfully but always feeling immense pressure to.

You're better after a week and able to run after two.

THIS. Identical to my surgery. The doctor will not be able to describe the pain if they haven't had it done themselves. Day three and four were the toughest, I don't miss work and I missed a week for the surgery. You will not lift anything for four weeks....that's some serious stuff when they open your stomach area. Oh and my nuts were black and blue for three to four weeks. Mood killer for sure. :p

RunKC
11-06-2012, 11:59 AM
Nope. I had that surgery in 6th grade and it wasn't too bad. You just can't carry anything heavy for like 6 weeks after the surgery.

KILLER_CLOWN
11-06-2012, 12:02 PM
I've heard the recovery is what sucks, you have to be super careful afterwords not to yank things out of place.

Bowser
11-06-2012, 12:03 PM
You'll be laid out for a week, maybe two. After that, they'll tell you to take it easy with the physical stuff.

I felt pretty normal after a few weeks, but that was way back in '94. Had the mesh, they cut me open.

Chiefspants
11-06-2012, 12:29 PM
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saphojunkie
11-06-2012, 02:40 PM
NO ONE TELLS YOU THAT YOUR TESTICLES AND PENIS SHAFT WILL TURN PURPLE FROM BRUISING. NEARLY BLACK. IT'S TERRIFYING AND EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW BEFORE THEY FREAK THE FUCK OUT IN THE SHOWER.



Just my opinion.

saphojunkie
11-06-2012, 02:41 PM
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The Iron Chief
11-06-2012, 04:11 PM
NO ONE TELLS YOU THAT YOUR TESTICLES AND PENIS SHAFT WILL TURN PURPLE FROM BRUISING. NEARLY BLACK. IT'S TERRIFYING AND EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW BEFORE THEY FREAK THE **** OUT IN THE SHOWER.



Just my opinion.

Holy FcK if your right about this and my Wife comes home in that condition I'm soooo out of here!!!!

Guru
11-06-2012, 04:13 PM
Man, my consult is on the 21st. Not sure if I'll be able to wait that long. Really bugging me today.

bevischief
11-06-2012, 04:18 PM
Man, my consult is on the 21st. Not sure if I'll be able to wait that long. Really bugging me today.

Nothing a hammer to the nutts can't fix...LMAO

Guru
11-06-2012, 04:22 PM
Nothing a hammer to the nutts can't fix...LMAO

You shut your whore mouth!!!!:mad:

bevischief
11-06-2012, 04:33 PM
You shut your whore mouth!!!!:mad:

LMAO

Guru
01-07-2013, 10:55 AM
Just got informed of what the facility fee would be. JFC Doesn't even include the surgeon and anesthesia fee.

Considering I'm not really in any real pain anymore I'm rethinking if this is really necessary.

Strongside
01-07-2013, 10:56 AM
My younger brother had the surgery a few years back. Didn't really experience much pain at all.

KILLER_CLOWN
01-07-2013, 10:58 AM
Just got informed of what the facility fee would be. JFC Doesn't even include the surgeon and anesthesia fee.

Considering I'm not really in any real pain anymore I'm rethinking if this is really necessary.

Good Call sir, I would think long and hard and maybe even(considering the price) get a 2nd or 3rd or (whatever turn it is) opinion.

htismaqe
01-07-2013, 11:02 AM
Additionally, they fill your abdomen with gas in order to make room for the camera. This gas pressure, combined with constipation from the codeine, makes for a horrible few days of trying to poop unsuccessfully but always feeling immense pressure to.

This is common practice with these types of surgeries in the abdominal cavity. In some cases, pressure from the gas can actually feel like a heart attack and hurt all the way up into your shoulder.

Having been through it, I can tell you this - no amount of codeine/oxycodone will help with it but 800mg of ibuprofen and it's gone almost instantly.

something cooler
01-07-2013, 11:03 AM
Just got informed of what the facility fee would be. JFC Doesn't even include the surgeon and anesthesia fee.

Considering I'm not really in any real pain anymore I'm rethinking if this is really necessary.

You're just afraid of the surgery. Man up.

Bowser
01-07-2013, 11:09 AM
Just got informed of what the facility fee would be. JFC Doesn't even include the surgeon and anesthesia fee.

Considering I'm not really in any real pain anymore I'm rethinking if this is really necessary.

Dangers of not treating a hernia : A guide to Hernias

It is easy to assume that if you are not experiencing any symptoms with a hernia then you can just ignore it in the hope that it will go away.

Unfortunately this isn’t always the case.

An untreated hernia will increase in size over a period of time which will also become more uncomfortable as well.

If you have a hiatus hernia then the danger with this is that stomach acid damages your oesophagus as it flows into it. This can lead to the development of ulcers which in extreme cases can bleed causing the patient to vomit. If blood is present in the vomit then emergency medical treatment is needed.

This can also result in anaemia.

Another problem is that of a strangulated hernia which can occur with any type of hernia. This is a condition in which the hernia remains trapped in place (known as ‘irreducible’) and becomes tightly compressed. This compression results in the blood supply being cut off to the tissue or internal organ (e.g. bowel) which comprises the hernia.

If this happens then the tissue or organ can deteriorate which is a potentially serious condition. The hernia becomes red, swollen and painful to the touch and is accompanied by symptoms such as the following:
•Nausea and vomiting
•Fever
•Severe pain
•Constipation

This requires emergency surgery to release the trapped hernia and restore the blood supply. This is a far more complicated form of surgery than that for hernia repair which means a longer recovery period.

So it is in your best interests to
have your hernia seen to as soon as possible.

http://www.medic8.com/healthguide/hernias/dangers-of-not-treating-a-hernia.html

saphojunkie
01-07-2013, 11:23 AM
You have to get a physical exactly one week prior to surgery. Schedule your surgery on a thursday or friday, and you will be back to work Monday.

Buy a pair of pants one size too big. The biggest pain is the pressure on your intestines from the gas. They pump you full of CO2 in order to have space for the fiberoptic camera. That gas puts pressure on you for 10 days. It will feel like 24 hours a day you have to take a HUGE dump, but you cannot. And it hurts to try.

Then, it's just gone, and you're fine.

Oh, and don't do any significant core exercises for a few weeks, despite them telling you that you are totally fine. It can hurt where they staple in the mesh.

The surgery itself lasts about an hour. You will be knocked out with general anesthesia. If you don't have a problem with anesthesia, then the surgery is as close to risk-free as you can hope for.

Dayze
01-07-2013, 11:24 AM
they hurt twice as much.

especially the square needle part.

crazycoffey
01-07-2013, 11:32 AM
Two, get good drugs. It could be worse.

wilas101
01-07-2013, 11:33 AM
I had three done a few years back. Don't remember what the technical names are but belly button and both sides of my groin.

My best advice is watch some chick flicks while you're recuperating. I had the surgery on a thursday and laid around friday, saturday and sunday...... funniest goddamned weekend of television i've ever experienced.

Funny and hernia repair do not mix well.

johnny961
01-07-2013, 11:45 AM
Dangers of not treating a hernia : A guide to Hernias

It is easy to assume that if you are not experiencing any symptoms with a hernia then you can just ignore it in the hope that it will go away.

Unfortunately this isn’t always the case.

An untreated hernia will increase in size over a period of time which will also become more uncomfortable as well.

If you have a hiatus hernia then the danger with this is that stomach acid damages your oesophagus as it flows into it. This can lead to the development of ulcers which in extreme cases can bleed causing the patient to vomit. If blood is present in the vomit then emergency medical treatment is needed.

This can also result in anaemia.

Another problem is that of a strangulated hernia which can occur with any type of hernia. This is a condition in which the hernia remains trapped in place (known as ‘irreducible’) and becomes tightly compressed. This compression results in the blood supply being cut off to the tissue or internal organ (e.g. bowel) which comprises the hernia.

If this happens then the tissue or organ can deteriorate which is a potentially serious condition. The hernia becomes red, swollen and painful to the touch and is accompanied by symptoms such as the following:
•Nausea and vomiting
•Fever
•Severe pain
•Constipation

This requires emergency surgery to release the trapped hernia and restore the blood supply. This is a far more complicated form of surgery than that for hernia repair which means a longer recovery period.

So it is in your best interests to
have your hernia seen to as soon as possible.

http://www.medic8.com/healthguide/hernias/dangers-of-not-treating-a-hernia.html

This. My general practicianer and surgeon both warned me prior to my surgery that severe complications could arise if gone untreated. I had a double done a couple years back. Gonna be pretty sore for about the first week. The occasional tinge of pain when you bend, twist, or squat wrong will last for a month or so but then pretty much unnoticeable. I was off work for 2 weeks having both sides done lapascopically. May be less depending on what type of work you do. My work involves some heavy manual labor so my doc was erring on the safe side so I would not reinjure.

sd4chiefs
01-07-2013, 12:18 PM
My middle name should be hernia. I have had five over the years. 1971, 1984, 1991, 2004, 2010. It's a family curse.

Lzen
01-07-2013, 12:34 PM
Rod, listen to the peeps about getting it done. Not doing anything can lead to a worse situation later down the road. Just do it. It will not be as bad as you might think.

Guru
01-07-2013, 01:08 PM
Rod, listen to the peeps about getting it done. Not doing anything can lead to a worse situation later down the road. Just do it. It will not be as bad as you might think.

At this point it is the cost I am worried about. I'm not really concerned about the surgery itself anymore. I wasn't expecting what they told me today.