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Hiatus Hernia- Post Surgery Weight lifting

Hi,

I am 34 years old and had Hiatus Hernia corrective surgery 6 weeks ago. I want to know when it is ok to start lifting weights in the gym and what exercises I can and can't do. Will I be able to slowley build up to a full workout regieme that includes torso related excercises- ie. Bench Press, Lat pull downs, Tricep dips, Rowing Machine, Sit ups etc?? I have been told by doctors that non torso weights (arms, legs) should be ok to gradually begin but he didnt seem to sure about other specific torso exercises that I have mentioned above. And to what level will I be able to eventually lift weights?? I am just a recreational weight lifter who likes to visit the gym 3 times a week for an all round body workout and I am hoping that I can continue this without issues. Your advise if much appreciated as cant find anything that specifically addresses my questions on the net!!!
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You should avoid the abdominal exercises for at least 3 months. Limb exercises are okay. Any exercise like rowing or situps will increase intra abdominal pressure. When you want to start these exercises, you should take a word of advice from your surgeon.
I believe you will be able to reach your previous level slowly and steadily over few months.
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Thanks very mcuh for the comments, will heed your advice and just relived to know that I should be able to get back to full strength eventually!!!
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