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Recovering from Hernia Surgery

Hernia surgeries are quite common, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any risks associated with these surgeries.

It can be painful and uncomfortable. It can be helpful to know what to expect as well as the different ways that you can recover after your surgery to ensure that you make a speedy recovery. Reading on, you can learn about how long it takes to recover as well as anything else that you need to know about the recovery process.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from Hernia Surgery?

One of the most common questions that people have about hernia surgery is how long the recovery process can take. There is no simple answer as to how long it takes to recover as there are a variety of different factors that can impact your recovery time. These factors include:

  • The type of hernia
  • The approach to surgery
  • Age
  • Overall health
  • Experience of hernia surgeon

Generally, you can go home on the same day as your procedure if you’ve had robotic or laparoscopic hernia surgery. You will need to have someone bring you home due to the side effects of being under anesthesia.

Ways to Help Your Recovery Process

How well the recovery goes can depend on how well you take care of yourself after the surgery. In this section, you can get a closer look at how you can help make the recovery process go a lot more smoothly.

Take Care of Yourself

One of the most important things that you can do is to make sure that you take any medication as prescribed by your doctor. This will help you find relief from the common pain and discomfort you can expect after this surgery. It’s also important that you have an adult with you for at least the first 24 hours after the surgery to make sure that you aren’t experiencing any issues. It’s also recommended that you use a pillow or your hand on the wound to make things like sneezing, coughing, and repositioning yourself.

Avoid Certain Activities

It is recommended that you avoid alcohol or operating any machinery for at least 48 hours after your surgery when anesthesia is used. Most people are able to start getting back to light activity between 1 and 2 weeks after the surgery, but the important thing is to listen to your body. Lastly, you may want to also avoid driving for a couple of weeks after the surgery or until you can make an emergency stop without any pain.


Hernia surgeries are very common repair surgeries. As common as these surgeries are, it is still very important that you take care of yourself after the surgery so that you can ensure a speedy recovery. You should always follow the instructions provided to you by your medical professional. If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery, it’s always a good idea to contact your medical professional. Most importantly, be sure to listen to your body and don’t rush the recovery. This can cause more pain than good.

Posted in: News on March 18, 2021.

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