How to Recover From Abdominal Hernia Surgery

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Abdominal hernias are common in individuals that have just had a child or are over weight. The umbilical hernia itself is simply a piece of the intestine that is able to be seen and felt through the skin.

Normally there is a layer of abdominal muscle to hold the intestines in place. Abdominal hernia repair helps to fix the hole or tear in the muscle with a hernia repair mesh.

The first few days after surgery you may feel up to working and continuing life. Here are some tips to help recover from abdominal hernia surgery.

Hernia Complications. Even though most hernia repairs are an outpatient procedure do not drive yourself home. Avoid complications with surgery by taking time to rest. If there is no one to help you at all find local health care providers that offer home care. Have someone from the medical service drive you home, and help you take medications for the next twenty four hours.

Hernia Repair Mesh. Avoid running, light jogging, housework, and climbing stairs for at least three days. You will probably be able to drive a few days after the surgery. Take your time getting in and out of cars, bed, and when using the bathroom. The hernia repair mesh has the greatest chance of staying attached successfully when rigorous activity is avoided.

Loose Clothes. Before the surgery purchase several sets of loose fitting clothing. Skirts, belts, and pants that bind the surgical area will be painful and take longer to heal.

Be Patient. Moving around too fast may result in twinges of pain, reminding you to slow down.

Support Garments. Ask the doctor about medically approved support garments. Traditional girdle and binding agents may be painful and not created for the purpose of helping to heal the hernia.


It may take five to six weeks before you can move around briskly. Other people it may take a few more weeks. Avoid rough romantic situations, rigorous exercises, and tight fitting restrictive clothing.


Go to the doctors office if the umbilical hernia area is extremely painful to touch, discolored, or has discharge.

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