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I had open sugary, not laparoscopic, on my inguinal hernia. When can I return to work?

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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care
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In brief: 4 weeks standard

You should check with your surgeon but in general most surgeons say no heavy lifting, pushing or pulling for the first 4 weeks.
If you do very heavy work (>50 pounds force) you may need 6 weeks or more. Likewise, if you do light deskwork you may be able to return in 2 weeks when your pain is well controlled and you are off of the narcotics. Whatever you do ease back into things slowly.

In brief: 4 weeks standard

You should check with your surgeon but in general most surgeons say no heavy lifting, pushing or pulling for the first 4 weeks.
If you do very heavy work (>50 pounds force) you may need 6 weeks or more. Likewise, if you do light deskwork you may be able to return in 2 weeks when your pain is well controlled and you are off of the narcotics. Whatever you do ease back into things slowly.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
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In brief: 1-4 weeks

I advise my patients stay home for a week before returning to work unless their job requires heavy lifting, in which case it is best to wait 3-4 weeks.
There are often factors related to the operation that can impact this recommendation, therefore, this is best answered by your surgeon.

In brief: 1-4 weeks

I advise my patients stay home for a week before returning to work unless their job requires heavy lifting, in which case it is best to wait 3-4 weeks.
There are often factors related to the operation that can impact this recommendation, therefore, this is best answered by your surgeon.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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