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How long do docs recommend I should I expect to stay out of work after hernia surgery?

How long do docs recommend I should I expect to stay out of work after hernia surgery?

1 to 4 weeks : Depending on type of hernia, type of repair and type of work you do it can be as short as 1 week if your work does not involve more then 10-15lbs lifting and up to 6 weeks if you do heavy work or have large abdominal/incisional hernia. ...Read more

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


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Hernia surgery, how long will i be out of work?

Hernia surgery, how long will i be out of work?

Depends: If you do heavy lifting expect 4-6 weeks. If light work desk job you can go back as soon as you want. You should write down all your questions and ask the surgeon during your consultation. ...Read more

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How long are you off from work after hernia surgery?

Depends: On what your work requirements are & your surgeon's instructions. Usually, in general, people can return to light work in a week or less and full heavy work in 4-6 weeks. Ask your surgeon regarding your specific situation. ...Read more

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After my hernia surgery, how long should I stay out of work?

Returning to work: After hernia surgery, it is normally safe to return to work after just a week or so. This assumes that your job does not involve any heavy lifting and that there is a "light duty" position available. If no such position is available, then being out of work for 5-6 weeks is advised. ...Read more

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I'm pretty sure I have an umbilical hernia. If i were to have surgery how long should I expect to be off work?

I'm pretty sure I have an umbilical hernia. If i were to have surgery how long should I expect to be off work?

About 5-7 days: The time off of work is less if the hernia (and incision) are small. You shouldn't drive while you are taking narcotic pain pills. You could go back to work with no heavy lifting in less than a week if the hernia is small. The surgeon will probably recommend no heavy lifting for about 4 weeks. ...Read more

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Laparoscopic hernia surgery how long off work?

Laparoscopic hernia surgery how long off work?

Depends: If you do heavy lifting expect 4-6 weeks. If light work desk job you can go back as soon as you want. You should write down all your questions and ask the surgeon during your consultation. ...Read more

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After hernia surgery, how long will my bowels not work?

After hernia surgery, how long will my bowels not work?

Post-op Constipation: It is very common for someone after hernia surgery to be rather constipated. This is usually due to post-operative incisional pain, relative early inactivity as well as the use of opioid pain medications. If possible, wean off the opioids, get up and walk, drink plenty of fluids, and take a mild laxative as needed. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait before I start to work my abs again after getting hernia surgery?

How long do I have to wait before I start to work my abs again after getting hernia surgery?

4-8 weeks: Most surgeons would like you to wait at least 4 weeks before starting abdominal wall stressing excersizes. Discuss this with you surgeon. ...Read more

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How long after laproscopic hernia surgery can I go back to heavy construction work?

How long after laproscopic hernia surgery can I go back to heavy construction work?

Depends: It depends on the type of hernia, but the usual postop instructions for my patients are to return to all usual activity as tolerated. It is usually 1-3 weeks for a groin hernia, and 3-6 weeks for a ventral hernia. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How long will i need to be out of work following umbilical hernia surgery and lyposuction?

Depends on work: It depends on the nature of your work, but if it involves any strenuous activity, i would plan on two weeks with limited activity for six weeks post-operatively. If more administrative in nature, could probably go back after one week, again with limited activity. ...Read more

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