1How long does it take to recover from a hernia operation?
Most people who have open hernia repair surgery are able to go home the same day. Recovery time is about 3 weeks. You most likely can return to light activity after 3 weeks. Strenuous exercise should wait until after 6 weeks of recovery.
2What should I expect after my hernia surgery?
Most people are able to return to work within 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. But if your job requires that you to do heavy lifting or strenuous activity, you may need to take 4 to 6 weeks off from work. You may shower 24 to 48 hours after surgery, if your doctor okays it. Pat the cut (incision) dry.
3How much can I lift after hernia surgery?
After surgery, most patients will be asked to avoid lifting anything heavier than 15 pounds for the first two weeks, though more complicated patients may have differing limitations. Different patients will have individual restrictions, but in general, you should be as active as your provider permits
4How long after hernia surgery can I drive?
You should not drive an automobile until you are not taking narcotic pain medications. Light exercise, such as golfing or swimming, is fine. Generally, you will be able to resume normal vigorous exercise and heavy lifting in 4 to 6 weeks
5Does the bulge go away after hernia surgery?
This may look like the hernia has come back or cause some discomfort, but there is usually no treatment needed and the fluid will go away on its own. Hernias rarely come back soon after surgery. Occasionally these fluid collections can become infected, so watch for redness over the area, drainage or fever
6How long after hernia surgery Can I drink alcohol?
You may be up and about at home as desired the day of surgery, and you may climb stairs. No lifting more than 10 pounds until approved by your surgeon. Do not drive for 1 week or until your pain is gone. Do not drink any alcohol, including beer, for 24 hours, or while taking prescribed pain medicine.
7How long does it take to heal from umbilical hernia surgery?
4 to 6 weeks
After recovery, you can usually return to work within 2 to 3 days. You will not be able to lift anything over 10 pounds, climb, or do strenuous activity for 4 to 6 weeks following surgical repair of an umbilical hernia
8Can coughing hurt hernia repair?
An inguinal hernia is usually not dangerous. However, it can be painful, especially when lifting, bending, straining with a bowel movement, or coughing. If a hernia bulges out and cannot be pushed back, or reduced, this is an emergency and you should seek immediate medical attention.
9Can I cycle after hernia operation?
Patients are often able to go for a gentle jog the day following the operation and steadily get back to normal routine. Indeed, we encourage as much activity as is comfortable as soon as possible. With our techniques, it is virtually impossible to undo or damage the repair.
10How do you poop after surgery?
Constipation treatments to try after surgery
After surgery, you should also plan to take a stool softener, such as docusate (Colace). A fiber laxative, such as psyllium (Metamucil), may also be helpful. Purchase a laxative or stool softener before your surgery so that you have it available when you return home