Treatment and returning to work

The table below gives you a rough guide to the period of convalescence you will need after your operation before you return to work. These times are relate exclusively to operations in which a hernia mesh was used.

If no mesh was used for your operation, the period of convalescence you will require before returning to work will be considerably longer.

Job/activity

Period of convalescence

Light or supervisory activity 1 - 2 weeks
Minimal lifting activity     2 - 3 weeks
Heavy physical work 3 - 4 weeks

The above mentioned period of convalescence are average.
The actual time of convalescence will individually be appointed by your attending physician.

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