I just found out that I have an inguinal hernia and am trying to find good information on whether or not I should be surfing / swimming / cycling.
I’ve currently stopped all these activities, and the pain is currently minimal. No precise details about the hernia itself as I’ve not yet met with a specialist.
I also swim into surf to shoot with the water housing – would this be putting too much pressure on the hernia?
Any advice would be very gratefully received.
Many thanks for your time.
ANSWER FROM DR PHIL:
Your issue is pretty common. Inguinal hernias can play up, and it’s worthwhile getting it repaired sooner rather than later. The risk with strenuous activity is that bowel or other tissue called omentum might get incarcerated / stuck in the defect. Worse case scenario is called strangulation, where the bowel or tissue is not only stuck, but twisted.
If your hernia is not painful I’d consider moderate activity. Swimming and even surfing is an option. I’d keep it down to small surf though – not over 3ft. Anything that pushes up your intra-abdominal pressure could force tissue into the defect.
Your specialist will suggest surgical repair – either open or keyhole. It’s a smallish procedure – out of the water for a few weeks after!