Should an obese person with a recurrent inguinal hernia lose weight before having surgery?

Always helpful. Losing weight is helpful to make operations easier to do, hence presumably have better outcomes. You should consider a laparoscopic approach by an experienced laparoscopic hernia surgeon for a recurrence. This is better than an open approach in most cases of recurrence and obesity.
Yes , must . Lose weight before surgery , and not to gain weight again is the best way to prevent another recurrence , unfortunately surgeons rarely find such a complaint patient .

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Is it ok to start lifting weights 14 weeks after inguinal hernia surgery?

Check with surgeon. You need to check with your surgeon as the type and extent of the surgery will be known to him/her and the best advice given. Read more...

Can I start lifting weights again after doing a inguinal hernia surgery. The doc used a mesh implant. I was having pain for almost 3months. Now better?

Yes. First i would consult with your surgeon. He should have provided you with activity instructions during your follow up visits. Every surgeon has different recommendations depending upon experience and how the fixed the hernia. In general, i limit lifting for two weeks after surgery then ask the patients to ease back into their normal activities. Read more...
Yes. Rather than a specific time frame, i tell patients to return to normal activity as tolerated after inguinal hernia operations. You may have something more specific, so it is always a good idea to check with your surgeon. Read more...

28 m. Had two inguinal hernia surgeries, at last one had mesh installed ~6 yrs ago. How to lift weights safely? Is a lifting belt a good or bad idea?

Hernia. Ask a surgeon, but i think a lifting belt is a bad idea. It will redirect and concentrate force on the areas not covered thereby putting more pressure on the surgically repaired area not covered by the belt). Read more...
As tolerated . You should perform all activities as tolerated by pain and discomfort in the area if the hernia repair. If this lots your activities, you should see your surgeon for an exam to make sure nothing is wrong. Some patients unfortunately will have some limitations even if everything was done perfectly, but it should get checked out at least if you are having problems. Read more...