Activity restrictions before hernia surgery

A very common misconception that we hear from patients is that exercise can strengthen and improve a hernia. This is wrong. Exercise will only make a hernia worse.

The worst exercises are those that target the abdominal muscles. These exercises strain a hernia and cause it to grow faster. They can also can trigger a bowel strangulation and send a patient to the ER for emergency surgery.

So what exercises are safe? Strictly speaking, no exercise is safe until you get your hernia fixed. But some exercises are less dangerous than others. Avoid any activity that causes your hernia to hurt or bulge.

Swimming and walking are two forms of exercise that seem to trigger less problems. Sex is allowable if it does not aggravate the hernia. Sitting or standing for long periods of time may be tolerated.

In summary we advise you to conduct your normal daily activities as you need to take care of your self and your family. Avoid strenuous activities. And get your hernia fixed as soon as is practical for you.

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