If I have my hernia fixed, how long will I be out of work?
Your time away from work after hernia surgery depends very much on the type of work you do, and what your individual pain threshold is. If you have a very sedentary job, sitting at a desk all day, your time away from work might be just a few days. If you do heavy manual labor all day long on your job, and you will not be allowed to take any breaks, you may need to be off work between 4-6 weeks. These estimates are based more on trying to predict how much pain he will have, and not because of the possibility of disrupting the repair. It would be extremely difficult to cough or strain or work in such a way that the repair would be disrupted. It is just a matter of how much pain he might have.
So, if you are someone who can tolerate a lot of pain, and your job is not too strenuous, you may miss little or no time from your job. We always recommend avoiding situations in which you might be vulnerable to injuring yourself if you do have a sudden jolt of pain in the area of surgery. For this reason, you should not be up on a ladder or do any competitive sports for a few weeks after surgery. Also, in order to be sure you are a safe driver, driving is not permitted until you are reasonably comfortable without the use of pain medications.
I had my hernia fixed once, and it came back. What should I do?
Although the risk for recurrence of a hernia is low, there are patients who unfortunately develop a recurrence of a hernia after repair. This can happen whether it is fixed through the “open” technique or through a laparoscopic technique. It can happen just a few weeks after repair, or even 10-20 years later. If a recurrent hernia bothers you in any way, with pain, discomfort, or even just concern about the appearance of the bulge or the sensation of the bulge, another operation is certainly an option. Our surgeons can discuss the options with you. No matter how your hernia was repaired previously, both the open and laparoscopic techniques might be considered. The procedure is sometimes a bit more challenging technically for the surgeon, but one still can expect a very high likelihood of a successful repair the second time around. DeKalb Surgical surgeons are very experienced with hernia repairs, with a combined total of over 100 years of surgical expertise!