Post Hernia surgery excercise concerns


Q: I had an abdominal hernia about 10 yrs ago and had surgery to repair. There were no complications. I have been working out doing cardio and weight training for the past 6 months. I sometimes feel a slight pulling sensation in the area that was surgically repaired. I am wondering if it is still ok to training or if I am at risk of having another Hernia. Can you give me some advice?


A:   Abdominal hernias develop because of a weakness in a layer of the abdominal wall. This weakness allows the intra-abdominal contents to form the lump usually experienced with a hernia. Though you have a surgical repair, any activity which increases the intra-abdominal pressure could result in developing another hernia at a different location. This includes weight training. You should do these exercises in moderation to reduce this risk.

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