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Billdepends upon what sort of op you are having and what sort of hernia it is.
I have had two open cut ignnuial hernia ops - either side so I am now perfectly balancedThe second one I had under local anaesthetic and my immediate post op recovery was much better without having to get over the residual effects of a general - in either case just make sure they give you sufficiently strong pain killers to help when the anaesthetic wears off otherwis the next couple of days will be very uncomfortabel.- After the immediate pain of open cut surgery wears off - about 48 hours and you feel a little more comfortable (you will know yourself !!) just try a steady walk each day for 4 or 5 days.gently increasing the distance. If the op area has settled down move on to doing a gentle jog in each walk. If there is discomfort - stop!! it's not worth jepordising the recovery but after 7 days or so you should be able to do some light .running and just build up steadily.
I've had an op. for an incisional hernia and after four weeks i'm hoping to start running again. I had a setback after they removed the metal staples from the wound, at one end it burst open again which has delayed my recovery.But from the outset the surgeon said it would take 6 weeks for a full recovery and even with my setback that is still possible.