People typically go home after 1 to 2 hours, when they can eat,
drink, and walk around. People who have been hospitalized for surgery may need
to stay longer so that they can be watched for complications.
Swelling over the incision is common after hernia surgery and does
not mean that surgery was unsuccessful. Placing an ice pack on the incision
during the first 24 hours helps reduce swelling. If the following warning signs
occur, call your doctor.
Resuming exercise depends on the type of hernia repair and how you
You most likely can return to light activity after 3 weeks.
Strenuous exercise should wait until after 6 weeks of recovery.
You should wait to drive a car for at least 2 weeks or until you
have no pain in your groin.
Sexual intercourse can be resumed after 3 weeks. But don't do
anything that causes you pain.
Returning to work
Some people may return to work in the first week after surgery. But
it is best to wait 3 weeks before returning to light work. Work that requires
heavy lifting or physical labor should be avoided for 6 weeks, to prevent the
hernia from coming back.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
C. Dale Mercer, MD, FRCSC, FACS - General Surgery
April 26, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 26, 2011
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