I Got a Hernia (Inguinal Hernia)

I Got a Hernia (Inguinal Hernia)

I have an inguinal hernia and it sucks! I was an idiot and I continued to lift in order to meet my goals, but it has gotten progressively worse so now I have to stop lifting. I require surgery.

What is an inguinal hernia?



An inguinal hernia occurs when soft tissue — usually part of the membrane lining the abdominal cavity (omentum) or part of the intestine — protrudes through a weak point in the abdominal muscles. The resulting bulge can be painful, especially when you cough, bend over or lift a heavy object.

An inguinal hernia isn’t necessarily dangerous by itself. It doesn’t get better or go away on its own, however, and it can lead to life-threatening complications. For this reason, your doctor is likely to recommend surgery to fix an inguinal hernia that’s painful or becoming larger. Inguinal hernia repair is a common surgical procedure.

What are the causes?

Some inguinal hernias have no apparent cause. Others occur as a result of:

  • Increased pressure within the abdomen (core work)
  • A pre-existing weak spot in the abdominal wall
  • A combination of increased pressure within the abdomen and a pre-existing weak spot in the abdominal wall
  • Straining during bowel movements or urination
  • Heavy lifting
  • Fluid in the abdomen (ascites)
  • Pregnancy
  • Excess weight
  • Chronic coughing or sneezing

Are they common?

They are very common in males because males have a weakness along the inguinal canal when they develop before birth.

How do I know I have one?

You’ll find a bulge in your groin area (near the pelvic area) when you are standing for extended periods of time. You may also feel some groin pain or abdominal pain.

What should I do if I have one?

Hernias will only get worse, never better. You should consult your doctor. Most doctors will recommend surgery. There are various types of surgeries that are non-invasive. However, you should immediately stop lifting so you do not exacerbate your condition (like I did).

How do they repair it?

There are various ways (non-invasive and invasive) depending on how severe your hernia is, but the most common techniques involve placing kevlar mesh in your body so that it can help to grow stronger.


How will this affect my weight lifting?

This highly depends on if you have invasive surgery (where they cut your skin) OR laparoscopy (where they put three holes in your stomach). Laparoscopic surgery has extremely fast recovery time. You can work out within 2 months.

For invasive surgery:

After surgery, the first 3 days, you will find it incredibly difficult and potentially painful to move. When emptying bowels, do not strain or force. Prepare for a world of hurt, if you have to cough or sneeze.

After the first week, you will be able to walk. Do NOT try to exercise.

After the second week, try to do light walking and/or light jogging.

After your first month, you may be able to start some light lifting. Limit core work.

After two months, you may be able to increase your weight lifting slowly. As time progresses, you should feel more comfortable and confident to increase your lifts.

After four to six months, you should be able to do light core work. You may feel sore and/or tense.

After six to nine months, you should be able to do light squatting (start with body weight, then the bar) and deadlifting (start with the bar).

After nine to twelve months, you should be able to return to pre-surgery lifts (granted that you did not re-injure yourself).

Note that you should do your best to correct form as much as possible! If you have had one side repaired, there is a high probability to injure the other side!

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