Straightforward surgical hernia repair patients maybe able to go home a few hours after surgery or the next day. For more complex cases a few days stay in the hospital maybe warranted. Typically, most patients feel fine within a few days after the surgery and resume normal eating habits and activities. Strenuous activity and exercise are restricted for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.
Sometimes the complications of hernia repair can include urine retention, wound infection, hydrocele formation (collection of fluid around the testis) and scrotal edema.
The do's and don'ts after hernia surgery include -
You can take walks
Do some stretch exercises
Eat lot of fibre and vegetables
Drink enough fluids
Although the skin wound heals within a week or two the inside tissues take longer to heal and this process can go on for 6 months or more. To avoid recurrence of hernia some precautions for a few months are always advocated and these include:
Avoid lifting heavy weights for a 3 to 4 months
Avoid straining when moving bowels
Avoid running up the stairs
Avoid strenuous exercises