Has anyone ever had an umbilical hernia, had it repaired, and after the appropriate recovery time, returned to active sparring? I practice Taekwondo point sparring and wondered if that was going to be a possibility. I will be seeing a doctor and following their advice, but since sparring is not a common activity for adults where I live, I wanted to see if anyone here has had a similar issue and was able to return. I only do recreational point-sparring (harder at testing), but definitely not full contact. We do not wear hogus or chest protectors but that would not be an issue if that allowed me to spar. I was just interested if the scar area would be able to withstand direct contact. I’m female, early 40s— not sure if that matters on the injury or not. Thanks In advance.
First and foremost listen to your doctor's advice; if they say don't spar, don't spar!
If you are unable to spar for medical reasons, it should be removed from your tests (with something else added in its place); there is plenty to do in Taekwondo (and almost every martial art) that does not require sparring and there are techniques and skills involved that you can still excel in!
Make sure you have an open discussion with your instructors about this; if they are unwilling to make allowances in their classes to suit your needs then perhaps finding a school that will is best.
If you are able to spar and are still worried about contact to that area, look at what additional protection is available. Your instructors may be able to help with this; a hogu might be a good place to start. I wear a full back protector in competition (and sparring training) to protect an old injury; other than declaring it when I enter tournaments (both to the chief umpire before the start and the referees on my ring before competing) it is never a problem.