Have hernia, just appeared. Going to operate it very soon. My question would be, is it a good thing (would be any help) to use some sort of hernia belt after operation and the 2 months of recovery when doing my active & regular gym working-out sessions (heavy weight lifting as well) as a precautionary measure of not ending the same way again???
Kinda long question but i do care a lot (also know that hernias are not caused only from weights, but i'm reffering on the part of minimizing the danger from the weight lifting side)
p.s any recommendations on such belts and places to find them is greatly appreciated
any further opinions are welcomed as well.....
There is no compelling data to suggest that wearing a "hernia belt" will reduce your risk of hernia recurrence. On the other hand, regularly engaging in strenuous physical activity, including heavy weightlifting, will put you at an increased risk of developing a recurrence of your hernia.
I can only share what I did after my hernia surgery, but you'll have to decide if that is right for you. I also was going to try the hernia belt thing after surgery, for added strength and support, since the muscles were going to be weak after the operation. I spoke with a physical therapist at one of the forums and he suggested something called Coreshorts. Of course, he said not to wear them until the 3rd week of my recovery - to give the incision and scar a chance to settle down a bit, as you don't want to irritate it with some compression garment. So I waited and then started wearing them. They definitely added some support to the entire groin/abdominal area while I continued to heal. I mean, they weren't a ticket to not rehab - which you should most definitely do after a hernia surgery - but they seem to keep things well-in-place. Now, they are NOT cheap, and I was thinking about buying a cheaper brand at my local athletic store, but even the person there said that he had heard some positive things about them, so I took the plunge and bought a pair. You may want to check them out and see what you think.
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