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.
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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
C.

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.
  • Can a hernia get worse?

    This occurs when a loop of intestine or a piece of fatty tissue is trapped in a hernia and the blood supply is cut off, which kills the tissue. The hernia won't heal on its own. If your hernia does not bother you, most likely you can wait to have surgery. Your hernia may get worse, but it may not.
  • Do hernia grow?

    Hernias generally grow larger due to pressure on them, such as a loop of your intestine or fatty tissue pushing into the weak abdominal tissue or tear. The result is a sac that forms in the abdominal wall. You may or may not see a bulge at this point. Unfortunately, a hernia won't go away on its own.
  • Is a laparoscopy painful?

    In the days following laparoscopy, you may feel moderate pain and throbbing in the areas where incisions were made. Any pain or discomfort should improve within a few days. The pain is usually a result of the carbon dioxide gas used to inflate your abdomen to create a working space for the surgical instruments.

Updated: 24th September 2018

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