Most operations are done as a day case. These patients go home once they have recovered from the anaesthetic. Anyone who has a general anaesthetic will need to arrange for a friend or relative to drive them home and stay with them for the next 24 hours.
A general anaesthetic can temporarily affect co-ordination and reasoning skills, so we advise patients to avoid driving, drinking alcohol or signing legal documents for 24 hours. Before discharge, we will provide detailed advise about caring for the wound. We usually use invisible wound stitches so there will be no need for stitches to be removed. An appointment for clinic review will also be made (usually around six weeks later).
Whether recovering from open or laparoscopic surgery, it will be necessary to take it easy for the first two or three days. We will give you specific advice about resuming normal activities. In general you should be able to move around freely but should avoid strenuous exercise and lifting for at least the first few weeks. Most people continue to experience some discomfort for a few weeks after surgery, but this will gradually settle.
In experienced hands, the long-term success rate for surgery is high with a less than 5% risk of the hernia coming back again.