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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. 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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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 are helpful recommendations for ensuring a safe and speedy recovery after the ingiunal hernia open surgery?

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

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Can I do stomach exercises after a hernia operation? And how long is the recovery period after a hernia operation?

Can I do stomach exercises after a hernia operation?   And how long is the recovery period after a hernia operation?

Restrictions: Restrictions after hernia surgery vary, so best to confirm with your surgical team. In general it is 6 weeks of not lifting more than 20 pounds. So wait on sit ups and abd work until you are cleared by your surgery team. Be well. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some tips to a safe and speedy recovery after the inguinal hernia open surgery?

I was wondering what are some tips to a safe and speedy recovery after the inguinal hernia open surgery?

Follow your surgeons: Instructions, it is a very low risk out patient procedure , in uncomplicated case you need very brief time to recover completely ...Read more

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Can I return to doing activities lkke crunches after recovery from inginiul hernia repair?

Can I return to doing activities lkke crunches after recovery from inginiul hernia repair?

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

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Hard lump near the top of testicle after full recovery from hernia repair and hydrocele surgery? What could it be? I do not think it is swelling

Scar/blood clot: Probably scar tissue related to the suture material, the normal healing process, and/or a blood clot. Probably not dangerous. See your surgeon for an exam to be sure. ...Read more

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How should hernia recovery look after the 4th day?

How should hernia recovery look after the 4th day?

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

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Why does hernia recurr in open mesh ? Why does recovery take 6 weeks ?

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

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What's the recovery from a hernia operation like?

What's the recovery from a hernia operation like?

Depends: Recovery from any operation is highly variable among individuals. From small hernia operations, recovery is usually 1-3 weeks. For large hernia operations, it may be as long as 6-12 weeks. ...Read more

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