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oldscooliron
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Lasted year I suffered an SBO. I was never operated on Had upper GI small bowel follow through, CT scan, MRI, & an endo, hida scan one bad one good. The SBO was never talked about again & was told I may never know what caused it. For most of 2012 I was ok but suffered bloated pains all over my abdominal area & in my back in middle right side. If I didn't eat several small meals a day I lose weight. My hair, eyebrows, eye lashes are falling out. And some meds I'm taking aren't showing up in my urine tests.

I found a surgeon who agreed to take my gall out & do my umbilical hernia repair but he said he wouldn't use mesh due to infection with the removal of my gall. He also stated he didn't think he could get the mesh in there because it was so small. So I'm worried that the repair will fail.

During surgery he said he wanted to check out why I would have had an SBO. He said he never seen this in all his life as a surgeon but I was born with a bowel that split into a Y & the one piece had no purpose but would twist every now & then & cause me pain & problems. He asked my family what they wanted him do & he seemed very concerned. They asked what would happen if he left it alone because I had it for 43 years? He said I could be rushed for emergency surgery or die. So they told him to cut it off. After he was done my family said the surgeon looked very pleased.

So now here I am a person who loves to lift but does not know if I'll be able to ever again?

Petrichor posted some knowledge & I thank you for that! ;)

Can I get any more insight?

Has anyone here had bowel surgery?

Will the bowel be strong enough?

Will my umbilical hernia repair hold without mesh? I don't do deadlifts or squats do to back problems but picking heavy weight up off the ground worries me.

Doctors don't seem to concerned if you can lift weights to get big! But this was & is something I LOVE to do since I was 13!

Will I ever be able to enjoy lifting again? Or are those days over for me? Thanks!

I will follow my surgeons advise & get the time needed to heal because I don't want to go through it again but I do get impatient especially when I see I'm losing size that I worked so long & hard for. Any help or thoughts would be helpful! Thanks!

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John Meadows
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Man I feel for you.

Just some tidbits on my experience.

1) I do not have a colon. my entire large intestine is removed (was in 2005)

2) If you had repeat surgeries in the same place (incisions), you may be susceptible to incisional hernias. I had several of them. They almost all occured with me doing back rows.

3) I had a HUGE mesh put in, and my abs were even sewn together..as they lost function from being cut down the middle so much.

I am training as hard now as I ever have.

JM

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oldscooliron
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Oh my gosh John! That is terrible! But I'm glad to hear your able to do what you love! I pray I can do the same!

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