How much should I be walking after hernia surgery?
Walking a little bit after your hernia surgery can go a long way so keep it to a few brief 5-10 minute sessions per day for the first week or so after your surgery.
Is it OK to walk around after hernia surgery?
There are no medical or physical restrictions on activity after surgery. That means it is OK to walk, climb stairs, lift, have sexual intercourse, mow the lawn, or exercise as long as it doesn’t hurt. In fact, returning to normal activity as soon as possible will most likely enhance your recovery.
Is bed rest necessary after hernia surgery?
After surgery, you should have a responsible adult stay with you for 24 hours to monitor you for possible complications. Make sure to get plenty of rest, as adequate sleep will help you heal quicker. If you need to move, cough, sneeze or stand, apply gentle pressure to the affected area before and during the movement.
How do you sleep after hernia surgery?
At first you may need to rest in bed with your upper body raised on pillows. This helps you breathe easier and may help lessen post-surgery hernia pain. Cold and Heat: Both cold and heat can help lessen some types of post-op pain.
How long does a hernia surgery take?
The operation usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete and you’ll usually be able to go home on the same day. Some people stay in hospital overnight if they have other medical problems or live on their own.
When should I start walking after hernia surgery?
Resting after surgery is important, but walking after open hernia repair is actually recommended. In the days following your surgery, you can start walking around as soon as you are able.
How long does it take to fully recover from a hernia operation?
Most people who have open hernia repair surgery are able to go home the same day. Recovery time is about 3 weeks. You most likely can return to light activity after 3 weeks. Strenuous exercise should wait until after 6 weeks of recovery.
Is hernia surgery a major surgery?
A hernia repair is a common but major surgery with significant risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options available.
Can I travel by car after hernia surgery?
Our minimally invasive approach to hernia surgery makes it possible for patients to return home the same day as the operation. We recommend waiting at least 14 hours after the procedure to board an airplane or travel long distance, and individuals in recovery should not operate a vehicle.