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A 45-year-old male asked:

i have a recently diagnosed inguinal hernia, should i avoid tennis and elliptical machine exercise?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Best option: get it repaired ( surgery ) then do everything is a low risk out patient procedure
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
As tolerated : Your activity level with a hernia , and even after a hernia repair should be as tolerated by pain and discomfort. You may want to have a consultation with a general surgeon to find out more. You can find surgeons interested in hernia disease at the Americas Hernia Society website. Hope this helps!

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Should one with inguinal hernia do strenous exercise?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Ideally, no.: A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall that can cause problems if a loop of intestine gets stuck, leading to the need for emergency surgery. Not all hernias are alike, but all tend to enlarge in response to physical stress such as strenuous exercise. If large and/or causing symptoms, surgical repair is the best option. If this is not feasible, i recommend focusing more on aerobic exercise.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it ok to use the recumbent exercise bike with an inguinal hernia?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Probably OK: Aerobic exercise should not worsen an existing hernia or increase the probability of a complication. In contrast, weight lifting and aggressive core exercises may cause a hernia to enlarge. In general, if the activity causes groin pain, it is probably best to avoid that activity or get the hernia repaired.
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A 50-year-old male asked:

Any exercise on initial stage of inguinal hernia. Can it recover. ?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Recovery=Surgery: A hernia does not recover on its own. The only way to fix a hernia is with surgical repair. You may still exercise while you have a hernia, however any increase in strenuous activity will increase the likelihood of your hernia becoming stuck and necessitating a more urgent operation.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can i exercise with a unilaterl inguinal hernia?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Yes, but it might : Cause pain or lead to incarceration. Definitive solution is surgical repair, after which you can resume your exercise program. In the meantime, avoid any exercise that strains your abdominal muscles.

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