Last June I had my umbilical hernia repaired during my tummy tuck and breast lift surgery. The TT included lots of muscle repair to my abs after being badly separated from pregnancy.
Well, my hernia has returned, I believe after some great, intense workouts that included heavy squats. I saw my plastic surgeon and he wants to do the repair again himself (he is also a general surgeon), but said he would not use mesh. He also didn't say much when I asked him about lifting weights. I don't think he has much experience with patients that workout seriously.
I have lowered my weights and upped my reps until I can get it repaired. I have backed off most ab work, just doing some hanging knee raises for now.
Even after a second repair, I am starting to think that going heavy on the big lifts is going to continue to be a problem. My goals had been to lean out a little more and then maintain while focusing on gaining strength (indefinitely). I had thought of maybe trying PL'ing or strongman at some point in the future (if I get strong enough).
I am wondering if anyone has any info or experience dealing with hernias, especially umbilical. Doing some research online, it seems that mesh has a slightly better rate of (non)recurrance. Might a lifting belt help keep it from coming back again?