What is your story about?
In Feb 2019 I had surgery to repair an inguinal hernia. It took about 5 weeks of recovery for me to feel like I could do anything I wanted. Overall the process was painful, but I would recommend the surgery because the hernia won't go away on its own.
When was your hernia surgery?
I had hernia surgery in February of 2019. My hernia wasn't a result of lifting but changing my tires. Mine wasn't huge, but they said it's something that would need surgery eventually, so I wanted to just get it over with.
How was the recovery process?
By the beginning of March, I was able to go on a light jog, and aside from some soreness (and being out of shape already) it was not horrible. My doctor told me to wait 5 weeks before getting back into any heavy lifting, but I decided to wait a bit longer than that and just stick to some light weights to at least prevent the loss of any further muscle. Within a month I felt a lot better, I could still feel some slight pain, but overall felt like I could do everything I was able to before.
I had to take a week off of work, but once that was over I was at about 80% of functionality.
Has the hernia affected your life?
To be honest the whole process sucks, and I will be a lot more careful in the future.
Overall, would you recommend the surgery?
I'd recommend the surgery, as its not something that will go away on its own. Also, the pain caused by it before surgery, while not terrible, would have been annoying to keep dealing with in the future. If you have the option, I'd recommend getting the mesh put in place because with it you have a much smaller chance of getting another hernia in the same location.