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Thursday went to swap out a couple of circuit breakers.

That evening noticed some discomfort in my groin. When I took a shower later, noticed a bulge where I didn't have one on Wednesday.

Friday went to the doctor, confirmed it, hernia.

Going to see the surgeon next week and see what we can do to fix it.

Well maybe not the whole season but about 6 weeks worth of it.

Happened at work so covered under workman's comp. Guess if there's a silver lining in here, that would be it.
 

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I had 2 of them Gunny, 1 on each side 2 years apart. Although I was much younger (25) I was up in 1 day, out and about in 3 days, fully recovered in 7 days, don't delay the repair!
 

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I had one of those about 10 years ago. An inguinal (sp?) hernia. They fixed it arthroscopically with a patch of kevlar cloth. I was walking that day and back to work within 10 days light duty, 2 weeks full duty. The only down side is I have to take an antibiotic just before any dental work. Before having the procedure I put up with it for about 6 months. Just kept pushing it back in. Glad I had the fix. Wish I would have had the other side done as a preventive. Talk to your doc and see if this type of procedure is possible for you. Saves a bunch of time and pain. Good luck, Gunny.
 

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I had both sides done about thirty years ago at the Shouldice Hernia Hospital just north of Toronto Canada. My insurance covered 100% of the cost. They did the left side on Tuesday & the right side on Thursday & I was back to work on Monday. They make you exercise right after the surgery by walking back to your room from the basement to the third floor. The steps on each stair are taller than normal. They make you exercise on & off all day. The cafeteria is in the basement so you have to walk down to it three times a day.

One of my co-workers had the same hernia repaired three times and then went to the Shouldice hospital and has had no problems since.

Get ready for some pain Gunny. After the surgery you will know just how much you use all of the muscles.
 

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Gunny, You must stop moving your M198 around by "yourself"!!
 

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I had my right side done about 10 years ago. I was referred to the best surgeon in Tucson - and we have many with a very high profile medical school - and our aged population. It's a good place to get sick...

I asked him whether to do it arthroscopically or the old way and he said he could do either, but when pushed he said the old school way was still the best, and it was patched with mesh.

I had just a little bit of a "sting" at the incision for a few days afterward - that's it. I think I did some mild pain meds for a day. I wouldn't even classify it as pain.

You do have to allow it 6 weeks to heal before doing any lifting, but I can't see ANY reason why you couldn't be riding with 7-10 days without any discomfort that a couple of Ibuprofen won't take care of. I was. :bike:

Once the incision has healed and the stitches come out you are good to go - minus the heavy lifting.
 

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Matt said:
I had one of those about 10 years ago. An inguinal (sp?) hernia. They fixed it arthroscopically with a patch of kevlar cloth. I was walking that day and back to work within 10 days light duty, 2 weeks full duty. The only down side is I have to take an antibiotic just before any dental work. Before having the procedure I put up with it for about 6 months. Just kept pushing it back in. Glad I had the fix. Wish I would have had the other side done as a preventive. Talk to your doc and see if this type of procedure is possible for you. Saves a bunch of time and pain. Good luck, Gunny.
You have to take an antibiotic before any dental work - due to your 10 year old hernia operation? :think:

I'm not a doctor, (but I do play one on TV :D) I'm married to an RN, and my best friend is the head of the ER at the largest hospital in Tucson.

They agree the only reason you would take antibiotics before dental work is IF you were having major work done that could cause massive bleeding, tissue damage and IF you had heart issues and could be at risk for bacterial endocarditis.

You would need to take them for several days before the work for them to be effective - and most likely would need to continue them for several days afterward - depending on what was prescribed.

Me, I just drink whiskey and bite the bullet. :lol8:
 

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Get it done laparoscopically, minimally invasive, and back to a normal routine sooner.
 

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Seems like everyone has their hernia story.....

Only pain I remember is after surgery, having to sneeze and the pain that would follow. A trick I learned was to blow my nose at any indication of a sneeze. It would prevent the sneeze and the pain to follow...

Listen to your doctor, we all just stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.....
 

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Sorry to hear of your problem Gunny. :( get all healed up and just make damn sure that you don't drop the LT and have to pick it up. :rolleyes:
 

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I had one done 55 years ago.. I was 5 at the time & ask my mom what is this lump.. I was in the hospital a full week..Racing wheelchairs with a nether kid. Now i think it is like a landry in by10 out by 2.
 

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These breakers weigh 280 pounds.

As this happened at work, workman's comp involved. What a mess that gets.

In the middle of a battle with the doctor's office girl. Says I need to fill out a Department of Labor form, will cost me $15. Told her OK, give me the form and I'll fill it out, no, we don't have the form and an outside vendor has to do that. Told her that sounds like a racket, where do I get the form. No, not a racket, doctor next door charges $50 to do this, your getting a bargain costs to get this form. Sounds like a racket to me and me, world famous for cutting off my nose to spite my face take to arguing about this. Got to the point that she told me if I didn't pay the $15 they wouldn't do the surgery. Told her fine, I'll find another doctor. Had a whole bunch of phone messages waiting for me when I got home. The surgeon, the office manager, HR rep from work. I win, kind of, someone is going to cover the $15. Point of this is that it may be legit but got all the ear mark of a racket. They even have a sign (well had a sign) in English and Spanish indicating that the fee for this form must be paid for in cash, check and credit cards not accepted.

Surgery scheduled for the 25th.

Surgeon indicates he can't do it laproscopically due to scar tissue from previous surgery (knife wounds) in the area.
 

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Best wishes and speedy recovery. I'm glad you are getting laperscopic. I had an abdominal hernia. I was scheduled for laperscopic but 3 days before I got hit by that Rave4 in '05. By the time I was able to get it done they had to do it the old way. Don't do it the old way. Too much time to heal. When I go to the dentist I take 4 amoxicillin 1 hour before my appointment because of the titanium rods in my left leg from that '05 accident. I have rods and plates in my neck from the '08 accident. The amoxicillian is just a precaution. Not a big deal.
 

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You have to take an antibiotic before any dental work - due to your 10 year old hernia operation? :think:

I'm not a doctor, (but I do play one on TV :D) I'm married to an RN, and my best friend is the head of the ER at the largest hospital in Tucson.

They agree the only reason you would take antibiotics before dental work is IF you were having major work done that could cause massive bleeding, tissue damage and IF you had heart issues and could be at risk for bacterial endocarditis.

You would need to take them for several days before the work for them to be effective - and most likely would need to continue them for several days afterward - depending on what was prescribed.

Me, I just drink whiskey and bite the bullet. :lol8:
Ron,

Stick to the whiskey advice. I am a doctor, retired dentist, and the AAOS and AHA recommend 2 grams of Amoxicillin 1 hour prior to any dental procedure which could create blood bacteremias which have a rare chance of infecting artificial joints, heart valves, etc. This would include oral surgery as well as scaling/root planning which is often done as part of a routine dental hygiene prophylaxis appointment. Even whiskey can't kill all the nasty bacteria in the mouth. ;)

Ride safe,

Bruce :)
 

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I had both sides done about thirty years ago at the Shouldice Hernia Hospital just north of Toronto Canada. My insurance covered 100% of the cost. They did the left side on Tuesday & the right side on Thursday & I was back to work on Monday. They make you exercise right after the surgery by walking back to your room from the basement to the third floor. The steps on each stair are taller than normal. They make you exercise on & off all day. The cafeteria is in the basement so you have to walk down to it three times a day.
Dave,

IS this why some are against a single payer medical system like in Canada?

No elevators in the hosptals, walk to get your crappy hospital food?

Man, I am gonna have to write someone about this..
 

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Dave,

IS this why some are against a single payer medical system like in Canada?

No elevators in the hosptals, walk to get your crappy hospital food?

Man, I am gonna have to write someone about this..
And on top of all that they didn't give us any pain killers either :( . I was :confused: at first until they told us the pain would determine how soon and how much work you could do. I went back to work on monday. Using a manual 50 ton press to change axle bearings was the hardest thing for me to do for about a month.
 
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