How Long to Recover from Hernia Surgery

How Long to Recover from Hernia Surgery

How Long to Recover from Hernia Surgery

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  • September 21, 2021

Hernia surgery is performed to repair a hernia, which is a small sac created when an organ or fatty tissue pushes its way through the muscle or connective tissue that surrounds it. Inguinal, incisional, femoral, umbilical, and hiatal are the most common types of hernias, affecting different organs and areas of the body.

Hernia repair surgeries are performed every day, but they’re still considered major surgery. When you’re scheduled to have hernia surgery, you want to know how long it’ll be before you can return to your everyday life. This guide can help you get a feel for the recovery time that you may experience after your surgery:

Hernia Surgery: Recovery

A hernia repair surgery is done through one of two methods, traditional “open” surgery or laparoscopically. With a traditional “open” surgery, the surgeon makes a much larger cut into your body. It will almost always take you longer to recover from a traditional “open” surgery.

You and your doctor will make the decisions as to which surgical procedure is best for your case. There are some conditions and circumstances that might make you ineligible for laparoscopic surgery or cause the surgeon to switch to a traditional “open” one during the procedure, such as:

– The doctor is unable to get a clear view of the hernia.

– Excess scar tissue from past injuries or surgeries.

– A bleeding issue that occurs during the surgery.

A laparoscopic hernia repair surgery requires three small cuts into the skin of around half an inch each. It typically takes less time to recover from this procedure than a traditional one.

While a hernia repair is commonplace, it’s still considered major surgery. You can expect various factors to affect your personal recovery time, including:

– Age

– Level of physical fitness

– Location and size of the hernia

– Complications from the surgery, such as an infection or excess bleeding.

Your personal recovery time may be different from someone else’s, but there are still expectations for recovery time. We’ll look at those next.

Recovery Time Expectations By Hernia Type

Your personal recovery time comes down to a variety of factors, but it’s also partly based on the type of hernia. Here’s a look at each one’s expected recovery time:

Inguinal Hernia

An inguinal hernia is a hernia that typically appears in the groin area. A small portion of the intestines pushes through the abdominal wall. This type of hernia is almost always performed on an outpatient basis, although it’s done under general anesthesia.

First few hours after surgery

After the surgeon completes their work, you’ll be moved to a recovery room. In the first few hours, you may feel groggy. Once your pain is managed, and you’re able to walk, your surgeon will send you home. You might be required to urinate before you can leave due to the location of the hernia repair.

Day or two post-surgery

Your doctor will encourage you to get up and about the first day or two after an inguinal hernia repair. You may experience some soreness and swelling in these first few days.

One to two weeks after surgery

You should be able to return to regular routine within a short amount of time. Take your time and don’t push yourself. At the two-week mark, you’ll have a follow-up visit with your doctor.

Incisional or Ventral Hernia

This is a hernia that appears at the site of the incision of previous surgery. It can appear almost anywhere on the body, but many of them appear in the abdominal area. In many cases, this type of hernia repair is done through laparoscopic surgery.

First few hours after surgery

With surgery completed, you’ll be taken to a recovery room. You’ll slowly wake up. You make experience pain, and your doctor will make sure it’s managed, and you can walk before you can go home.

Day or two post-surgery

After an incisional hernia repair, your doctor should recommend that you get back on your feet the next day. Soreness and swelling might be a problem in the first couple of days.

One to two weeks after surgery

Depending on the location of your incisional hernia, you’ll probably be back to your regular routine by the time you have a follow-up visit with your doctor at the two-week mark.

Femoral Hernia

This is the least common type of hernia and needs to be repaired almost immediately. This type of hernia can damage or even kill off a portion of your bowels. It typically appears in the groin or thigh. The surgery can be performed either traditionally or laparoscopically.

First few hours after surgery

Most patients are allowed to go home the same day with femoral hernia repair. Depending on the location of the hernia, your doctor might want you to urinate before you leave. Also, you’ll need to be able to walk.

Day or two post-surgery

You’ll experience soreness and possibly some swelling. It’s recommended that you try to get up and about in the first couple of days, but limit your physical activity.

Two weeks after surgery

At the two-week point, you should be able to resume a small level of normal activity, such as returning to work.

Six weeks after surgery

Due to the nature of your surgery, it might take up to six weeks to fully heal and get the all-clear from your doctor.

Umbilical Hernia Repair

This is a hernia that appears at the location where you once had an umbilical cord, or at your belly button. It’s most common in infants, and you may see them in obese patients.

If you’re an adult with this type of hernia, you’ll probably be able to return to work within two to three days, although you need to wait four to six weeks for a full recovery.

Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia can occur when the opening between the muscle for the abdomen and the diaphragm is too large. A part of the stomach will break through this area creating a hernia. This type of hernia repair is always done in an inpatient setting and requires traditional surgery.

Day one to three

After your surgery, you’ll likely spend a minimum of three days in the hospital. You’ll wake up with a nasogastric tube that will likely need to remain in place for a couple of days.

Weeks one and two

You may need to stay in the hospital for up to 10 days. Once home, you’ll need to rest and only resume lite activity.

Weeks three and four

You’ll slowly begin to resume your normal activities while taking it easy.

Week 12

By 12 weeks, after hiatal hernia repair surgery, you should be fully recovered.

At Orange County Robotic General Surgery, we can repair your hernia and get you back on the road to recovery. If you have other questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

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