How long does it take to recover from inguinal hernia surgery? I’m having surgery to repair an inguinal hernia. What is the recovery like? How long before I can lift and carry things again?

There . There are several different ways to repair an inguinal hernia. A traditional repair involves an incision over the area of the hernia and the placement of a plastic mesh material to plug or cover the defect. Alternatively, your surgeon may perform a laparoscopic hernia repair which involves making a few incisions near your navel and placing mesh in front of the hernia. Generally, the recovery from a laparoscopic hernia repair is shorter and involves less pain. One can usually return to regular activities within a few days to a week. Traditional hernia repairs usually require a longer recovery (3-5 weeks) but can be performed under local anesthetic meaning the patient does not have to have a full general anesthetic. This is beneficial for some patients who may not tolerate general anesthesia. You should speak with your surgeon about all your options as every patient has unique conditions which may influence how the surgeon may recommend proceeding.
See Below. The recovery from inguinal hernia surgery is dependent upon the method of repair (laparoscopic vs. Open), the health and age of the patient, and the level of activity that one is striving for. In general, most people who undergo laparoscopic repair are in pain that requires medication for 2-3 days and may return to a desk job within 7-10 days; work that requires heavy lifting may take 3 weeks of recovery. In general, these numbers should be doubled when recovering from an "open" repair. Of course, the best person to ask is your surgeon: they know the unique nature of your hernia and the operation performed.
It . It depends on how the surgery is performed, such as open or laparoscopic approach. The discomfort is usually moderate the first few days, controlled with oral pain medications. You can usually lift light things less than about 20 pounds when you feel comfortable, soon after surgery. Heavier items or heavy exercises may need about 4 to 6 weeks before you should do those things.

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How long will it take an to recover from inguinal hernia surgery and start running again?

Weeks. Return to exercise after hernia repair is dependent on the health of the patient, method of hernia repair, and extent of surgery. Following laparoscopic hernia repair, my patients are instructed to begin aerobic exercise whenever they feel well enough. Many will be fast-walking on a treadmill or elliptical within a week, running outdoors in 2-3 weeks, and back to pre-surgical fitness in 4-6 weeks. Read more...
Personal. I tell my patients that withing two weeks if they don't hurt, that they can resume walking or running specially if mesh was used. Read more...

How much time will it take me to recover from inguinal hernia surgery?

Up to 6 weeks. Depending on the type of repair, it can take between 1 and 6 weeks to recover. If you have a laparoscopic repair it can take between 1-2 weeks to recover, and if it is open, depending on the recommendations of your surgeon, it can take bewtween two and 6 weeks for full recovery. Read more...

How long after a laparoskopic inguinal hernia surgery with mesh, is it safe to squat, bend over, push a stroller or lift? I am with a toddler at home.

Post-op lifting. It is best to check with your individual doctor who did the surgery to see if thee were any specifics to your case that would limit these things. But in general for laproscopic surgery with mesh placement, you should avoid these things for 6 weeks post-op. Read more...

Hi, 3 month since I had an inguinal hernia surgery. Can I consider myself to be fully recovered? What are the things I should avoid to re-occurrence?

Yes. healing time is 6-8 weeks, 3 months is clearly time to return to normal activity. Recurrences are rare but can occur, suggest as yoou return to normal activity work up to strenuous activity such as lifting . Read more...

I had an inguinal hernia surgery 4 years back I wanna know how much weight can I lift up? And can I do bodybuilding and some stretching exercises?

Ask your surgeon. I had the same surgery last year, and there were really no restrictions. I would suggest calling the surgeon's office if in doubt and discuss- depending upon the surgery, post-op and history, lifting restrictions may vary from person to person. I would also make sure you are lifting with proper form. Read more...
All you can ! If you did not have recurrence , you could do all things you did before surgery ( a reason you had surgery was for this purpose ). Read more...

I had an inguinal hernia surgery (open repair) in 2010.I want to know if nerves are trapped during hernia surgery how this problem can be resolved?

Ilioinguinal nerve. It is possible that a nerve in the area (ilioinguinal) is giving you trouble. Other nerves may be involved. Other options include hernia recurrence (sometimes can't feel on outside) or routine strain injuries to name a few. A surgeon can inject anesthetic at a certain area where the ilioinguinal nerve runs (near ASIS) to see if it is an issue. If it is, part of nerve may be removed to help. Read more...