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    Hi there! Sorry about your predicament. I'm no pro, but I personally think the best thing to do is do what your doctor said: lift for a day but breathe properly and see what happens. If you need the surgery, do it. When does your academy begin? If it's supposed to start only a week after the surgery, I think it would be best to let the dept. know, just in case. But if it's a month or so later and everything's all healed (and it was just a tiny thing to begin with), I don't see why they wouldn't want you. You're the best one for the job and they chose you over someone else! I can see you're taking good care of it by consulting three different specialists, but I just want to say that I think the worst you could do is ignore it. What if something serious happens that could have been prevented by getting the surgery? Best of luck, my friend, and I hope someone else stops by to give you more advice.

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    I have some sound advice. Relax. Your health should be your #1 priority. That being said, I would listen to the doc that said lift and see what happens. If the problem can be fixed in the matter of a week, and the academy is in a few weeks, no problem. If you know in your heart that you'll be able get the surgery (if need be), recover, complete the academy, and be a valuable asset to your department, just do it and don't make a big deal about it.

    You might not have another chance to get onto the department, but you also might not have another chance to get your health right.

    If the problem is serious, then let the department know, they have to know. If it's not serious, just handle it like a man, and be done with it. Hope this helps.

    And of course, congrats on being hired.
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    I'm assuming that the MD is concerned you have a small herniation developing in the lower abdominal wall. Certainly not "life-threatening, although if it becomes strangulated it can becomerather serious. The surgical repair is usually a "day surgery", with soreness for 7-10 days, followed by a gradual rehab. The mesh repair can last for the rest of your life, although another hernia is more likely.
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    If you are not going to take the advise of your doctor to heart... what were you paying him/her for? As stated above, I would do as my doctor told me. As for telling your employer, if you are capable of performing the tasks you are assigned, you are not being "sneaky" by not telling them about this. Sure, if they ask "Have you seen a doctor lately?" you don't want to lie. So if they ask, tell them exactly what you told us. But why would they ask unless you are showing signs of not being able to do the job? Furthermore, how would you feel if you went and told them what was going on and their solution is to delay your academy, only to find out that it was just a muscle strain?
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    Honesty is the best policy.... If they have any question they can contact the 3 Dr.'s you talked to. You dont want to get hurt and be out for good. Have they said anything about a tear? I have a friend that just had that and it sounds similar. Painfull and you can feel it. He was told that if he persisted that he could increase the tear and his intestin could push through. Probably not waht you wan to hear but I would think about this one. You dont want to hurt yourself. Its not worth it.
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    I guess the workout with the proper breathing corrected the problem?

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