Inguinal hernia


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.



Hi Mike,
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!


  1. I had a hernia and i surfed all through it. The doctor advised me agianst it, but i just couldn’t stay out’v the waves 🙂 Unfortuantly it ended up making me hernia much worse, so i woodnt recomend surfing for anyone with a hernia, id stick to body surfing till u get it fixed up. I’ve got a blog on surfing @ plz check it out and tell me what you think 🙂

  2. A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue called fascia. The most common types of hernia are inguinal (inner groin), incisional (resulting from an incision), femoral (outer groin), umbilical (belly button), and hiatal (upper stomach)..–..

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  3. Diagnosed with inguinal hernia few days ago, gutted!
    Waiting to see a specialist and advised by GP to only go swimming to keep fit.
    Found the above posts last night which gave me some confidence in trying a surf on my long board at my local this morning.

    It was ok but bit uncomfortable sitting on the board.

    Any thoughts / opinions on body boarding as an alternative?

    Thanks for any replies / comments.

    • Mate for anyone that’s had a hernia op you need to understand and except the you need to give your body time to heal properly .I know your frothin but don’t be one of those guys that brag about how quickly they got back into the surf.You rush it and stuff it you’ll need a second operation then add on another 2 months or more likely longer.Ive had two hernias done on one side a few years ago.
      And just recently another hernia on the opposite side which I had put off for over a year and a half knowing I had it.Dumb mistake. The longer you leave it the bigger the op and th longer the recovery period.So my advice is if you know you have a hernia get it done asap and don’t surf for a mini min 6/8 weeks.Otherwise the injury possibly will hassil you for years.Dont rush it and you’ll fully recover to 100 percent.

  4. Hey guys! I just had hernia surgery three days ago and I’m recovering pretty well for sure, super grateful. I wanted to let you know that I found an incredible doctor close to San Francisco by the name of Dr. William Brown he does natural tissue repair and does not believe in mesh repair. I’ve done a fair bit of research on natural tissue repair versus mesh repair and if you are a candidate for natural repair I would go for that over mesh 100%. The recovery time is a little bit longer for open surgery but you don’t have a foreign body inside of you that could potentially give you chronic pain . I’m excited to heal up and get back in the water but I am definitely going to wait a full eight weeks before I start shredding again!

    Ps. Dr. Brown is retiring soon and it is difficult to find natural tissue repair doctors in the United States there’s a great place in Ontario called the Shouldice Hospital if you’re looking for an alternative to mesh.

  5. I recently had a inguinal hernia repaired by surgery. I thought it would be harder to stay out of the water but your body will tell you when it is smart. I’m on week 4 and have started paddling
    my soft top in the harbor, but not ready for the unpredictable positions surfing put your body in yet. I am thinking 2 more weeks for surf shoulder high. You don’t realize how much you use those muscles until someone makes a 2 inch cut down there.

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