Hernias can be complex. Learning more doesn’t have to be.

Here are some guidelines to help you get back to your daily activities:

A hernia repair is generally an outpatient surgery – meaning that most patients can go home on the same day of their operation, though some patients may have to stay in the hospital for a few days.

Returning to an active lifestyle is often possible for most patients, but there are several guidelines your doctor may tell you to follow to help you prevent a hernia in the future. Be sure to check with your doctor to discuss your own risks and limitations after surgery. The first question most people ask is:

"How long will recovery from a hernia repair take?"

Recovery varies from person to person, but strenuous activity should be avoided for 4–6 weeks.1

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