Post surgery thoughts
Having gone through the IH pains for over a year and then gone to Dr. Goodyear for surgery two years ago, as you might have read in my earlier posts I am pain free and back to normal life.
For what it is worth I decided to type these post surgery thoughts here. It may apply to you or not but since I am not a medical professional I suggest you exercise caution in applying these to your own case.
1. Surgery IS surgery. It makes your life painful first and THEN IF SURGERY WENT WELL should make you better. There is really no point cribbing about the surgical wound pains and those minor things for 4 to 6 weeks. Just grit the teeth and move on with some pain medication. After 6 weeks if your pain has not gone away, you have something to worry. Really
2. Be sure to do all your research before you fix the surgeon. Skill of surgeon is THE MOST important thing to correct IH. If you chose the wrong surgeon sorry, things can and do go wrong. May be this point needs to be point ZERO but I am typing as they came from top of my head. There are two kinds of surgeons – those with skill and know what they are doing and those with hammer in hand looking for nails to drive. Do ASK every single and silly question you have and discuss with surgeon. He won’t feel silly for asking.
2(a) – Ask this yourself before you open your pants for surgery – Is this the surgeon I can expose my sensitive body parts to be cut and trust? If answer is NO, move on to the next guy.
3. IH to my knowledge is a hole in the pelvic floor and can happen to ANYONE (male or female). It could be genetic too which means if your father, brother has one you are “likely” to get one too (but no necessarily). In my case my father had (never had surgery) and my brother had (Corrected with surgery) The weakness in pelvic floor must be corrected via surgery with a support such as a mesh or another muscle/tissue from another body location. Exercize, eating less, starving yourself to death “PROBABLY” will not work. Believe me I tried those. A hole is a hole is a hole.
4. This point is related to 3 above. If you have IH surgery with mesh you will NOT automatically become a superman after 6 weeks. You cannot kick buildings and lift mountains across the pacific to save sinking Islands somewhere in Europe. You will enjoy pain free life and can assume MOST of the activities but no way you will be superman.
5. Related to 4 again, if you had surgery on one side only and try to behave like a superman, you are LIKELY to get IH on the other side. Why? Because your corrected IH side is stronger and since your pelvic floor had been weak (remember, you had IH on one side for this reason in the first case) it will now break on the other side. Remember the word “likely.”
6. Age is cruel and can kill even supermen. A power lifter at 25 might be a world champion lifting 7500 Kg., but doing the same at 60 can break the back, neck, cause IH and other related problems. Yes sir, we DO ACKNOWLEDGE that you were power lifter ONCE. Ten Hut for it but now you are 60+ and I suggest you give respect to that age and limit your activities. No disrespect for you at all but do you really need such weights at 60+? And if you are a runner do you really need to run 15 miles every day at 60+?
7, If you ask me, I would like to live well till the last moment without any physical or financial dependence on anyone. Physical dependence is much worse you know. So I would rather walk 2 miles daily, lift 10 lbs (yes right TEN pounds) several times, do other things and live diabetes free till late age but would not want to lift 100+ lbs (since I did that at age 22) and break my back and/or spend rest of my life in nursing home being fed through nose.
I apologize this post may hurt someone like Usain Bolt and Arnold Schwarzneggar but having gone through IH surgery this is my personal opinion. I would rather stop lifting heavy stuff even after successful surgery than feel like superman and lift those weights and go back for another surgery.
And also since I went through this surgery, I know the anxiety prior to surgery, the tension to select a good surgeon and the costs involved when going to meet some surgeon away from home etc. I myself went from KY to PA with all family members to get this done with Dr Goodyear. And I spent a good amount of money too. So I know something and how it feels etc. I wish you all the best and pain free life but do remember that you WERE a superman ONCE UPON A TIME and yes sir, those days are past and now accept the reality of time and live with thanks for pain free life.
Who knows what future holds?
Thanks for reading, and take care
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