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How you will feel after a hernia operation will depend on the type, size and seventy of your hernia. A standard hernia operation is a relatively minor procedure but some hernias require longer, more complex surgery.

As hernia operations are either carried out under a local or general anesthetic, you won't feel any pain during the repair procedure. However, when you wake up, you are likely to feel, at least, a little pain and discomfort. Painkillers will help control this in most cases but some people will still find the first few days after the operation very uncomfortable.

Most hernia patients should be able to go home the same day or the day after their operation. However, you may be required to stay several nights in hospital, if doctors think you aren't recovering as well as they would like.

When you do return home, it's important to realise that although you've been discharged from hospital, you're still a long way from recovery. You must take things very easy, and adhere to all the instructions given to you by the doctors and nurses. Advice varies, but typically involves getting plenty of rest, not exerting yourself, eating little and often, and maintaining good hygiene around the wound area.

Full recovery after a hernia operation will take approximately seven to fourteen days. After this period, you should be able to return to normal activities such as walking, moderate exercise and sexual relations. You may recover considerably quicker if you have keyhole surgery.

However, even after a week or two, you should still be careful not to do too much. Overexerting yourself or taking part in contact sports, could aggravate your body before it has completely recovered from the operation. Hernia surgery doesn't make you invincible again. Remember, a high number of hernia procedures are to repair hernias that have been previously operated on.

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