Exercises to Avoid After Hernia Surgery

Exercises to avoid after hernia surgery

Exercises to Avoid After Hernia Surgery

Hernia can be defined as the defect in the abdomen’s musculature, it is an actual opening or weakness, which will lead to the protrusion of the abdominal wall. As far as severe cases are concerned, it can be felt and seen on the lower abdomen. If the cases are severe they require an immediate attention and need to be treated sooner than later, because they case the disruption of the blood flow, which can lead to the death of tissue around the affected area.

Hernia’s can cause pain where they are located when the muscle group is activated. When you are lifting or bending if you have hernia then it will cause pain in the hernia, even coughing can cause pain.

It is a common fact that people do get hernia if they are working out excessively, or they are more into sports. If you are a player or a hard core workout lover then you may get hernia, which is not a big issue, but you want to get rid of them as soon as possible. You will have to get them operated so that you can get back to working out or normal routine. You can improve blood flow and prevent your muscles from atrophy when you will follow the things to do mentioned below.

But, you should not be doing all the exercises and workouts right after the surgery as you were doing before. You will have to take care of your surgery site so that you can get back to normal routine as soon as possible. Moreover, you should consult to the doctor, when you can start the hard core exercises, and what will be the modifications in your exercise routine.

You will have to get rid of them as soon as possible, and you will have to take care of yourself after the operation. You need to limit your activities after the operation, let us have a look what activities you will have to limit or not to limit. Here you go:


Your doctor will not ask you to avoid walking, rather he will suggest you to walk. You will only have to spend a couple of hours resting after the surgery. As soon as you are conscious, you will be discharged from the hospital and you will be able to walk without any difficulty. Most of the people prefer to do rest, the very first day after operation. You should start walking the next day as it is important for you, but keep one thing in mind that you should not walk upstairs or the hills for almost a week after the operation. Even if you are experiencing discomfort or pain, you should get your muscles moving so that you can recover as soon as possible.

You can start walking the next day, it will not be quite comfortable but you should walk for around 10 minutes each days.


You ought to avoid running for a week after the surgery. Afterwards you can start a little jogging so that you can get your body on track. But, even after you start jogging you should avoid up down jumping as it will require great muscle involvement which is not good for you.

Taking shower

You should keep the suture area dry and clean, but it should not be undressed at least for two days. You should avoid taking a shower as doing this will get the wound wet, which is not good for it. You can remove the dressing after two days, but even after then you should avoid rubbing the site with anything. You should not take a tub bathe, rather you can take a bathe with stall shower so that the effort is minimum during that.


You should avoid the exercises that require pulls or stretches of the abdominal muscles, and the duration for avoiding these exercises must be two weeks. After that you can start light exercises and take a break for at least a month in order to start hard core exercises. You should avoid heavy weight lifting for at least a month after the surgery. Even you will have to avoid doing sex for at least a month so that you will not have to face any kind of difficulty. You can continue all these activities after a month of your surgery.


You will have to avoid taking part in any kind of sports, such as, basketball, tennis, baseball, cricket, and you will be able to resume playing all these sports after one and a half month of your surgery. You should take advice from the doctor when you are considering to take part in any kind of sports. Moreover, other sports like hockey, football needs to be avoided for almost two months because of the nature of the sport.

By the week two after your surgery, you can start swimming or water related exercises without weakening or harming your abdominal muscles.

By the fourth week you can start playing golf or badminton and the other light games. By the end of this week you should see your doctor so that he can confirm that all is well with you and you can return to the exercises you were doing prior. You can start lifting weights by the fifth month after your surgery and you can also start jumping rope. You should avoid snatches, jerks, cleans and squats so that you will not reinjure the surgery site.

After two months of your surgery you are now at full recovery, and you can return to heavy weight lifting and whatever you were doing prior. You can sense the feelings of the surgery site and can tell whether it is completely healed or not.

End note

Now that you know how you can take care of yourself after your hernia surgery so you should follow all these suggestions mentioned above so that you will not have to face any difficulty or discomfort. All you have to do is to avoid hard core exercises so that you will not hurt yourself or your surgery site.

Post Author: Tony BB

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