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    Sticky: Ah, I hope you get well soon. That would...

    Ah, I hope you get well soon. That would certainly hurt during bowel movement. Will you need surgery?
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    Sticky: My doctor prefers laparoscopic TEP. I asked him...

    My doctor prefers laparoscopic TEP. I asked him about the robot (da Vinci), and he said he can use the robot but there is no advantage of using it. He also said the robot requires a larger incision...
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    Sticky: That sounds like probably where the hernia is....

    That sounds like probably where the hernia is. Yes, a full bladder can push on the hernia as well depending on where it is located, but it wasn't the case for my left-side indirect hernia.
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    Sticky: I am not sure where exactly you're referring to...

    I am not sure where exactly you're referring to but pain normally happens at the hernia site and especially during bowel movement or bowel gas, when the enlarged bowel strains the abdominal-wall tear...
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    Sticky: You probably have direct hernias, which are...

    You probably have direct hernias, which are caused by tears in the abdominal floor.

    Pain before the hernia repair is normal, and it could happen in the hernia site or in the testicle.

    Meshes...
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    Sticky: Indirect hernias are more common than direct...

    Indirect hernias are more common than direct hernias. Right-side indirect hernias are more common than left-side indirect hernias. Indirect hernias are always congenital. Direct hernias are caused by...
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    Sticky: No, I think you got lucky to escape it!

    No, I think you got lucky to escape it!
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    Sticky: That sounds too invasive on your nerves and...

    That sounds too invasive on your nerves and spermatic cord. Don't do it. Find another surgeon. Conservativeness is the most important thing in hernia surgery, and his approach is the opposite with...
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    Sticky: Interesting. Mine recommended laparoscopic for...

    Interesting. Mine recommended laparoscopic for slightly (by one and a half days) faster healing, but I went with open. They both have advantages and disadvantages.

    Since the laparoscopic mesh is a...
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    Sticky: I don't know what the repair technique was in...

    I don't know what the repair technique was in your case -- probably Lichtenstein -- but if the hernia repair is done right, you should never get a hernia again, especially with a mesh, which is far...
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    Sticky: No. Indirect inguinal hernias, which are the...

    No.

    Indirect inguinal hernias, which are the most common form, are definitely always congenital, not age- or lift-related. You're born with them. They are caused by congenitally enlarged inner...
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    Sticky: Yeah, lifting weights is the best thing I do for...

    Yeah, lifting weights is the best thing I do for myself, helping me keep and look young and healthy. Definitely sustainability is the goal.
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    Sticky: Thanks! Taking a five-month break, wearing a...

    Thanks! Taking a five-month break, wearing a collar for two months, and not eating well aggravated a shoulder injury. I don't know if the car wreck otherwise had anything to do with that (like...
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    Sticky: I haven't been here for a long time. I will...

    I haven't been here for a long time. I will provide with an update.

    When I was eleven years old: Right-side open hernia surgery without mesh (tissue repair, exact technique unknown) to fix an...
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    Sticky: No, it is not at all. Ideally you need someone...

    No, it is not at all. Ideally you need someone with 400+ surgeries performed. The learning curve for laparoscopy is very steep and it's a long, slow process to learn it.

    Nevertheless, good luck...
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    Sticky: Yeah, with recurrence, the preferred technique is...

    Yeah, with recurrence, the preferred technique is posterior (either closed lap or open posterior) for previous anterior repairs and anterior for previous posterior repairs. This way, scar tissue is...
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    Sticky: Yep, only 5 cm (2 inches). So, the scar (or lack...

    Yep, only 5 cm (2 inches). So, the scar (or lack of it) turned out to be the least to worry.

    It's been eleven months now after the Lichtenstein open repair with mesh for a left-side primary...
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    Sticky: Pain without other symptoms such as a bulge is...

    Pain without other symptoms such as a bulge is the practical definition of a sports hernia.

    I didn't have much pain with my left and right indirect inguinal hernias -- mostly on occasion when the...
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    Sticky: If it was painful, it was probably a sports...

    If it was painful, it was probably a sports hernia, about which I posted a link a few posts ago. True hernias hardly hurt.

    Yeah, no need to rush. I would give it six to eight weeks after surgery...
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    Sticky: Do you know if you had a femoral hernia, which is...

    Do you know if you had a femoral hernia, which is more common in women? If so, laparoscopic surgery was the right choice, as femoral hernias are hard to fix from the front. I'm surprised you had...
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