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Are there things I can do to speed up my recovery after hernia surgery?

Are there things I can do to speed up my recovery after hernia surgery?

Slowly increase: Gradually increase your activity with your doctor's approval. Walking and gradual light exercises that do not strain the area that had surgery can be helpful. Mostly it takes time, about 4 to 6 weeks, for full recovery depending on the type of surgery performed. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Hernia Surgery (Definition)

There are a variety or several types of hernias, and many are repaired differently. A hernia is a weakness in the abdominal wall (such as inguinal, umbilical, incisional) or diaphragm (hiatal hernia). Surgery to repair the hernia can involve use of sutures, and possible use of mesh. Open or laparoscopic surgery can be a means to repair hernias, with laparoscopic ...Read more


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How long does it take to recover from inguinal hernia surgery? I’m having surgery to repair an inguinal hernia. What is the recovery like? How long before i can lift and carry things again?

How long does it take to recover from inguinal hernia surgery? I’m having surgery to repair an inguinal hernia. What is the recovery like? How long before i can lift and carry things again?

There : There are several different ways to repair an inguinal hernia. A traditional repair involves an incision over the area of the hernia and the placement of a plastic mesh material to plug or cover the defect. Alternatively, your surgeon may perform a laparoscopic hernia repair which involves making a few incisions near your navel and placing mesh in front of the hernia. Generally, the recovery from a laparoscopic hernia repair is shorter and involves less pain. One can usually return to regular activities within a few days to a week. Traditional hernia repairs usually require a longer recovery (3-5 weeks) but can be performed under local anesthetic meaning the patient does not have to have a full general anesthetic. This is beneficial for some patients who may not tolerate general anesthesia. You should speak with your surgeon about all your options as every patient has unique conditions which may influence how the surgeon may recommend proceeding. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery for hernia surgery?

How long is the recovery for hernia surgery?

Depends: Not all hernias are the same. The most common hernia operation is an inguinal hernia repair which typically has a 1-3 week recovery period for a laparoscopic repair and a 2-4 week recovery for an open repair. ...Read more

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Is hernia surgery an out patient surgery . What is the recovery time?

Hernia surgery : Hernia surgeries are commonly performed as outpatient procedures. They may be performed in an open or laparoscopic fashion. Some details could determine whether or not it is inpatient such as complicating medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, or sleep apnea. Also, size and location of the hernia and age of the patient. The recovery times varies, but if outpatient, would expect 3 wks. ...Read more

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What is the recovery from hernia surgery like?

Common: Inguinal hernia is very common and modern surgery quite effective and less invasive. Some pain, bruising and limitation of exercize is reasonable expectation for 4-6 weeks in general other hernias in other places have there own track. ...Read more

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What is the normal course of recovery after a hernia surgery?

What is the normal course of recovery after a hernia surgery?

Days to weeks...: Recovery from hernia surgery is dependent upon the type of hernia, type of repair, and health of the patient. A healthy adult recovering from a typical inguinal (groin) hernia would go home the same day of surgery, need 2-4 days of pain meds, and be back to a desk job within 1-2 weeks. Most people would expect to be fully recovered in 2-4 weeks. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about inscional hernia surgery? How long is recovery usually?

6 weeks: It varies somewhat based on the size and location of the hernia and the technique used to repair it, but in general there is an approximately 6 week recovery period before return to full activities following a hernia repair. I would discuss your specific case with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the recovery like for hiatal hernia surgery?

What is the recovery like for hiatal hernia surgery?

Week: If done laparoscopically or robotic as i do, you should be back to work in about a week. About 2-3 weeks to feel you can eat all foods. As i tell my patients, most maor surgery like this will put a toll in your lifestyle for about 4 weeks. ...Read more

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I had sex four days after an umbilical hernia surgery. Will that affect the recovery?

No: The defect in the abdominal wall necessitating hernia repair in the para umbilical area is small. With heavy and at least 2 layer suture repair especially if no mesh required, chance of disrupting suture line rare. If this had been initiated during sexual activity severe pain as one or more sutures broke would have been readily noted. More problems would have been noted in an inguinal repair. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


Dr. David Earle
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Hernia Repair (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which the lining of the abdominal cavity protrudes, creating a sac. Hernias are common in the groin, belly button, upper-midline, or associated w/scars. The exact method of repair varies w/the type & size of the hernia as well as patient-factors, however, the basic principle is the same: close the hole, often ...Read more