Open Inguinal Hernia Repair (Herniorrhaphy, Hernioplasty)
What To Expect After Surgery
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.
Don't do anything that causes pain. You'll probably be able to drive again in about 2 weeks or when you have no pain in your groin. You can have sexual intercourse in about 3 weeks.
Swelling over the incision is common after hernia surgery. It doesn't mean that the surgery was unsuccessful. Placing an ice pack on the incision during the first 24 hours helps reduce swelling. Call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:
- The incision is noticeably warm and red.
- A testicle is hard and swollen.
- Your wound is bleeding through your bandage.
- You have a fever.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: November 15, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Kenneth Bark, MD - Surgery, Colon and Rectal