Can I do crunches, planks, squats and pushups 5 year after inguinal hernia surgery?
As long as you don't have inguinal pain anymore, you should be fine to do those things. Not every case is the same, but most surgeons only have you avoid strenuous activity for 4–6 weeks. My biggest piece of advice is to start slow! The first thing you want to do is strengthen the core before you go and do a crazy workout like you might have done in the past. Start with planks, unweighted squats, and push ups. If you haven't worked out in 5 years doing too much will leave you highly susceptible to injury. Your body isn't used to the added stress yet, so slowly build your way up. If you start to experience any pain, in your groin/inguinal region you should stop your workout and take a break for a couple days. Since you're not using much weight this is a great time to be mindful of your form! A lot of athletes that get hernias from lifting are using improper form or they do too much at once. It's going to be a couple months before you're able to be maxing out or anything again, but if you start slow you should be fine.
After my hernia I was told I could work out after 2 weeks. I waited 4 weeks just to be safe, but a few months later I was working out just as hard as I had before. The main thing you want to focus on is the core. Doing planks, glute bridges, pushups, lunges, and squats helped me tremendously. Not every case is the same, so you can always consult the surgeon that did your procedure to be sure. If you still have pain after five years you should probably have it checked out again.
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