I agree that what I've heard about lifting weights and just plain lifting in everyday life after Nissen is extremely confusing. I've heard people speak of surgeons who tell their patients that they can go back to doing ANYTHING they did post Nissen (obviously after initial healing of the hernia). I've heard people speak of surgeons who tell them that they should never again lift very heavy things.
It seems to me that how much weight you can lift post-Nissen depends upon what kind of core strength you have prior to the surgery. Do I know this for a fact? Absolutely not.
I can tell you that I've read about a member here who blew out his wrap lifting a heavy couch. I also read (fairly recently) about a person who blew out his wrap leaning over the trunk of his car and lifting out a bike. He didn't think it was the bike itself that caused the problem, but rather the position he was in when he was lifting it.
I am no weight lifter, and I definitely do not have good core strength, so I think that is my problem...but I was reaching over in a similar way, and picked up a tote filled with books, when I got a sharp pain in the wrap area. This happened another time when I was carrying books (I'm a retired teacher, and I tutor, so I'm always dragging children's books all over the house) up the stairs. I'm trying to convince myself to stop doing that before it's too late! Everything got feeling good again after a week or so.
To me it seems as if positioning and strength are two things that would determine how much weight you can lift without risking your wrap. Do I really know? Absolutely not.
Still, I always cringe when I hear a surgeon tell their patients they can weight lift without restrictions post-Nissen. They should know, don't you think? I'm sure they don't want to get a reputation for failed Nissen surgeries!
I doubt I've clarified things at all. It's the best I can do.
Good luck with your search for answers!
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