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I have a small groin hernia...

I have a small groin hernia, I have also had 8 abdominal surgeries (ranging from gall bladder remove to full hysterectomy). Can I continue with following exercises? Running, combat, press ups, planks, weights including shoulders, back biceps and triceps?

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Inguinal hernias occur when fatty tissue or a part of your bowel pokes through into your groin. This is the most common type of hernia and it’s often associated with aging and repeated strain on the abdomen.

Your GP will usually be able to identify a hernia by examining the affected area. If a diagnosis has already been confirmed, your GP may have already discussed with you whether surgery to repair the hernia is necessary. Although most hernias won’t get better without surgery, they won’t necessarily get worse. In some cases, the risks of surgery outweigh the potential benefits.

We would suggest consulting with your doctor prior to exercising with a hernia. Depending on the type, size and location of the hernia, restrictions can vary.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses