- Footy legend Robert ‘Dipper’ DiPierdomenico reveals recent health scare
- Dipper needed surgery for urinary retention which left him needing nappies
- He During the illness, he said he urinated anywhere from 30 to 40 times per day.
AFL legend Robert ‘Dipper’ DiPierdomenico has revealed how he had to trawl pharmacists for nappies after a bladder condition left him urinating 30 to 40 times a day.
The Hawthorn grand winner underwent surgery for urinary retention, which meant that he had to wear adult diapers.
The notorious hardman played with broken ribs and a punctured lung in his 1989 grand final success but said the pain from his bladder condition was worse than anything in his football career.
He admitted that the worst thing is when you walk around the chemist looking at nappies and trying not to be noticed.
After his health scare, the 64-year old urged men to get checked and not try to make it work like he did.
Robert DiPierdomenico (AFL legend) has spoken out about a medical condition that required him to wear a diaper because he urinated up to 40 times per day.
The 64-year old revealed that he had recently had surgery for urinary retention in April. This illness left him with the need to wear adult diapers.
What is URINARY RELEVANCE?
– Urinary retention refers to a condition in which an individual is unable or unwilling to empty their bladder of urine
DiPierdomenico stated that while it wasn’t cancer or my actual prostatic disease, a lot my friends were concerned about me because I had so-called leaked. Herald Sun.
‘I thought silly guys like me just had to bear the pain, we all think that we’re invincible. A punctured lung could have been my last game, but this was worse than any footy injury.’
The AFL icon claimed that he felt ashamed going to pharmacies looking for nappies. However, he continued to do nothing until April when the pain became unbearable and he had no choice but to go to hospital.
“We talk about men’s health all of the time. “The pain became so severe that I had to go to emergency. The persistence of the doctors saved me quickly,” DiPierdomenico stated.
The father of two said that he performed the operation in April, but that he wished he had addressed it sooner.
The hardman was once a notorious player who suffered from broken ribs, punctured lungs and other injuries during his 1989 grand final victory. However, he said that the pain was worse than any in his entire football career.
DiPierdomenico stated that he would share his story at upcoming events in order to remind men to get checked.
DiPierdomenico stated, “We’ve lost EJ Whiten and many other people so it’s important to get the prostate exam and all areas checked.”
Between 1975 and 1991 DiPierdomenico was a Hawthorn player who played 240 matches.
He Five premierships were won and the Brownlow Medal was received in 1986.
He Is also a member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
Between 1975 and 1991 DiPierdomenico was a Hawthorn player who played 240 matches. He Five premierships were won and the Brownlow Medal was received in 1986.