What is the Average Hernia Surgery Recovery Time?

If you’ve been diagnosed with a hernia and you’re wondering how long you can wait to have hernia surgery, your surgeon will likely tell you sooner is better than later. A hernia usually requires surgical repair and does not go away on its own. And, left untreated, hernias can cause serious complications. One of the reasons patients may delay scheduling the procedure is due to their concerns involving hernia surgery recovery time.

At General and Vascular Surgery, as an independent, physician-owned practice, we do all we can to help assuage your fears. Our goal is to encourage the safest recovery possible so you can return to the activities you enjoy.

Questions to Ask About Hernia Surgery Recovery

An African American man makes the most of hernia surgery recovery time, resting on a gray couch with a book on his chest.One of the best ways to ease any worries about having hernia surgery and the healing time involved is to ask your surgeon questions. Take a look at some of the common questions fielded by our GVS surgeons. 

  • How long does it take to recover from a hernia surgery?

For an inguinal hernia (one of the most common types), there are two types of surgical repair options. Open hernia surgery, in which a surgeon utilizes a long incision to push the bulging organ back into place, generally requires a minimum of three weeks to recover. If a laparoscopic hernia repair is performed, recovery is closer to one to two weeks. 

  • Does recovery from hernia surgery with mesh take longer?

No. Hernia mesh is used more often than not in hernia repairs. According to the FDA, only 10% of hernia surgeries were performed without mesh by the year 2000 and after.

  • How long should I wait after hernia surgery to get back to exercising?

While it’s important to move around during the initial post-surgery healing phase to avoid blood clots and other complications, it’s important to allow adequate time to fully heal. When it comes to optimal inguinal hernia surgery recovery time and exercise, four to six weeks is the typical timeline. You should always consult with your doctor prior to performing any strenuous activity.

When Is the Best Time to Schedule Hernia Surgery?

The best way to know when surgical intervention is needed is to schedule a consultation with a skilled and knowledgeable surgeon. Our hernia surgeons perform thousands of hernia surgeries every year, helping patients identify the appropriate time for surgery. Do keep in mind, however, that if you are experiencing sudden and severe pain and/or vomiting, you should seek immediate help. These symptoms could indicate a serious problem.

If you suspect you have a hernia and need to schedule a surgical repair, consult with our physicians now. Or, call us any time with questions at 574-236-1888.

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