Aa
A
A
A
Close
Exercise & Fitness Community
5.93k Members
Avatar universal

Yoga after Incisional Hernia Repair

Dr. Vinod - I had a repair of 3 hernia up and to the right of my belly button. Two are incisional hernias (I had an open surgery last year to remove about a foot of necrotic colon), one is apparently a spot where muscle never properly closed up. I have two meshes - one over the open muscle area and a larger mesh basically across my whole abdomen. I have been advised of no exercise at all for 3 months. I would like to get back to doing yoga eventually. From what I've read, I can do that if I'm careful on which asanas I do. What is your advice - from both a short term and a long term perspective?
3 Responses
Avatar universal
I addressed this to Dr Vinod because I saw his post first - but would appreciate any and all responses! Sorry - I'm new to this forum...  :-)
Avatar universal
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Hello!

Three surgeries have put a lot of pressure on your abdomen. You should not attempt any form of exercise, any form of increase in pressure in your abdomen for 3 months should be avoided. You should also be careful not to cough hard and take precautions from getting any infections.

After that you can start doing activities without any pressure on your abdomen, do not lift weights, do not go on ladders etc.

You can start with walking and yoga at home after 3 months. Yoga asana which relaxes your abdomen should be attempted and after an year and after a final go from your surgeon you can attempt to jog, run and lifting of light weights and some more  yoga postures, light aerobics, etc.

Lifting of heavy weights and heavy workouts are a strict no for you even for long term.

Take care!
Avatar universal
Thank you. This helps alot. Will be hard for me since I've always been very active (tennis, yoga, weights, etc.), but since I fear my hernias may have been caused by going back to intense exercise too quickly after the colon removal surgery (I waited about 5-6 months, but that may not have been long enough) I will do it! Thanks again for your detailed response.
Have an Answer?
Top Healthy Living Answerers
Avatar universal
Arlington, VA
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
14 super-healthy foods that are worth the hype
Small changes make a big impact with these easy ways to cut hundreds of calories a day.
Forget the fountain of youth – try flossing instead! Here are 11 surprising ways to live longer.
From STD tests to mammograms, find out which screening tests you need - and when to get them.
Tips and moves to ease backaches
Here are 12 simple – and fun! – ways to boost your brainpower.