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Can you workout with a hernia

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Dr. Ray Compton
General Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: Exercise is always good. You will notice the bulge may increase in size with straining. But, the bulge is not the hernia. The hernia is the hole that ... Read More
Dr. Randall Zuckerman
General Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: If the hernia does not hurt, work out according to your normal routine. If it begins to bother you, then i would see a surgeon to consider repair. You... Read More

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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Yes: May not want to do sit-ups or strain abdominal s. Many people have a small defect-umbilical for life with no symptoms or problems. If it gets bigger... Read More
Dr. J. Roth
Dr. J. Rothanswered
General Surgery 28 years experience
Hernia & exercise: Generally speaking, it is safe to exercise with a hernia. If it is painful during exertion, then it would be prudent to not perform those activities.... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. D J
Dr. D Janswered
General Surgery 38 years experience
It depends: If not repaired, you should only do exercises that don't cause bulging of the hernia. After surgery and adequate healing time, you may do whatever is... Read More
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
Limited by activity : Nase your activity level on how the hernia feels. If it hurts, back off.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Any activity: That increases abdominal pressure like crunches, sit ups, excessive coughing, straining to urinate or stool, or heavy lifting can aggravate a hernia. ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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OK: In most cases 12 weeks should be a sufficient amount of time to wait. If you had any difficulty with wound healing (like an infection), or if you tak... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
You should: Not do anything that causes discomfort or pain. If you have symptoms, you need to have surgical repair. Restricting your workout is only a temporary... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Cardio now: I would assume you can do some cardio now but should wait until at least 6 wks out before a real workout. It may be better to ask the surgeon for inpu... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Ask your Surgeon: Your surgeon knows the extent of the procedure as well as your overall health and post-op course We don't know all this. Call that doc's office and... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
General Surgery 43 years experience
Either or: it could be the start of a hernia or it could be a simple muscle bruised groin muscle if you do not see a bulge put your hand on the area that hurt a... Read More
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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 54 years experience
Abdominal hernia?: With either an umbilical hernia or diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles with resultant essential hernia) any form of workouts with the... Read More

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