How Long Does it Take to Recover From Hernia Surgery?

Recovering from a hernia surgery can be difficult, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t doable! A lot of people fear to have their hernia repaired because of the recovery period afterward, but it’s important to know that recovery is necessary in order to get back to normal. This makes recovering after the surgery very important, so a few tips can help make this is a comfortable and effective process.

Find out more in this article as we go over the recovery process after hernia surgery. It’s important to know how long recovery takes as well as everything that is involved in the process itself. Keep reading to learn more! 

Recovering from hernia surgery

Full recovery after hernia surgery is performed can take up to six weeks. But throughout those six weeks, a lot of the initial healing is achieved in the process.

The first three weeks

Immediately after hernia surgery, it is very likely that you can go home that same day. However, there are a few stipulations to that: Someone must drive the patient home, food and drink must be consumed and urine output must be achieved. It is likely that there will still be a lot of pain and discomfort.

Once a person is back home from hernia surgery, the real recovery process begins. Because the surgery is pretty invasive, the person will likely be very tired and in discomfort. Sleep and maximum rest are both encouraged so that the incision site can heal as well as the rest of the body.

During the first three weeks, it is advised that the person takes it extremely easy. It is important to avoid any strenuous lifting or movements during this recovery period. Eating a healthy diet rich in vegetables and fruits is crucial in healing; light walking is also encouraged to speed up the recovery process.

The last three weeks

After the first three weeks of hernia surgery recovery have passed, the road to recovery is a lot easier. By the time the fourth week comes around, a normal diet is likely going to be adopted to again. The patient shouldn’t be as dreary or tired, and they should be able to return to normal daily life, so long as it doesn’t involve anything too strenuous on the body.

While most people may feel better during the last three weeks, it is still important to be less active than normal. Physical activity other than walking should be avoided so that the hernia repair doesn’t reverse itself. Returning to daily life is often fine after the first three weeks, but this is typically based upon how the person feels. Everyone's body reacts differently to hernia surgery, so ultimately it may be best to consult with the surgeon.

Reach out to us today

We are here to help! Give us a call if you have questions about the recovery process for hernia surgery. This procedure does tend to be invasive and it’s important to allow the body to heal afterward. Reach out to our office so that we can help you further.

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