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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

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

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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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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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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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 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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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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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


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