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Hernia Recovery Timeline
What should I do to avoid making my hernia worse and what is the recovery time after the operation?
About how long of recovery time is it after a double hernia operation would I be able to umpire baseball after 5-6 weeks?
1-2 weeks: While it varies, return to work is often 1 week, even for moderately active jobs. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on your medical history, physical exam, size of hernia, and technique of repair. For most of my hernia patients, I tell them to return to normal activity as tolerated by pain and discomfort. Typical recovery times range from a few days for "simple" cases, to a several weeks for larger hernias and more complex clinical scenarios. ...Read more
I had 2 "vertical" c-sections 39 & 40 yrs ago. Now I'm told I have a large hernia in my rectus abdominis: surgery to repair? Recovery time?
Yes: Surgery is required to repair any hernia. This can be done by opening your previous incision or laparoscopically. Recovery time varies depending on size of the hernia, technique of repair, and individual patient recovery process. I would plan on at least one night in hospital for bigger hernias and anywhere from 2-6 weeks of limited activity. ...Read more
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
I am getting surgery for an umbilical hernia. Can u tell me a bit about it? Size of incision, recovery time, length of stay at hosp., etc.
Well tolerated: Usually, a small umbilical hernia may be repaired with mesh through a small incision under the umbilicus as an outpatient procedure. You will be sore for a couple of days, but can resume normal activities within the week after surgery. Larger hernias can be repaired via a laparoscopic approach and may require overnight hospitalization for pain control. ...Read more
Short: Most umbilical hernia repairs are done outpatient and require a very short recovery. If you do a lot of liftinig, bending and stooping and straining your time for recovery may be longer (~2-4 weeks). If you have a less strenuous vocation, then perhaps less than a week to up to 2 weeks. It will depend on your size, condition, health and complications and your doctor's opinion. ...Read more
Usual course: Your surgeon should have covered this in depth with you. If he or she did not, see someone who will. Pain (or discomfort as we doctors call it), swelling and some bruising are all normal. The most intense portion lasts about three days. Everyone is a bit different, but most are back to nearly normal within a few weeks. ...Read more
Just had surgery for a.10x8 hematoma due to an earlier hiatal hernia what can I expect. Regarding pain and recovery time?
What is the typical recovery time for surgery to repair an inguinal hernia? We have a 20 pound toddler!
Hi, doctor told me I have groin hernia from soccer. Can it be cured without surgery? And if I do the surgery how long is the recovery time.?
Laparoscopic Inguinal hernia surgery with mesh - recovery time? When to start with cycling and exercise for abdominals?
Ask your surgeon: He knows the details of your individual case and can give you the most accurate answer. ...Read more
Clean, dry, intact: The wounds should be clean, dry, and intact...Meaning no drainage, discharge, significant redness, and the edges should still be well aligned. There may be some swelling and some pain, but it should not be getting significantly worse. Any questions, have the surgeon check it out. ...Read more
Multifactorial: Mesh does reduce the risk of recurrence yet, no matter how strong the mesh, it often is anchored to inherently weakened tissue. Factors that contribute to recurrence include heavy lifting, chronic illness, obesity, smoking, wound infections, and steroid use, to name a few. ...Read more
Variable: Usually, a laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair is combined with an anti-reflux procedure known as a nissen fundoplication. Patients are typically back to most normal activities in about two weeks. There is also usually some difficulty swallowing for 3-6 weeks. In the end, the goal is to be better than you are now, so ask your surgeon what the odds are or improvement. ...Read more
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
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
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
Yes: Full activity, unless specifically restricted by your own surgeon, is expected as soon as the patient is capable of performing these exercises and cleared by the surgeon to do so. Typically, stomach crunches are allowed 4-6 weeks postop. Some more conservative surgeons prefer to wait 2-3 months, but typically, the healing process permits for strenuous activity as soon as 2 weeks. ...Read more
What are helpful recommendations for ensuring a safe and speedy recovery after the ingiunal hernia open surgery?
Pre habilitation: Stay fit and exercise before the operation to make recovery smoother. Also, a laparoscopic hernia repair done by an experienced surgeon has a shorter recovery compared to an open repair, but only about 20% of inguinal hernias are repaired this way due to lack of training and experience. Whatever you do, best of luck! ...Read more
I had a hernia repair. This is my 18th day of recovery. My bandaid seems to be coming off. Is it ok if I replace the dressing?
My family dr. Said I have a hernia and"cystocele with prolapse". I am a 51 year old female. What needs to be done? What type of dr do I need to see, and what needs to be done. How many surgeries will it take to fix the problem? How long would my recovery
You: You should be evaluated by a urogynecologic surgeon who has experience with repairing these type of hernias which can be quite complicated. If you are over weight, then losing weight is perhaps the most important thing that you can do. In addition, avoid constipation and straining when you urinate. ...Read more
Complex: Allo-derm derived from cadaver skin, is usually used in complex hernia repair, abdominal wall defects, recurrences, in massive infections etc. There is no simple answer, how soon will be recovery, as each case is different and complex, speak to your own surgeon who knows your case better than any one. ...Read more
"weeks": Recovery is a very broad term: till return to work? ...Activities? ...Pain-free? These times are dependent on the type of hernia and method of repair, rather than the mesh used. Depending on these factors, people may return to normal activities as soon as 2 weeks or as long as 6 weeks post operatively. Talk with your surgeon--they will be able to narrow this down for you. Good luck! ...Read more
I have 2 1/2 weeks left on my recovery from hernia surgery, will I ever be able to eat normally again?
Hernia: Of course, you willGet a more detailed answer ›
Parastomal hernia: Recovery from hernia repair is variable based upon many factors such as hernia size, prior operative details, and type of surgery performed. If possible, the best treatment is to reverse the stoma and repair the hernia site. If the stoma is permanent, a mesh is often utilized. If possible, a laparoscopic repair offers many benefits over open repair. You need to discuss this with a surgeon. ...Read more
2 large abdom. Incisional hernias. Surgeon to decide technique (open or lap) once he's "inside" with camera. How long for recovery with both methods?
Variable: Pain for both procedures may be about the same at first, but should resolve faster with laparoscopic surgery. May stay in the hospital a few days if prolonged surgery or needing a large incision, and maybe a longer recovery too. Likely 6-8 weeks no heavy work or exercise. Please review your questions in detail with your surgeon prior to the operation. ...Read more
One week post bariatric sleeve, my hiatal hernia not corrected in surgery. I didn't have pain, now 8 -9 scale it's severe. Is this normal recovery?
No: This is not normal. You should see your doctor as soon as possible. Hope this helps! ...Read more
After my femoral hernia is surgically repaired what can I do in the hospital to speed up my recovery?
Tincture of time: Healing cannot really be speeded up in most cases, it takes its own time. Good diet, adequate intake of high biological quality protein, follow up with necessary physical therapy balanced with rest are all good ideas. There is no magic bullet proven to work to speed healing in most cases. Some experimental treatment using electricity to help bones heal faster is exciting, but so far only for bone. ...Read more
If I don't want a open surgery, and not a laparoscopy when I have an umbilical hernia, do I have any other options that have short recovery?
Laparoscopic: Is likely the least invasion and with the quickest healing time. The other choice is just to leave it, unless it is causing pain. All the best. ...Read more
How is umbilical hernia recovery compared to csection recovery. Have 5 kids under 7 and no help. Can surgery be done with local not general?
2 weeks, local OK: Recovery from umb. hernia repair is about 15 days in most cases. That would be no lifting more than 10 lbs and no physical exercise except walking. Can be done with mild sedation and local, and I have performed this using just local in a trim, motivated patient. Good luck. ...Read more
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