Category Archives: Author’s Back Injury

Open Inguinal Hernia Surgery

Well, it’s been nearly 10 years since I had diagnosed myself with a hernia. Back in 2007, I had went to my PCP, Urologist, and a General Surgeon. Nobody was able to diagnose the hernia. I eventually gave up and was learning to live with it. Over these 10 years, I have developed multiple levels of disc herniation in my lumbar and thoracic spine. I honestly blame the hernia for my back problems though I cannot prove it. I feel like had compensated my body in a way that messed up my back.

Anyway, I decided to follow-up on my hernia situation as it seem to have gotten slightly worse. In December 2016, I was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia (sports hernia). I had the hernia surgery on January 06, 2017. The surgery was not done laparoscopically. I had open hernia surgery with a mesh implant to support the area. I am now post-op 3 weeks to date. My doctor, Dr. Sanjeev Rajpal, is a reputable general surgeon in Brooklyn, NY. I had my open inguinal hernia surgery done at Beth Israel Mount Sinai Hospital off Kings Highway in Brooklyn, NY. So far everything seems to be healing up nicely. He says I should be ready to go back my normal life style within 6 weeks of the surgery, no restrictions.

This was my first surgery. The first 10 days of recovery are a nightmare. My genitals were black and blue and swollen like a grapefruit. Very scary stuff. Your abdomen is so weak that you cannot really support your testicles 100%. I wound up purchasing a scrotal support. I’ll followup as I continue to heal. Please feel free to ask questions.

Back Injury Disability Followup

It’s been about 2.5 weeks since I had last posted. I have been going to physical therapy 3 times per week and had received an epidural injection in the L5 S1. The pain in my left leg and foot is about 60% better, but I still have chronic pain in my lower back. My thoracic back still gets tight and fatigued if I stand up for too long.

I have been doing a lot of resting and light walks around my neighborhood with my wife and daughter. I’m sort of using the stroller as a hidden walker to support my thoracic and lumbar. It’s almost embarassing that I need to take periods of sitting down or I will start getting more pain, muscle tightness, and fatigue. At physical therapy I’m using their equipment to try and strengthen my core muscles so I can support myself better when walking around.

I also bought a massage chair at PC Richards for $800.00. It definitley was worth the buy and helps a lot. I’m trying to stay positive and use any tool that I can to help my situation.