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Can strengthening your abs at the gym help you not get inguinal hernias?

Can strengthening your abs at the gym help you not get inguinal hernias?

No.: Inguinal hernias occur at natural weak points of the abdominal wall. We believe that chronic "wear-and-tear" can lead to a hole forming in the muscle in susceptible people, which manifests itself as a hernia. Therefore, what you think may be helping you can actually increase the risk of a hernia developing. In contrast, obesity is a risk factor, as well, so your best bet is aerobic exercise. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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Whenever I workout my abs directly, I get a very weird feeling on the right side of my groin. Is it a hernia or a un stretched muscle?

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 and cough if you felt air rushing through then it could be the start of a hernia either way start taking 600-800 mg of ibuprofen three times a day after or with meals for a week go easy on the exercise ,use heat pad on the groin see your doctor ...Read more

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Can working your abs help you not avoid inguinal hernias?

No: Inguinal hernias in general get bigger with time. This is because any abdominal pressure increases force that pushes it out and there is no counteracting force to push it back in. Strong abs do not cause inguinal hernias to go back in. ...Read more

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I have a lump after groin hernia repair years ago is this ok?Also what abs exercise are safe so i don't stress the repair?

I have a lump after groin hernia repair years ago is this ok?Also what abs exercise are safe so i don't stress the repair?

Maybe recurrence: Sounds like you could have a recurrence of the hernia. If so, base you activity on pain and discomfort, and see your surgeon, or another general surgeon for an exam to be sure. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had an inguinal hernia repair surgery last year, what exercises can I do to tone my obliques and abs?

I had an inguinal hernia repair surgery last year, what exercises can I do to tone my obliques and abs?

1SizeDOESNOT Fit All: The goal of any operation is to get people back to their baseline activity (and most people can!).However, activity restrictions may vary quite a bit from patient-to-patient, depending on the size and type of hernia, the nature of the repair, and the patient's health. Abdominal exercises will stress the repair, but the ability of your body to tolerate this stress is best answered by your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can working your abs cause you to get hernias?

Can working your abs cause you to get hernias?

Not cause: Physical activity does not cause hernia, but it can make them larger and appear. Usually hernias are due to a congenital weakness or after surgery. ...Read more

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I did hernia sugary in my stomach (lower abs) 2 weeks ago.... when can i go back to gym ?? and what exercises i should avoid ?

I did hernia sugary in my stomach (lower abs)  2 weeks ago.... when can i go back to gym ?? and what exercises i should avoid ?

Depends: It depends on what type of surgery. Was it open or laparoscopic? Any complications? Any pain now. Usually doctors advise no strenuous activity for about 6 weeks after surgery. If any doubt, talk with the doctor who did your surgery. Good luck! ...Read more

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I went to gym and it still hurts when I squeeze my abs together, do I have a hernia?

Look for a bulge: Most likely your muscles are sore due to exercise. Hernias are holes in the abdominal wall associated with a lump under the skin, and/or localized pain. If its bad enough, or you think you have a hernia, see your primary care provider for an exam to find out more. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Groin (Definition)

The region or crease between ...Read more