What should I expect after hernia surgery?
Following the operation, you will be transferred to the recovery room where you will be monitored carefully until you are fully awake. Depending on the timing of surgery and your recovery, you may be able to be discharged home on the day of surgery. Alternatively, you may require an overnight stay.
With any hernia operation, you can expect some soreness. This will be mostly during the first 24 to 48 hours. You are encouraged to be up and about the day after surgery. Most patients can get back to normal activities within a short amount of time.
These activities include showering, driving, walking up stairs, lifting, work and sexual intercourse. A follow-up appointment will generally be made for between 2 and 8 weeks after your operation.
If you have prolonged soreness and are getting no relief from the prescribed pain medication, you should notify either your own GP or the hospital. similarly, if you begin to have fever, chills, vomiting, are unable to urinate, or experience drainage from your incisions, you should call the hospital immediately.