Over-the-counter pain relievers may alleviate pain from an abdominal hernia; however, in many cases there is no discomfort. In some cases a truss may hold a hernia in place until surgery can resolve the position of the protruding organ, according to WebMD.
A hernia is a condition wherein an internal organ pushes or protrudes into an area where it does not belong, according to WebMD. Many hernia cases do not produce any symptoms; however, the condition can cause the blood supply to the stomach to be cut off, or for the stomach to be strangled. Because of the impact to the stomach and abdomen, it is common for those with abdominal hernias to experience heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease; however, there is no direct link between having a hernia and experiencing heartburn.
A doctor conducts hernia surgery to reposition the organ tissue and correct any strangulation that may have occurred, explains WebMD. A hernia patient is usually able to walk the day following surgery and resume regular activity within one to two weeks; however, there is no guarantee that the hernia condition is permanently resolved.
The full recovery period may last three to four weeks on an outpatient basis, with regular activity resuming within one to two weeks, states WebMD. A patient typically should not engage in any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for two to three months. Additionally, there generally are no dietary restrictions during the recovery period.