A hernia is a common problem affecting the young population. Hence, may of the patients going for hernia surgery have apprehensions about the activity level post-surgery. How long it will take after surgery to go back to normal life. Whether they can exercise after surgery or not? What other activity restrictions will be there after a hernia surgery
This depends on the type of hernia, type of surgery, and any other problems that affect your mobility. It also depends on what is your definition of rest.
Walking a few hours after a laparoscopic Inguinal hernia surgery
Generally, for most of the patients, moving around and getting out of bed can be done within a few hours of surgery. Especially with laparoscopic surgery for Inguinal, umbilical, and not very complex incisional hernias. You can gradually increase your mobility. And can get back to a normal household and office work as soon as they are comfortable, usually with a week. There is absolutely no need for bed rest after hernia surgery. In fact, your recovery will be better and faster if you start moving around sooner after surgery.
There is no restriction for walking, climbing stairs even on the day of surgery. You can walk as much as you want as long as you are comfortable. If you are not comfortable there is no need to push yourself. But walking or climbing stairs is not going to cause any trouble at the site of surgery, even if it is hurting a bit.
Routine daily activities that are not strenuous can be started within a few days after surgery. For females, routine household activities that do not involve lifting weight can be resumed in a few days. Similarly, routine office or desk jobs can be resumed in a few days. Lifting weight more 4-5 kgs, activities that involve repeated bending or sitting on the floor should be avoided for initial 2-3 months. This is more so for patients who had surgery for an incisional hernia, a large umbilical hernia, or a very large inguinal hernia, whether it is open or laparoscopic. Patients who had surgery for an Inguinal hernia or a small umbilical hernia can take a bit more liberty. Generally, for most patients of hernia surgery, their routine daily activity can be resumed in a few days. It is still a good practice to discuss the level of activity permitted to you with your surgeon.
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For a small subset of hernia patients, who have a very large and complex hernia, things may be different. In such cases, surgery may be prolonged for many hours and the surgery is also very complex. Such patients may have a bit more pain after surgery and may take a longer time to feel fully awake after surgery. Also, a very large hernia may cause breathing difficulty after surgery. This may happen due to multiple reasons.
Walking 10 hours after a very complex Incisional hernia surgery
Firstly, in such cases, a large number of intestines and fat reside in the hernia outside of the tummy. When they are pushed inside of the tummy and the tummy wall is repaired with mesh and stitches, it causes an increase in the pressure inside of the tummy. This then pushes the diaphragm muscle towards the chest and hence needs more effort by the patient to fill their lungs with air.
Secondly, the pain of surgery also affects the chest wall muscle movement and hence causes shallow breathing. This can be effectively negated with good pain control.
Thirdly, the general condition of the patient also may affect mobilization after surgery and contribute to breathing problems. Obesity, previous lung or heart disease, and habit of smoking can also add to the breathing problems after hernia surgery. Old age and knee or back problems may also affect mobilization after surgery.
But good planning and optimization before surgery should make the recovery smoother. In such cases, we would evaluate the patients thoroughly for heart and breathing problems. We would also advise the patient to quit smoking and start breathing exercises by spirometry. Finally, a skillful surgery and good pain control after surgery will help you get out of bed early.
For all our hernia patients, we aim to get them back to their normal routine and activity as soon as possible. And that too in as pain-free manner as possible. And as we know, that is exactly what patients expect. This expectation is very easily achievable for Inguinal and Umbilical hernia by a laparoscopic surgery. Many of our patients have been discharged on the same day and were back to work in a few days after laparoscopic surgery. Most of these patients do not report any restriction or pain in their normal activities. Those who want to play a sport or do gym exercises have been able to do that without any problem. We also continue our efforts in improving ourselves with the aim of providing the best outcomes for Laparoscopic hernia surgery.
ADROIT Centre for Digestive and Obesity surgery is based in Ahmedabad. We focus on surgery for hernia. All types of hernia including complex and recurrent hernia are also managed here by a laparoscopic surgery. We are proud of the excellent outcome in our patients after laparoscopic Inguinal and umbilical hernia surgery. There are many reasons why our patients rate us as the best center for laparoscopic hernia surgery in Ahmedabad.