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Postby ken k » Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:46 pm

hello fellow tubenetters,
so I had laporoscopic (sp?) surgery last Wednesday (March 29) to repair an inguinal (?) hernia. The doc said two weeks I could play again. I hope so, I have an Easter gig.

Anyone out in Tubenetland have hernia surgery? if so how long til you played again.

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Re: playing after hernia surgery

Postby Tubainsauga » Sat Apr 01, 2017 5:15 pm

I had an open hernia repair done on a Wednesday and was back rehearsing by the Sunday. That said, I was moving slowly and carefully and play a very light tuba (Rudy 3/4) and it wasn't without discomfort. The incision would ache after some rehearsals for maybe three weeks but everything healed up fine.
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Re: playing after hernia surgery

Postby tofu » Sun Apr 02, 2017 2:29 am

I had bilateral hernia surgery and was back playing within 2 weeks. Heck, I went out a week after and bought a 6 Hp gas engine pressure washer and loaded & unloaded it from my suv - my doctor would not have been happy knowing that - I'm bad at being idle. :shock:

My band suffered the sad loss of a member in her thirties who had a hernia explode and wipe out 65% of her lower intestine and the doctors could do nothing to save her.

Hernias can be very dangerous and folks somestimes put off getting them taken care of.

Good Luck with you recovery!
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Re: playing after hernia surgery

Postby hup_d_dup » Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:29 am

My doctor was more concerned about lifting the tuba rather than playing it. If you're not going to lift it, you're probably not going to play it.

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Re: playing after hernia surgery

Postby bort » Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:17 am

Tofu, that is terrifying. Sorry for the loss of your band member. :(
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Re: playing after hernia surgery

Postby Slamson » Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:53 pm

I had the "stereo" (both sides) done years ago and was given the OK to play in two weeks by my surgeon - but I wasn't allowed to pick up more than 15 pounds! Actually it worked out really good, since for the next three orchestra concerts the stagehands had to take my horn out of the car, and then set it in my lap on stage. Felt like I was some sort of diva.
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Re: playing after hernia surgery

Postby tbonesullivan » Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:17 am

Laparoscopic surgery definitely eliminates a lot of the recovery as compared to open surgery, where they have to make a incisions through muscle. It's mainly just waiting for the hernia and small incisions to heal, compared to having to wait for the muscle wall to heal and go through rehab.
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Re: playing after hernia surgery

Postby ken k » Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:27 pm

Thanks for the replies. I feel I am pretty much back to normal now after three weeks. Was playing after two weeks, Played Easter with no problems.

It is amazing how much you use your abdominal muscles without realizing it. The first week was uncomfortable, especially if I sneezed or coughed. Once I was sitting or standing I was OK, but trying to move from one of those positions to the other was not fun.

All in all however, not bad.
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