• Caroline

Third round of umbilical repair plus DR surgery

So here I go again - my third umbilical hernia repair surgery in nine months, with the addition of diastasis recti (DR) repair this time.

Ahead of my third op, my hernia was nearly twice the size compared to what it was at the start of the first round back in December last year. Which leads me to believe that surgery weakens the site of the incision to the point where a recurrence is potentially inevitable. I also had a slight DR and some studies show that hernias often recur in the presence of a diastasis.

I know that breathing and loading the core correctly play a big part in preventing this but mine still came back. There are a few reasons for this and I believe I was quite unlucky: I had mesh put in and subsequently removed as it got infected, as well as a continuous infection due to Covid-19 restrictions for 6 months.

Suffering setbacks is always painful at the time and this time is no different. But I’ve come out the other end before so I know that I’ll be able to do it again. There’s comfort in knowing that! As human beings, we are infinitely more resilient than we give ourselves credit for.

Also, in the greater scheme of things, I know that I'm lucky to be alive and well. And having to start my fitness journey from scratch - once again - reminds me of what my newly postnatal mums are going through. I know it can be time-consuming and frustrating, but the body has to be allowed time and space to heal. Remember the hare and tortoise? Slow and steady wins the race - if it even is a race.

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