How long does it take to fix a hernia?

Doctor: On average, a hernia repair surgery takes less than two hours. Doctor: There will be three very small scars with the laparoscopic hernia repair. We make three small incisions, about half an inch long: one near the belly button and two on each side right above the top of your pelvic bone.
A.

Is hernia surgery painful?

While one patient may have open hernia surgery and have little to no pain afterwards, another patient can have laparoscopic surgery and still develop moderate to severe pain. However, on average, most patients can expect the following for their hernia recovery after hernia surgery.
  • Can you get a hernia mesh removed?

    Mesh Removal After Hernia Surgery. Well over 90% of all hernias are repaired with mesh. Finally, if the mesh is placed improperly, it can entrap nerves and cause significant chronic pain, and possibly a recurrence.
  • What can happen if a hernia is not treated?

    The main reason for surgical treatment is the fact that if bowel gets stuck within the hernia, it can lose its blood supply and get strangulated. This can be life threatening and requires emergent surgery. In order to prevent this life threatening complication, it is safer to repair hernias on an elective basis.
  • Do hernias come back after surgery?

    A hernia that cannot be pushed back can be repaired when surgery is convenient unless you have increased pain, redness of the overlying skin, fever, nausea and vomiting, or abdominal bloating. If any of these symptoms occur, the hernia may need to be fixed sooner. Inguinal hernias can come back after surgical repair.
B.

How long does it take to recover from a inguinal hernia surgery?

Most people who have open hernia repair surgery are able to go home the same day. Recovery time is about 3 weeks. You most likely can return to light activity after 3 weeks. Strenuous exercise should wait until after 6 weeks of recovery.
  • Is a hernia operation serious?

    Serious complications from a hernia result from the trapping of tissues in the hernia (incarceration), which can result in the damage or death of the tissue. Hernia repair and the treatment of hernia complications require surgery. Lumps and swelling in the abdominal area should be examined by a doctor.
  • How long do you have to stay in the hospital after hernia surgery?

    The operation usually takes about 30-45 minutes to complete and you'll usually be able to go home on the same day. Some people stay in hospital overnight if they have other medical problems or if they live alone. Read more about recovering from an inguinal hernia repair.
  • What can happen if a hernia is not treated?

    The main reason for surgical treatment is the fact that if bowel gets stuck within the hernia, it can lose its blood supply and get strangulated. This can be life threatening and requires emergent surgery. In order to prevent this life threatening complication, it is safer to repair hernias on an elective basis.
C.

How long do you have to stay in the hospital after hernia surgery?

The operation usually takes about 30-45 minutes to complete and you'll usually be able to go home on the same day. Some people stay in hospital overnight if they have other medical problems or if they live alone. Read more about recovering from an inguinal hernia repair.
  • Is hernia curable?

    If you do in fact suffer from an inguinal hernia, then the only way to truly cure the problem is through surgery. The surgery to repair an inguinal hernia is among the most common general surgical procedures performed in this country.
  • Can you have hernia surgery without anesthesia?

    While open hernia repair may be done under general, regional (spinal), or even local anesthesia with sedation, laparoscopic hernia repair is always done under general anesthesia. Even if you're having open repair, your surgeon may prefer to perform the surgery with general anesthesia.
  • What is the recovery time for inguinal hernia surgery?

    Most people who have open hernia repair surgery are able to go home the same day. Recovery time is about 3 weeks. You most likely can return to light activity after 3 weeks. Strenuous exercise should wait until after 6 weeks of recovery.

Updated: 24th September 2018

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