Recovery

 What can I expect after my operation with you

If your operation is at the day surgery centre then Immediately after your operation you will be able to walk out of the operating room into the recovery area, where you will spend about an hour in an armchair.  You will be pain free at this stage.

You will be given something to eat or drink and will be monitored and checked by the recovery area staff. 

When you are ready to leave you will be given a detailed written instruction sheet with emergency contact details, and a supply of pain killers, to use if necessary when the local anaesthetic wears off.  Your surgeon will also see you just before you leave.

You will have a plastic waterproof dressing which you can peel off in a week, and there are no stitches to remove. 

The next day…

 You are likely to have some pain the next day, although people differ widely in what they feel, and some of my patients say they took hardly any or even no pain killers after their op.  It is difficult to predict and does not seem to relate to the size of the hernia or the ‘difficulty’ of the operation.

What is the recovery time?

Your return to normal activity depends upon a number of factors, some of which depend on what you consider ‘normal activity’.

In my experience many patients are able to return to 'office' routines in about five days. Physical occupations, including sport, will take a little longer, in the region of two weeks. 

Detailed instructions

You will be given a detailed instruction sheet telling you about what you can and cannot do afterwards, and I am always available for telephone and email queries.