The recovery depends on where the hernia was located, the surgical technique and how large the hernia was. It is desirable for the patient to become mobile as soon as possible after the surgery.
If the hernia was large, a truss is worn for 4–6 weeks following the surgery, otherwise there are no limitations on how much the patient can lift.
The surgical wound is closed with stitches that either dissolve themselves or are removed. Following a hernia operation, the patient is off work for 1–3 weeks.