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This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
After surgery to repair your hernia, you are likely to have pain for a few days. You may also feel like you have influenza (flu), and you may have a low fever and feel tired and sick to your stomach. This is common.
You should feel better after a few days and will probably feel much better in 7 days.
For several weeks you may feel twinges or pulling in the hernia repair when you move. You may have some bruising around the area of the repair. This is normal.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: August 12, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth Bark MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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