Know What to Expect After Hernia Surgery

The road to recovery typically begins right away after surgery. Your recovery will be unique to your situation and the complexity of your procedure. Learn more about the typical recovery times and expectations below.



The Typical ‘Dos and Don'ts’ Post-hernia Repair

Always talk to your doctor about what activities you can do, and those you should avoid, after hernia surgery. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to call your doctor. Below are some instructions your doctor may provide after a hernia repair surgery:1,2,3


  • Follow all instructions provided by your doctor, including taking medications prescribed. 
  • Stay well hydrated and maintain a healthy digestive regimen to avoid constipation (take stool softeners if prescribed by your doctor). 
  • Stay active and take short walks without over-exerting yourself. 
  • Get enough rest to assist in recovery, as you will likely become tired more easily after surgery. 
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes that do not rub your incision.
  • Be sure to care for the incision as described by your doctor. 


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Do not:

  • Lift heavy items – follow specific recommendations from your doctor regarding weight restrictions and their duration. 
  • Submerge your incision in water such as a bath, swimming pool, or hot tub until your doctor gives permission. 
  • Engage in strenuous exercise until your doctor tells you it is okay. 
  • Drive until your doctor says it is okay.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Taking the necessary precautions after hernia surgery can assist in a full recovery to get you back to the activities you love. Each patient will have a different post-operative recovery and activity level. Your doctor will provide guidelines on the activities you can do, and those you should avoid, after hernia surgery. Always call your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. See frequently asked questions below and read more about guidelines for hernia recovery by visiting our blog.

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Symptoms to Watch Out For

Seek emergency assistance immediately if you experience shortness of breath, fever, persistent vomiting or diarrhea, an incision that looks infected, feelings of numbness in your limbs, an increase in pain, or other concerning symptoms. Always call your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

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