A 37-year-old male asked:
how soon can you start exercising after umbilical hernia repair?
4 doctor answers
Dr. George T Tsai answered
26 years experience General Surgery
Depends: Was it done open? Lap? With mesh? What was the size of hernia? What is your bmi?Medical condition? The type of exercise you have in mind? Your surgeon is the person best suitable for answering this question.
Answered on Jun 2, 2016
Dr. Wesley Marquart answered
17 years experience General Surgery
Depends: It really depends on the size, use of mesh, surgical technique, surgeon preference and patient factors (diabetes, smoking, obesity, steroids, etc). Most people heal completely in 6 weeks. Some surgeons give no restrictions, others recommend waiting 2-3 weeks, and other surgeons want 6-8 weeks. The best thing to do is follow what your surgeon recommended.
Answered on May 20, 2018
Dr. Ly Phan answered
21 years experience General Surgery
Mesh or not: Usually 4-6 weeks. And the key component is as toletated. Meaning dont overdo it when you first start to exercise.
Answered on Apr 22, 2018
Dr. David Henry answered
11 years experience General Surgery
About 4 weeks: Exercising too soon can cause the hernia to recur. The surgeon will recommend that you avoid exercise for longer if the hernia is large and if the surgery is done open (with a single larger incision). The surgeon will probably say that you can climb stairs right away, lift 15 lbs at ~2 weeks, light exercise at ~3 weeks, and strenuous exercise at 4-6 weeks.
Answered on Jul 5, 2015
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