The standard recovery time for hernia repair is 1 to 2 weeks according to University Hospitals Case Medical Center. However, it is important for patients to keep in mind that studies have found that patients do not experience lower levels of pain and fatigue until about 7 days after the procedure.
Patients should not expect to feel relief from the surgery until a week after the surgery has been completed. During the recovery process, there will be pain at the incision site. There might also be pain around the chest or shoulders area that should resolve within 36 hours. This pain is due to the gas that opens the stomach region for the surgery, notes Rhode Island Hospital. Patients should receive guidelines at the end of their surgery for specific diet, activity and incision care take-home instructions.