Complete recovery from a hernia surgery can take approximately four weeks or longer, states California Hernia Specialists. By the second week, patients are generally capable of returning to work or school full-time while being careful to avoid lifting anything heavier than 20 pounds in weight.
During the third week, patients can engage in more strenuous physical activity, according to California Hernia Specialists. This includes running, yoga and tennis. Pain medication generally is not necessary beyond the second week. By the fourth week, no more restrictions on lifting or athletic activities are present. Occasional pain, swelling and discomfort in the abdomen may persist for weeks or months following surgery and lessen over time.