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Athletes who've had hernia repairs

Old 10-23-2013, 09:20 AM
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Athletes who've had hernia repairs

Any heavy lifters out there who've bounced back (or not) from a hernia repair ?? I'm getting an umbilical hernia repaired in a week and would love some advice, words of wisdom, and to hear what some of you have experienced when returning to the gym (not just cardio)...Hoping I won't lose too much muscle during my down time but I'm realistic. I know it'll be a while before I'm squatting heavy/using my core again
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:37 AM
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Right here! <raising hand>

I had a MAJOR hernia repair (mine was umbilical as well) last year in June. I was supposed to get it fixed in January and cancelled cuz I didnt want to "take time off the gym". STUPID!!!!! So I got to sit on my ass for TWO MONTHS during bikini season.

Its not that bad pain wise. Your abs will be sore for a while but I snapped right back. No weights for TWO MONTHS. And no squats or deadlifts for at least another month or two after that.

You wont lose much muscle. You will be surprised how fast you will bounce back. Muscle memory is a great thing. Your strength will come back quickly. Promise. Its very important to recover and not lift too soon because of the risk of tearing that sucker open again. Then its a 12 week recovery.

Best of luck... its not fun. Been there, done that.
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Any heavy lifters out there who've bounced back (or not) from a hernia repair ?? I'm getting an umbilical hernia repaired in a week and would love some advice, words of wisdom, and to hear what some of you have experienced when returning to the gym (not just cardio)...Hoping I won't lose too much muscle during my down time but I'm realistic. I know it'll be a while before I'm squatting heavy/using my core again
I had a femoral hernia repair in January at the same time I had my first BA. I am a heavy lifter and was able to resume some lifting after about 4 weeks. I started back to light cardio after 2 weeks. My PS is pretty lenient when it comes to resuming exercise. Some PS will tell you 6 - 8 weeks or more. I was pretty much back to my pre-surgery max by 8 weeks. Trust me, you won't lose too much. I had to have a revision in September and bounced right back. I have had 4 abdominal surgeries and honestly the hernia repair was the easiest so far. Of course, umbilical repair may be different. Good luck to you!
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I had a hiatal hernia repair right after high school. It turned out to be a more major surgery then I expected. I put it off for a while, and because of some of the problems it caused I was run down, tired, and underweight before my surgery. My hernia was a diaphragm and stomach issue, so I was down and not working out for several months. Nothing that could increase pressure on my diaphragm or increase my respiration. I turned into a teenage slacker and waited a year to start any kind of lifting. Go with your surgeon's directions and your body's voice. You'll know what you can and can't do. If you question doing it, don't.
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