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Skiing with a Hernia

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Just to top off this bust of a season I'm having due to warm temps and no snow in PA I now have a hernia! I have a trip to Crested Butte planned in 3 weeks. While I am fighting with my insurance company to cover my CT Scan I'm wondering if I should ski. The hernia is up on my left side (not groin area). I have been hearing conflicting opinions about how much activity is OK. I don't have any pain except a slight discomfort at times.

I'm wondering if anybody has had this type of situation and still skiied? By general practioner doesn't ski (so can't relate) but said that he has had guys that came to him with hernias in the spring and waited until fall to have surgery so they could play golf all summer. I have an appt. with a surgeon next week and I am hoping he is a skier so he can really relate.
post #2 of 8
Matt,

Definately talk to your Doc and tell him what you want to do. I currently have a small hernia at my naval. It was a result of some other crap and surgery I've gone through. My G.I. Doc has no problem with me skiing.

I've done some skiing and I'm careful. I don't lift or pull or do any other thing that might cause problems. I don't want to screw things up any more than they are.

In any case it is going to depend on location and size of the hernia along with a bunch of other factors. I hope you get a Doc that understands and skis.

Maybe Dr. Frau can chime in with a comment or two.

Good luck.
post #3 of 8
I skied with a naval hernia for 8-10 years.

Just keep in mind that if it tears, you might end up with emergency surgery with a doctor you don't know instead of a planned surgery with a doctor you picked.

What do they call the guy who finished last at medical school in Mexico? Doctor!
post #4 of 8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lurking bear

Just keep in mind that if it tears, you might end up with emergency surgery with a doctor you don't know instead of a planned surgery with a doctor you picked.
That's my main fear.
post #5 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by lurking bear

Just keep in mind that if it tears, you might end up with emergency surgery with a doctor you don't know instead of a planned surgery with a doctor you picked.
Ditto on this... I nursed one for years (sounds like the same spot as yours) (Mine was a "inguinal hernia"--as in above the groin a few inches. I finally really did more damage to it in early Dec.

I got into Surgery quickly (but not emergency) on the 19th of Dec and left for Colorado on the 28th and was skiing New Years Day..I never took any pain meds folowing surgery and was walking around the afternoon following surgery. Tough to get up and sit down and of course not exactly moving at my normal speed. I was fully functional about 5-6 days after surgery, but lifted very little weight, though I felt like I could.

I took a rather impressive fall in Utah on the 10th of Jan without incident.

If you have the same thing as I did you can probably have the surgery before the trip if you can get in quicky...side note...I did tell the Doc that I had a trip skiing planned...when he asked what I skied like...I told him the truth..

His was response was slide more...leave the ground less..no bumps and I don't want to see you here again !

Best of luck with yours....
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Originally Posted by Uncle Louie
Ditto on this... I nursed one for years (sounds like the same spot as yours) (Mine was a "inguinal hernia"--as in above the groin a few inches. I finally really did more damage to it in early Dec.

I got into Surgery quickly (but not emergency) on the 19th of Dec and left for Colorado on the 28th and was skiing New Years Day..I never took any pain meds folowing surgery and was walking around the afternoon following surgery. Tough to get up and sit down and of course not exactly moving at my normal speed. I was fully functional about 5-6 days after surgery, but lifted very little weight, though I felt like I could.

I took a rather impressive fall in Utah on the 10th of Jan without incident.

If you have the same thing as I did you can probably have the surgery before the trip if you can get in quicky...side note...I did tell the Doc that I had a trip skiing planned...when he asked what I skied like...I told him the truth..

His was response was slide more...leave the ground less..no bumps and I don't want to see you here again !

Best of luck with yours....
Thanks for telling me about your experience. I thought about trying to have it done "quickly" to, but my timing probably isn't so good. It took me a couple weeks just to get in to see this doc, next Monday. That only leaves two weeks from then until vacation. So, unless by some miracle he can get me in early next week I won't be getting surgery before I go. I think my only hope is if he says go ski and we'll do it when I get back.

I guess the good news is that this type of surgery is pretty routine these days so it's not a big deal.

I have already accepted that there is a possibility of him saying stick to green runs only (surgery or not). If that is the case I'll ski with our 5 year old everyday and send my wife off to take lessons with some hot ski instructor. :
post #7 of 8
I am pretty sure I have an inguinal hernia and will get it looked at someday. Mine bothers me when sitting for long periods of time. When I am on my feet and/or active, no problems. I just skied 4 days straight and had nary a pain from that area the whole time. Sitting at home with my laptop now, it's giving me some discomfort (nothing major though). So in my case at least, I am not worried about skiing at all. If anything, it helps!
post #8 of 8
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skier219: That actually sounds like my situation, which is why I (and my general doc thought hernia).

Update: I got an Ultrasound and CT Scan, went to see the surgeon yesterday. He says it's not a hernia, but probably a tear/pull of the fascia that is causing swelling. He said it could take a long time to heal. Luckily he is an avid skier and his son is a racing coach, so he could relate with my situation (and sympathize about the ski trip concerns). I'm getting an MRI on Friday so he can see more detail.

The good news is he said to go about my normal activity and I shouldn't have any problems skiing on my trip. Woohoo!
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