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A 37-year-old male asked:

How soon can you start exercising after umbilical hernia repair?

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Dr. George T Tsai
General Surgery 27 years experience
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.
Dr. Wesley Marquart
General Surgery 18 years experience
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.
Dr. Ly Phan
Dr. Ly Phananswered
General Surgery 22 years experience
Mesh or not: Usually 4-6 weeks. And the key component is as toletated. Meaning dont overdo it when you first start to exercise.
Dr. David Henry
General Surgery 12 years experience
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.

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Can you tell me about an umbilical hernia repair?

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Dr. Gregg Nishi
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Umbilical hernia : If the hernia is 2cm or less, surgery is usually quick, 20-30 minutes and doesn't require mesh. If larger, it may require mesh placement. This can be done as an open or laparoscopic operation. I perform most of my hernia repairs laparoscopically but that's a matter of preference. Recovery is a few days. No strenuous activity for 6 weeks. Pretty simple procedure.
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How much is umbilical hernia repair?

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Insurance?: If you have insurance it will likely be covered. Otherwise you need to ask the doctor and perhaps do some shopping around for a good surgeon at a reasonable price.

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