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After my hernia surgery, how long should I stay out of work?
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Andrew Glantz
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: "weeks"
Recovery following hernia repair is dependent on the type of hernia, size of the hernia, technique of hernia repair, and the nature of the work that you do.
This can be as short as a week or as long as 6 weeks, depending on all these factors. In general, for a simple groin hernia repaired laparoscopically, most patients can return to a desk job in 1 week and heavy lifting in 3 weeks.

In brief: "weeks"
Recovery following hernia repair is dependent on the type of hernia, size of the hernia, technique of hernia repair, and the nature of the work that you do.
This can be as short as a week or as long as 6 weeks, depending on all these factors. In general, for a simple groin hernia repaired laparoscopically, most patients can return to a desk job in 1 week and heavy lifting in 3 weeks.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Joseph Sucher
Surgery - Trauma
In brief: It depends
It takes at least 6 weeks to fully heal from surgery.
If your work requires any significant physical activity, you will not be able to perform your job until that time. However, if your job is basically sitting in front of a computer, then most people return to work after 1 to 2 weeks, depending on the extent of the repair.

In brief: It depends
It takes at least 6 weeks to fully heal from surgery.
If your work requires any significant physical activity, you will not be able to perform your job until that time. However, if your job is basically sitting in front of a computer, then most people return to work after 1 to 2 weeks, depending on the extent of the repair.
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