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Generally, how long should I wait after my hernia surgery before exercising?

Generally, how long should I wait after my hernia surgery before exercising?

Days to weeks: The recovery time varies with the size and location of the hernia and the method of repair. The most common hernia operation I perform is via the laparoscopic approach. I encourage my patients to return to their baseline aerobic activities as soon as possible, typically within 7-10 days. In general, I advise against heavy lifting for 3 weeks. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Hernia Surgery (Definition)

There are a variety or several types of hernias, and many are repaired differently. A hernia is a weakness in the abdominal wall (such as inguinal, umbilical, incisional) or diaphragm (hiatal hernia). Surgery to repair the hernia can involve use of sutures, and possible use of mesh. Open or laparoscopic surgery can be a means to repair hernias, with laparoscopic ...Read more


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I am 57 yo had umbilical hernia, surgery want to start working out to lose weight how long should I wait have not workout in over 20 yrs?

I am 57 yo had umbilical hernia, surgery want to start working out to lose weight how long should I wait have not workout in over 20 yrs?

6 weeks: The surgeon that performed the hernia repair should provide individual recommendations for returning to activity after surgery. In our practice, we recommend 6 weeks of 10 lb weight lifting limitations with a gradual return to increased activity afterward. Especially after 20 years, you need to use caution when restarting an exercise program and would benefit from working with a licensed trainer. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait before I start to work my abs again after getting hernia surgery?

How long do I have to wait before I start to work my abs again after getting hernia surgery?

4-8 weeks: Most surgeons would like you to wait at least 4 weeks before starting abdominal wall stressing excersizes. Discuss this with you surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long to wait for sexual intercourse after inguinal hernia surgery?

Few days: Wait until you feel comfortable, do not excessively strain in the first week. Ask your surgeon their preference. ...Read more

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How long should I wait after hernia surgery to get pregnant? Thank you.

Hernia surgery: Depends on what type of hernia, but in general you can go back to unrestricted activity after 6 weeks. Since it takes a few months of being pregnant to actually notice changes in your belly size, you probably don't really have to wait to get pregnant. If you want to be on the safe side, wait a month. ...Read more

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After my hernia surgery, how long should I stay out of work?

Returning to work: After hernia surgery, it is normally safe to return to work after just a week or so. This assumes that your job does not involve any heavy lifting and that there is a "light duty" position available. If no such position is available, then being out of work for 5-6 weeks is advised. ...Read more

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I do strength training exercise five days a week and yoga and Pilates the other two days, can I return 6 weeks after my hernia surgery?

I do strength training exercise five days a week and yoga and Pilates the other two days, can I return 6 weeks after my hernia surgery?

Exercise: You may be able to return but it depends on the extent and location of hernia. Also expect to return in a progressive fashion. Should definitely coordinate this with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long does hernia surgery usually last?

How long does hernia surgery usually last?

Depends: It depends on the hernia and experience of the surgeon. Most hernias are repaired in 30 minutes or less. Most hernias mean uncomplicated and not recurrent or extremely large. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery for hernia surgery?

How long is the recovery for hernia surgery?

Depends: Not all hernias are the same. The most common hernia operation is an inguinal hernia repair which typically has a 1-3 week recovery period for a laparoscopic repair and a 2-4 week recovery for an open repair. ...Read more

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How long would I be off after hernia surgery?

How long would I be off after hernia surgery?

Hernia: That depends on what kind of hernia, how big it is, and what you do for work. If you have a desk job and had an uncomplicated hernia repair, you could be back to work in a week. In general, you shouldn't do anything strenuous (the gym, heavy lifting) for 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Baby how long to recover from hernia surgery?

Depends: Depends on what type of hernia and the age and medical condition of the baby. If it is a groin hernia, and the baby is healthy, recovery is typically a few days to a couple weeks. There are usually no restrictions of activity, and your surgeon will tell you about the wound care, which is also typically very simple. ...Read more

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Hernia surgery, how long will I be out of work?

Hernia surgery, how long will I be out of work?

Depends: If you do heavy lifting expect 4-6 weeks. If light work desk job you can go back as soon as you want. You should write down all your questions and ask the surgeon during your consultation. ...Read more

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How long are you off from work after hernia surgery?

Depends: On what your work requirements are & your surgeon's instructions. Usually, in general, people can return to light work in a week or less and full heavy work in 4-6 weeks. Ask your surgeon regarding your specific situation. ...Read more

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Can I start exercise after 5 month of hernia surgery?

Yes: Five months should be more than enough recovery time to resume exercise following repair of most hernias. Might not be a bad idea just to check with your surgeon before resuming vigorous exercise. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from hernia surgery?

Depends: Depends on the type of hernia and the extent of the surgery, but if you're talking about abdominal wall hernias, then most surgeons would recommend holding off on any heavy lifting for at least 6 to 8 weeks afterwards. This is about the time it takes for the abdominal wall to fully heal after hernia surgery and be at its strongest. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from a hernia surgery?

Depends...: ...On where your hernia was and why it had to be repaired. Did you cause the hernia to exist or did you just cause it to open? How did it happen? A hernia that your body already had that simply opened is a much faster fix than a hernia caused by trauma. ...Read more

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Fluid is coming after umbalical hernia surgery why? How long? Thanks

Seroma: The likely cause of fluid leak from a wound, particularly if you have a large amount of abdominal wall is a seroma. The fluid is the result of trauma to the fat and tissues of the abdominal wall and can drain for days. If mesh was used in the repair, the drainage can be more concerning or if there is redness around the wound, the drainage can represent infection. Not dangerous but notify surgeon. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about inscional hernia surgery? How long is recovery usually?

6 weeks: It varies somewhat based on the size and location of the hernia and the technique used to repair it, but in general there is an approximately 6 week recovery period before return to full activities following a hernia repair. I would discuss your specific case with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Laparoscopic hernia surgery how long off work?

Laparoscopic hernia surgery how long off work?

Depends: If you do heavy lifting expect 4-6 weeks. If light work desk job you can go back as soon as you want. You should write down all your questions and ask the surgeon during your consultation. ...Read more

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After hernia surgery, how long will my bowels not work?

After hernia surgery, how long will my bowels not work?

Post-op Constipation: It is very common for someone after hernia surgery to be rather constipated. This is usually due to post-operative incisional pain, relative early inactivity as well as the use of opioid pain medications. If possible, wean off the opioids, get up and walk, drink plenty of fluids, and take a mild laxative as needed. ...Read more

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Have an incisional hernia, surgery not for 2 months. Ok to exercise strenuously until then?

Have an incisional hernia, surgery not for 2 months. Ok to exercise strenuously until then?

Why not: Yes you can and there is no reason why you can not as long as it does not cause you any discomfort and/or pain. ...Read more

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What are the long-term effects of a hernia surgery?

What are the long-term effects of a hernia surgery?

Usually none: Once a hernia surgery site has fully healed, then there are usually no "long-term effects." usually one can return to a full and normally active lifestyle without any restrictions or problems. ...Read more

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How long after hernia surgery before fluid will drain?

Unclear: I'm not sure what you're referring to. In case you're referring to a fluid collection where the lump used to be, this is known as a seroma, and usually takes on the order of weeks to months for the body to absorb the fluid on its own. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How long does it take for a diabetic to recover from hernia surgery?

How long does it take for a diabetic to recover from hernia surgery?

Depends: There are many types of hernias, and each type is variable in terms of its severity. Some patients and some doctors group all hernias in to a category of a "simple" problem requiring "minor" surgery. Hernia repairs vary in complexity from 30 minute outpatient procedures to 8 hour complex abdominal wall reconstructions. Recovery therefore depends on what type and how severe. ...Read more

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For how long can one stay before taking alcohol after hernia surgery?

For how long can one stay before taking alcohol after hernia surgery?

Depends: It depends on what type of hernia and technique of repair and anesthesia. It also depends on whether or not you are taking narcotic pain medication. In general, wait until the anesthesia wears off, and you are no longer taking narcotic pain meds. Check with your surgeon to be sure. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How long will my husbands laparoscopic double hernia surgery take? Approx.

About an hour: On average a double hernia should take about an hour. However, many things could prolong that time and the person who will know best is your husband's surgeon. ...Read more

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How long do docs recommend I should I expect to stay out of work after hernia surgery?

1 to 4 weeks: Depending on type of hernia, type of repair and type of work you do it can be as short as 1 week if your work does not involve more then 10-15lbs lifting and up to 6 weeks if you do heavy work or have large abdominal/incisional hernia. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wear the support underwear after hernia surgery? And is it ok I take it off for a day?

Unique question: This is not a normal situation for those of us who work in american medicine. Most hernia surgeries are done laparoscopically and there is little to no post operative pain or problems. I would bet, however, that your surgeon gave you post op instructions that should answer your question. If they did not this is a question to direct to your surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia Repair (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which the lining of the abdominal cavity protrudes, creating a sac. Hernias are common in the groin, belly button, upper-midline, or associated w/scars. The exact method of repair varies w/the type & size of the hernia as well as patient-factors, however, the basic principle is the same: close the hole, often ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more