I'll join this conversation with a few thoughts. I'll start with telling you that my younger son is an avid lifter...he is very muscular and lifts every day. He has a very slim build, but big biceps, six pack, etc. Lifting is extremely important to him, and I know that he would be very upset if he couldn't lift after a Nissen.
When I asked my surgeon how much I could lift after my final visit with him, he said, "How much could you lift before the surgery?"...meaning that there were no longer any limits.
There have been many lifting/question posts on this forum over the years. Many people are anxious to get back to their lifting routines. There are also posts of people who have had their wraps damaged by lifting heavy objects (moving a couch, for example).
I don't think there's a problem lifting small weights, but I actually agree with Diaas' surgeon about "not making a habit of being a body builder". Lifting hundreds of pounds repeatedly, which is what is required to build big muscles, stresses the hernia repair. The hernia repair is what keeps the wrap in place.
I would think that someone with uncommon core strength. who has already been lifting a long time would be less likely to stress the area than someone who is just starting to lift seriously (perhaps that's where the comment from my surgeon came from).
When I asked my surgeon about the effects of my constant coughing on the wrap (post-op I was still recovering from the effects of my lungs long exposure to reflux, as well as a serious lung infection). He said that "even water can erode stone". He said that there is a cumulative effect of coughing, straining, etc., that will eventually weaken the repair. These things are unavoidable.
I've had conversations like this with others, and it's not something that lifters want to hear. Believe me, I'm NO expert on the subject. In my mind it's common sense that lifting very heavy weights will put pressure on the hernia repair. (Again, unless you already have a rock solid core.)
This is definitely an individual decision. As I said, my son wouldn't give up weight lifting. I don't think it's necessary to give it up completely. Just use common sense. Listen to your body and think about what you're doing.
Don't mean to rain on your parade! I've heard here at the forum that many surgeons don't restrict lifting at all. I suspect that if a surgeon sees a very muscled, obviously long-time weight-lifting patient, they are more confident in their core strength. Also, I think surgeons truly want their patients to go back to their normal lifestyle after surgery. If someone is already a body builder, then they know it's important for them to lift.
So there's my two cents, for what it's worth, which probably isn't much! Good luck with your surgery, Diaas! We'll be here to support and encourage you through your recovery! StephanieJean, hope things are going well, and you're relaxing into your recovery and letting your body do it's thing! We're here for you, too!
Have a great day, one and all!
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Post Edited (dencha) : 10/11/2013 8:56:20 AM (GMT-6)