The length of time needed for recovery from hernia surgery depends on whether the surgery was an open repair or laparoscopic procedure. In many cases, patients can return to work in about a week after hernia surgery. Be aware of the following side effects of hernia surgery or possible complications:
- You may experience pain after hernia surgery. ONLY take pain medication recommended by your Florida Hospital physician as aspirin and some other pain relievers can cause post-surgical bleeding.
- The effects of anesthesia can last for up to week, so it’s important not to drive
- You’ll need to keep your incision(s) clean and dry to avoid infection. Your doctor will give you specific bathing instructions.
- Shoulder pain following hernia surgery is usually the result of carbon dioxide used during your procedure that has remained in your abdomen. This pain should decrease over the course of a few days.
- Avoid drinking soda or other carbonated beverages.
While discomfort is normal during hernia surgery recovery, notify your Florida Hospital physician at once if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Fever and/or chills
- Redness, swelling, or bleeding or other drainage from the incision(s)
- Increased pain around the incision(s)
- Difficulty urinating