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Activity restrictions after hernia surgery

updated 2/22/2022

First week

Confine yourself to home, rest, but don't stay in bed. Don't get behind the wheel of a car.

First Month

No exertion. No lifting more that 15 lbs. No stretching exercise. No excercise or activity more than causal walking. That is walking with your mother.

Do not submerge your wound in a tub, pool, spa, ocean or lake for two weeks. Just Shower which you may start the day of surgery.

Sex is okay in two weeks. No rough stuff.

After one month

No restrictions

The purpose of restricting activity during your recovery from hernia surgery is to maximize comfort, minimize complications and ensure optimal long term results. We advise different levels of activity restriction during the first week and during the first month.

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