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How long after hernia operation can you drive

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Grover
General Surgery 26 years experience
A few days: It depends on how long you are taking narcotic pain medication. You should not drive for a couple days after you stop taking the narcotics. This can... Read More
Dr. Mark Aranson
General Surgery 43 years experience
Driving after hernia: I advise my post-op groin hernia patients not to try and drive if they are using narcotics and/or for at least a week since their response time to put... Read More
Dr. Joey Bluhm
General Surgery 17 years experience
Depends on Surgeon: All surgeons have different protocols for when they will let patients return to normal activity. Most would say 2-4 weeks of no heavy lifting or stre... Read More

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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Syed Tahir
General Surgery 47 years experience
Seroma: Majority of time six months is enough time for seroma to resolve. At this point it can safely be aspirated if resolution is not satisfactory. How it s... Read More
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Show it to: Your surgeon, but if it is getting smaller, opinion would probably be to leave it alone. Sometimes it takes up to one year for scar to mature.
A male asked:
Dr. Ayisha Gani
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Post operative pain: The tissue may take upto 6 months to remodel itself. Pain will decrease over time.
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Sterlace
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Pain: Severe pain is never normal. Call your surgeon and follow up. He/she can better answer your question and help control your pain.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Varies: What type of hernia? Usually an outpatient surgery for a minor hernia, a few days of moderate discomfort treated with pain medication, no heavy work o... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Schneider
General Surgery 27 years experience
Depends.: The best answer to your question would be from the surgeon who performed the operation. How long after? How big of a hernia? Was mesh used? Where w... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
If really necessary : It is hard to believe 3 decades ago after hernia repair not allowed even get out of bed ! now quick ambulation is the rule, ideal time is to wait fo... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Varies: Depends on the type of work, but generally can go back to light work in about a week after surgery and no heavy work for about 4-6 weeks. Get specific... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: Not all hernia operations are the same. Generally, open inguinal hernia repair is 2-4 weeks, and lap inguinal is 1-2 weeks. Ventral hernia repair is s... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 25 years experience
Fitness?: Depends on how vigorous a man he is. Does he walk independently or is he bed-bound. Can he walk up stairs? Is he on 1 medication or 25 medications?... Read More

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