There are two main ways surgery for hernias can be carried out:
- open surgery – where one cut is made to allow the surgeon to push the lump back into the abdomen
- keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery – this is a less invasive, but more difficult, technique where several smaller cuts are made, allowing the surgeon to use various special instruments to repair the hernia
Most people are able to go home the same day or the day after surgery and make a full recovery within a few weeks. The different approaches for each type of hernia are outlined below:
EVIDENCE SUPPORTING OUR APPROACH TO HERNIA SURGERY
RECOVERY FROM HERNIA REPAIR SURGERY
Obviously, recovery times depend on the type of hernia repair you are having done (see above).
In general, however, most people who have open hernia repair surgery are able to go home the same day. Recovery time is about 2 weeks. You most likely can return to light activity after 2 weeks. Strenuous exercise should wait until after 4 weeks of recovery.