A patient may be able to return to work anywhere from one to eight weeks following hernia surgery, depending on his job. The more physically demanding the work, the longer the wait, according to Ethicon.
An employee with a desk job may typically return to work within one week, but a general laborer may need a few weeks to recover fully, explains Ethicon. The surgeon can help determine the time needed.
Light to moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, helps reduce healing time, even in the first three days after surgery, notes Ethicon. It is important to avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for six to eight weeks, allowing for a full recovery.