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After Hernia Surgery

Immediately after hernia repair surgery, you will wait in a recovery room for the effects of the anesthesia to wear off. This will take about an hour or two.

In some cases, a patient may need to stay in the hospital overnight, especially for a ventral hernia repair.

Before you are discharged from the hospital, your doctor will give you specific instructions about showering, driving, walking up stairs, having sex, lifting, and returning to work. You will also be given a date for a follow-up appointment. A family member or friend will need to drive you home from the hospital.

Your return to normal activities will depend on the severity and type of the hernia you will have repaired. In general, recovery from surgery for a ventral hernia takes longer than recovery from surgery for an inguinal hernia.

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