Recovery time after surgery depends on your hernia type, as well as the surgical procedure used to repair your hernia. Most patients experience only mild to moderate discomfort at the site of surgery, and once they are able to tolerate a light snack and move around adequately, they are often discharged with a prescription for oral painkillers.
Patients with more complex hernia repairs may require one or more nights in the hospital where stronger pain medications can be used before they are able to care for themselves.
Once at home, most patients can move around the house in reasonable comfort and eat regular food. The waterproof dressings we use allow most patients to shower on the first day at home. Quite frequently, a laxative is administered early in the postoperative period to jumpstart bowel function after the natural slowdown induced by surgery and anesthesia. By the end of the first week, you will be able to comfortably walk some distance and carry light weights.
During your postoperative visit, the surgeon will remove any suture that is not dissolving, and will answer any questions you may have. By the fourth week after the operation, almost all patients can function normally and can gradually resume strenuous activities, such as manual labor and exercise.
To make an appointment with one of our surgeons at the Beth Israel Hernia Center, please call 212.844.1555.
If you have questions about the Hernia Center and our doctors please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are glad to answer your questions but please do not send pictures of your hernia to the center.