Hawthorn legend Robert “Dipper” DiPierdomenico has opened up on his urinary retention difficulty which he says was “worse than any footy harm”.
It’s an enormous declare from the five-time premiership winner and 1986 Brownlow Medalist, notably when he famously performed the 1989 VFL Grand Last with damaged ribs and a punctured lung.
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The urinary retention difficulty is a situation the place the bladder fails to empty utterly and left DiPierdomenico urinating 30 to 40 occasions a day and requiring surgical procedure for the painful situation.
He additionally revealed he was compelled to put on a nappy for the well being difficulty.
DiPierdomenico has urged males to go and get themselves checked out and never simply endure in silence.
“Thankfully it wasn’t most cancers or my precise prostate, however numerous my mates have been apprehensive about me due to my so-called leakage,’’ DiPierdomenico stated.
“I assumed foolish males like me simply put up with the ache, all of us suppose we’re invincible. A punctured lung might have been my final recreation, however this was worse than any footy harm.
“The worst is once you’re strolling across the chemist searching for nappies and attempting to cover it.
“We speak about males’s well being on a regular basis. The ache bought so unhealthy I went to emergency, and the persistence of the docs fastened me up fast.
“I had an operation in April and every so often I face a problem, however I’m OK. I simply want I’d bought it checked out earlier.”
The 64-year-old footy nice is a daily on sportsmen’s nights and used the occasions to advertise males caring for their well being.
“We’ve misplaced EJ Whitten and lots of others so it’s simply essential to get the prostate and all areas checked,’’ DiPierdomenico stated.
“Discuss it to your wives and girlfriends and companions. I really feel nice, and contact wooden the whole lot goes properly.
“If I might open myself up and provides myself a physique clean-up I’d have favored to return to age 38-40.”
DiPierdomenico stated he’d “by no means been extra busy of widespread in my life” and is at present filming three exhibits — Dipper’s Yard BBQs, Dipper’s Locations, and Dipper’s Huge Rigs.
He was additionally on I’m a Superstar Get Me Out of Right here in 2021, sharing a clumsy second with actuality star Abbie Chatfield over a skimpy bikini.
DiPierdomenico additionally reportedly separated from his spouse of 41 years final yr.