Recovery for open inguinal hernia repair surgery takes up to three weeks, but recovery for laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair surgery takes up to two weeks, according to WebMD. Laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery offers a less painful recovery compared to open inguinal hernia surgery.
Both surgeries use anesthesia to minimize the pain during and after the procedure, states Rhode Island Hospital. After inguinal hernia surgery, the patient must avoid doing strenuous activities but should continue to stay active to help speed up recovery. Both surgeries present some risks, such as infection and damage to internal organs and tissue, but the surgeries are generally considered safe and significantly reduce the recurrence of the hernia, asserts WebMD.