I had hernia surgery around 8 or 9 years ago. An incision that size will take some recovery time. The stitches will hold you together but you won't want to move for a while and you will need some painkillers for the first couple of days.
I would strongly suggest that you take as much rest time as possible. Get a pile of books and settle in for some TV because, in my case, I found even getting up to sit at the computer hard to do for a few days. And you don't want to take the chance of opening the same hernia again by straining yourself before you've had adequate time to heal. Don't try to be a tough guy or you'll end up under the knife again.
PS. The reason I needed hernia surgery was that I had just had gall bladder surgery (which was easy by the way) but a week later I had a huge sneeze that opened up the surgery area and gave me a hernia. Ah-choo!!
Everything I know about hernias I learned from Bill Cosby ("My Hernia" on When I Was a Kid; a hilarious tale of Bill impressing his friends). He says that when he first tried to get out of bed after the operation, nobody had told him that someone had stapled his leg to his stomach.
I had a similar hernia (sports hernia, they call it) on my left side. The surgery is, of course, unremarkable since you're out of it, naturally, while it's going on.
The un-fun part is afterwards. I wouldn't say it's the "worst ever" but I've had many, many sports-related injury surgeries including:
Broken Tibia/Fibula Right Leg - Titanium Rod Insertion Right Knee Arthroscopy Left Ankle Surgery Left Ankle Surgery (large incision up the back near the Achilles)
I'd say that other than the Broken Leg surgery, the Hernia one was the most painful the first day or two afterwards (not to scare you but I'm known for being fairly stoic and I found the first day or two rather unpleasant, pain-wise). If you keep up on your meds and don't even THINK about moving around, you should be fine.
The toughest thing was
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that you really can't do any straining in that area so if you have any bowel movements it's terribly tricky, even with the laxatives - that was the thing I remember most about the experience
. The initial scar tissue felt weird (like a small hardened catepillar under your skin) but it gradually smooths out over time.
I wish you the best of luck and healing with your surgery.
When I die I want people to look at the condition of my games and say, "Man, he really played these alot."
And you don't want to take the chance of opening the same hernia again by straining yourself before you've had adequate time to heal. Don't try to be a tough guy or you'll end up under the knife again.
This +1. IIRC, my doctor said nothing heavier than a gallon of milk.
I had double hernia surgery (both sides) one year ago. I tore myself pretty catastrophically when doing some high speed running on a track. Behold, the ravages of age.
After the surgery there was approximately 2-3 days of feeling like I had been kicked in the crotch by a steel shod Mother of All Mules.
After that, recovery was pretty fast. I back up to running five miles within two weeks after the surgery.
Now... a year later I can sometimes, if I turn just the wrong way, feel the mesh inside me. Its weird... almost imperceptable, but not the same as before. Not painful or uncomfortable. Just weird. It's sort of like having a scar inside that now I'll live with forever.