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As much as I love my kids, any more of them would put me in an early grave. So yesterday I had the op.

As I sit here downing paracetamol and brufen, pondering over when the frozen peas will be most effective, I am wondering when I'm gonna be able to get back on the bike. The consultant who I met to discuss the op said that he was a cyclist too and said I would be back on the bike after a few days. Yesterday the surgeon said not to even attempt it until two weeks were up as the wound had to heal internally.

So, two medical professionals, two different opinions, who should I trust?

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jedrek [4 posts] 2 years ago
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Is an extra week of cycling worth the risk?

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Gman59c [58 posts] 2 years ago
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Probably not I guess, bored already though!! Had managed to get to a decent level of fitness and then got hit with a real bad cold, now this, just frustrated I suppose.

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step-hent [718 posts] 2 years ago
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Take the time and let it heal properly. If you cause damage by getting back on before it's healed, it will just be longer before you can get going properly. It's feeling pretty wintery now anyway, so plenty of time to get in the miles over the winter and build back up for when the weather improves next year - no need to rush it!

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richdirector [64 posts] 2 years ago
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your balls your choice - i went on the turbo after 3 days and when that seemed fine went out on the road bike after a week. Didn't MTB for 2 weeks though .....

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fukawitribe [1430 posts] 2 years ago
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Had mine 2 weeks ago tomorrow, tried to get on with doing things after a couple of days or so but it just ended up causing more pain and discomfort after a week - feet up for an extra day sorted that. For me, lesson learned and i'm getting back on the bike only now - I feel it's just not worth the risk of screwing things up again for the sake of a few days. Part of this, i'm sure, is because i'm not exactly in the first flush of youth (I guess few will be for this op) so stuff doesn't heal as fast as it used... hugely bored too, but it's not too long to wait.

YMMV

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William Black [193 posts] 2 years ago
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I remember my dad was moving our piano around the day after his.

We've decided that we are going to stick with just the one, I don't see the point in beating about the bush and am contemplating having it done, though at 36 most people i've spoken to reckon this is a bit early.

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keef66 [55 posts] 2 years ago
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I remember getting impatient with mine and taking the stitches out myself. Think I was back on the bike after a week or so.

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Gizmo_ [1333 posts] 2 years ago
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Spend a few days looking at recumbents.  3

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OldRidgeback [2554 posts] 2 years ago
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Gizmo_ wrote:

Spend a few days looking at recumbents.  3

Or switch to a BMX or a trials bike for a while.
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lazyslug [7 posts] 2 years ago
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I had the snip years ago, got on the bike too soon and ended up with a pair of coconuts. You have been warned!

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Sadly Biggins [269 posts] 2 years ago
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William Black wrote:

I remember my dad was moving our piano around the day after his.

but presumably he left the organ alone for a bit longer than that?  3

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philbo [20 posts] 2 years ago
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I had the snip booked last year, 2 weeks before I was due to do the Coast to Coast. Everyone I spoke to who had the op suggested even two weeks was too soon to get back on the bike.
The Mrs said 'you will just have to cancel then won't you!!!!'
So I rang the doctor and went off cycling with my mates for the weekend instead.
She still hasn't forgiven me.

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William Black [193 posts] 2 years ago
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Sadly Biggins wrote:
William Black wrote:

I remember my dad was moving our piano around the day after his.

but presumably he left the organ alone for a bit longer than that?  3

Guffaw!

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lakeland bimbler [17 posts] 2 years ago
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It seems to affect everyone differently - I was absolutely floored for about 7-8 days and about a month before I was "right"....but on the other hand I know people who have been back to work in active jobs the next day.

My advice would be to do as much or as little as you feel up to but don't try to be heroic with any discomfort...if it hurts stop!

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allez neg [497 posts] 2 years ago
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I had a week off work after mine (hey, if you can't justify a bit of time off after someone has applied a scalpel to your pods, when can you?)

I don't recall how long I was off the bike for, but if worst case scenario is another week off, then its no great hardship, especially in november.

On the plus side, you'll have permission from a doctor to frequently knock one out, so that should pass the time!  3

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Cooks [490 posts] 2 years ago
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I'd ride home.

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richdirector [64 posts] 2 years ago
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lazyslug wrote:

I had the snip years ago, got on the bike too soon and ended up with a pair of coconuts. You have been warned!

that sounds like a bonus to me …. shaved and massive  21

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jason.timothy.jones [293 posts] 2 years ago
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I would wait until the bruising/swelling and pain has gone away for a few days before you ride, a little pot hole or stone could become very painful.

The problem with the big V is some people come out pretty much unscathed, others don't fair to well.

My advice is to let you 'back wheels' dictate when your ready

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joemmo [1146 posts] 2 years ago
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considering this at the moment, sounds like a winter operation when it's less tempting outside.

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Gman59c [58 posts] 2 years ago
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To update.... no way I could have got back in the saddle after a week. Starting to feel normal now but I'm gonna give it the full two weeks, don't want to risk any more unnecessary pain.

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harragan [147 posts] 2 years ago
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Like @richdirector said, it depends on what it's like for you. Some people here were up and back in the saddle after a few days while others took their time. For me, it was a good couple of weeks before I could even think about getting on a bike. Walking up and down stairs was a challenge!

Don't rush it. Listen to your body, there is no prize for wrecking you spuds in pursuit of cycling fitness. Give them plenty of gentle support - don't wear boxers - but I wouldn't recommend squishing them in cycling tights.

Finally, I'm not a doctor but I don't think any one would recommend taking your own stitches out. Madness!

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gmrza [15 posts] 1 year ago
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I had mine done on Friday. The urologist I used prefers to do it under general anaesthetic, because it is best for the anxiety. I had no arguments with that.

The biggest issue to date was the anxiety before the procedure. I started feeling a bit of an aching feeling about half an hour after I came round and the nurse suggested I take some paracetamol, which I did. In all, I've taken 4 paracetamol tablets so far. I'm still applying the ice, but feel quite comfortable.

Right now, the worst thing is the cabin fever, as I have spent the entire weekend since Friday afternoon on the couch.

I've been wearing bib knicks under my clothes since leaving the hospital to provide extra support. So far, very limited swelling, almost no pain. As I am going it is going to take a supreme act of willpower to stay off the bike until Thursday, which is what I had planned before the procedure as the earliest time for getting back on the bike. - I planned the procedure for the 2nd last day of Autumn, so that I could enjoy all the warm weather on the bike. At this stage, I need a rest anyhow!

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keirik [35 posts] 1 year ago
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Id say its less about if you can cause a problem by cycling, and more a question of how much more might it hurt and how much extra damage might there be if you crash.

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GREGJONES [259 posts] 1 year ago
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I got mine done at thirty!

I was warning not to cycle for a month but was fine within three days. However a colleagueof mine aaggravated his and now has persistent pain. Perhaps It's wise to take up swimming for a short while, better safe than sorry

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 1 year ago
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Well it took IVF treatment just to have kids, surely there's got to be a silver lining in not needing to bother with the snip?!