General and Gastrointestinal Surgery

Recovering from Laparoscopic Hernia Repair: Patient Guide

Recovery overview

You will go to the recovery room after your operation.  It will feel as though the operation hasn't been done yet, since you will not recall the time you were asleep. 

You will have discomfort at the site of the surgery and possibly in your shoulders and chest. The latter is from the gas used to expand your abdomen during the procedure. This discomfort may last up to 36 hours.  Lying with your feet higher than your head will help to resolve that discomfort. 

You may also experience nausea from the anesthesia.  That, too, will resolve within 24 to 36 hours.  After the first 24 to 36 hours you will feel better and better each day.  By the third to fourth day you should be ready for all your normal activities