The recovery period for a hernia operation is about three weeks for open surgery and about four days for laproscopic surgery, according to WebMD and Rhode Island Hospital. The majority of patients return home on the same day as the surgery, notes WebMD.
Patients are able to drive about two weeks after open hernia surgery and can engage in sexual intercourse about three weeks after surgery. Doctors recommend waiting about six weeks before engaging in strenuous exercise, notes WebMD. A surgeon performing open surgery makes a single large incision while the patient is under local, spinal or general anesthesia. A surgeon performing laparoscopic surgery makes several small incisions while the patient is under general anesthesia.