Hernia surgery recovery explained

Hernia surgery is in most cases a straightforward procedure. However, like any surgery it requires a strict recovery period to allow the body to fully heal.

Before you undergo the procedure, you may have questions about what to expect from the recovery. Will it hurt and how long will it take to recover fully? If you are wondering what to expect from your recovery, read on to discover everything you need to know.

How long does it take to recover from hernia surgery?

How long hernia surgery recovery will take will depend upon several factors. They include:

  • The type of surgery carried out
  • Whether there are any complications
  • The size of the hernia
  • Lifestyle factors

The type of surgery you have will depend upon the size and severity of the hernia. In most cases, minimally invasive procedures can be carried out to combat the hernia. However, if it is quite large or causing severe issues for the patient, more extensive surgery may be required.

With minimally invasive surgery, patients will typically be fully healed within a couple of weeks. For more intensive surgery, it may take a month or two to fully heal. If any complications arise this can delay the recovery, and lifestyle factors such as smoking can also complicate the healing process.

These are just some of the factors that can affect how long it takes you to fully recover from hernia surgery. You will experience some level of pain for a few days after the procedure. This can be controlled with pain medication.

Will I need to take time off work after hernia surgery?

This varies as with the other factors. You should discuss this with your surgeon and can vary from a couple of days to a month. How quickly you return will depend upon the type of job you do and the type of surgery you underwent.

When can I return to exercise?

You can continue with light exercise a couple of weeks after the operation. However, evidence suggests that walking can help to speed up a patient’s recovery. You can start going on gentle walks within the first week of undergoing the procedure.

Strenuous exercise and sports should be avoided for a period of up to four weeks. However, this will vary between patients. It is best to ask the surgeon how long you should wait to get back to exercise as they will have the best idea of when it is safe.

Do I need to do anything to aid in my recovery?

You will be given a list of instructions you should follow to aid in your recovery. It is important to follow the advice as closely as possible if you want to minimise the risk of complications.

To learn more about what to expect from the recovery after hernia surgery, call 01926 492969 to book a consultation with Mr Stellakis today.