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.


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.