Patients should wait at least a day after hernia surgery before flying, notes the Cascade Hernia Institute. If the hernias were more serious, the patient may need to wait 2 to 3 days before traveling.
Lifting and straining the abdominal muscles can cause hernias. Hernias can cause nausea, trouble using the restroom and a visible lump. It can take up to 6 weeks for the patient to fully recover. The patients can return home the same night if they live close by, according to the Cascade Hernia Institute. The patient will need to return to the doctor's the next day for a follow-up.