The typical recovery time for a laparoscopic hernia repair surgery is one to two weeks, according to WebMD. However, a person should only carry on light activities at that point and hold off on more strenuous activities for at least four weeks.
It typically takes about one week for a person to return to pain levels equal to those felt prior to the procedure, reports WebMD. Some patients, including women and people under 60 years old, tend to require longer recovery times. Managing pain and fatigue level for patients remains a concern for surgeons as of 2014. Many patients experience symptoms worse than anticipated after surgery.