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  • Weight lifting after umbilical hernia repair

    Posted by jp84 on January 21, 2018 at 12:12 am

    Hey all

    I’ve recently had (5 weeks ago) an umbilical hernia repair – and I’d like to ask some questions regarding my previous activity (weight lifting)

    Most surgeons appear to view heavy lifting/activity as your every day lifting/activity. However, what if you were lifting very heavy weights prior to surgery? When is OK to start light again?

    Is 5 weeks too soon to re-introduce compound movements with an empty 20kg bar? (for example squatting/bench press etc) – and just go through the motions (perhaps adding 5-10kg more each week and progressing up? Or would 8 weeks+ be a minimum starting point?


    Jnomesh replied 6 years, 5 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Jnomesh

    January 21, 2018 at 1:31 am

    I’d air on side of caution and wait 3 months. You don’t want to mess the repair up. And then go light there and work your way up. I’d maybe think of a alternative to squats as they are wan of the few excecises that cause an increase in intra-abdominal pressure.
    im not a doctor just my opinion..
    there are studies out there that show that the area can take up to a year to be 100% healed.

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