ModeratorFebruary 6, 2015 at 5:16 am
future of inguinal repair and PT
Fantastic discussion by all.
We really truly need a defined physical therapy regimen for pre- and post-hernia repair patients. I’m so glad do many of you have brought up this topic. At the Shouldice clinic in Toronto, where everyone has a 48 hour stay after their inguinal hernia repair, they are asked to ride stationary bikes those two days. There are bikes all over their campus. They also have pool tables, encouraging bending and other movements.
I strongly believe that all abdominal and inguinal operations, not just hernia repairs, should be followed by a strengthening regimen–just like orthopedic surgery. We just don’t have any hard evidence to support any specific regimen. It’s not been in the culture of general surgeons.
I would love to work with any therapist, patient, and surgeon who is interested in helping devise a regimen, and then test its efficacy.
WasInTN: very informative posts. Please name your surgeon here so that others may seek him for similar excellent care.