An inguinal hernia, sometimes known as a groin hernia, is the painful protrusion of your abdominal organs through a weak area in your groin. They are fairly common and occur mainly in men.
Inguinal hernia surgery is available for those suffering from this condition, and involves a laparoscopic surgery, helping to relieve discomfort and prevent further complications.
We’re going to look at some of the things you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to aiding your recovery after inguinal hernia surgery.
Do’s and Don’ts after Inguinal Hernia Surgery
It's important to take care of yourself and follow some simple rules after your hernia surgery. Whilst the surgery itself is relatively routine, recovery after may take a little while. To aid the healing process, here are some things you should and shouldn't do:
- Don’t lift objects heavier than 15 pounds for at least two weeks after the surgery
- Don’t engage in any strenuous activity for at least two to four weeks after your surgery
- Don’t remain sedentary all the time - move slowly for around five to ten minutes multiple times throughout the day
- Do try to get back your usual routine and activities within the first week or two following your surgery, though avoiding any intense exercise or sports
- Do try to pick up your favourite physical hobbies and sports again slowly after four to six weeks
- Do call your doctor immediately if you have any concerns or experience any pain or discomfort
Following your inguinal hernia surgery, you should stick to a healthy, high fibre diet and drink plenty of fluids to avoid constipation and straining your stomach muscles.
Is a hernia operation a serious operation?
Hernia surgeries are common and routine, usually performed as an outpatient operation. As with all medical surgeries and procedures there is always the possibility of some complications, but your medical team can help to explain the process and reassure you if you have questions or concerns.
How long does it take to recover from hernia surgery?
On average, it takes at least six weeks to recover from inguinal hernia surgery. As always though, exact timings will differ for each patient and their individual circumstances, but if you follow the above recommendations and stick to your doctor’s advice you will see and feel improvements within a few weeks.
How painful is hernia surgery?
During the procedure, you will be put under general anaesthetic, so you’ll be unconscious and won’t feel any sensations. There will likely be some pain or discomfort after the surgery when you wake up, but this will be controlled with pain medication provided by your medical team.
How soon can you drive after hernia surgery?
In general, you can expect to drive and perform other similar light activities within two weeks of your surgery. Anything more strenuous and intense is not recommended until about four to six weeks after the procedure.