Hernia Surgery RecoveryThe amount of time you require to recover from your hernia repair procedure will depend on a few different factors:

  • The area in which the surgery was performed
  • Whether the surgery was minimally invasive or traditional
  • Your overall state of health

Minimally invasive laparoscopic hernia repair procedures require much less time than traditional open-surgery hernia treatments. At Texas Hernia & Surgical Specialists, Dr. Rick Ngo will provide recommendations and the compassionate care you need to resolve issues with all types of hernias.

Recovery Times for Open Hernia Repair Surgery

After your open hernia repair procedure, or herniorrhaphy, you will typically be released to go home on the same day. This will help you to feel more comfortable during the recovery process.

You can generally resume at least part of your normal activities after three weeks and return to your normal level of activity six weeks after your procedure or when cleared by Dr. Ngo.

Faster Hernia Surgery Recovery for Minimally Invasive Procedures

If you opt for laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery, you will typically require just a week or two to return to your regular level of activity. This is because of the much smaller incisions and the faster healing made possible by these advanced procedures. You will generally experience less pain after your minimally invasive hernia treatment, which is also conducive to a faster recovery time for you.

Necessary Precautions

Dr. Ngo will provide you with the instructions for a proper recovery after your hernia surgery. There are some precautions that you must follow in order to avoid complications. The hernia specialist will advise you against lifting heavy objects and straining your abdominal muscles, as it can lead to hernia recurrence.

You should also refrain from intense workouts or any activity that involves twisting and bending.

Driving is another thing you may have to avoid for some time to prevent sudden movements and straining the treatment areas, which interferes with recovery. Other than this, smoking and alcohol consumption also impair the healing and interfere with the medications.

Sneezing and coughing are also possible factors that threaten to strain the surgical area. You should take regular breaks to move around and balance your sitting and standing.

The provider will inform you when it is safe to resume your normal routine. Until then, you should follow their instructions and prevent complications!

When to See the Doctor

It is important to keep an eye out for potential complications and seek medical attention if you experience a symptom or situation that indicates problems.

Talk to our hernia specialist for severe pain, fever, redness, swelling, drainage, difficulty breathing, chest pain, constant nausea and vomiting, changes in the incision, sudden weakness or numbness, unusual side effects or reactions to medications, hernia symptoms, etc.

Contact Us Today!

At Texas Hernia & Surgical Specialists, Dr. Rick Ngo and our entire team are committed to providing you with the best possible solutions for your hernia repair, general surgery and treatment needs.

We will work with you from the beginning of your treatment until you achieve a full recovery. Give us a call at (888)365-1544 to schedule an initial consultation with us. We look forward to the chance to meet with you.

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