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Return To Work

After hernia repair surgery at the Hernia Center of Southern California you will be able to rapidly return to normal daily activities. Since we use a Tension Free repair method, there is minimal post operative pain and patients are able to return to work, sports and other normal activities quicker.

This is a guideline to assist you in determining when you can be expected to return to work after hernia surgery. At the Hernia Center of Southern California you will be examined by your surgeon after surgery to determine your individual guideline for return for work.

 

Sedentary Work

This work includes secretarial work, computer work in the office or home. Work involving sitting, standing and walking with lifting less than 20 pounds.

Patients may return to unrestricted work 3 to 5 days after surgery. They will experience minimal pain which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications such as Advil®, Motrin® or Tylenol®.

 

Minimal to Moderately Physical Work

This work includes electricians, plumbers, factory workers, mechanics, and workers in retail stores and laborers who lift 20 to 80 pounds. This does not include stockers who lift repetitively.

Patients can return to unrestricted work two weeks after surgery. They may return to work in one week with a light duty restriction of no lifting over 20 pounds. When you return to work you will experience minimal pain which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications such as Advil®, Motrin® or Tylenol®.

 

Heavy Physical Strenuous Work

This work includes construction workers, road workers, heavy duty mechanics, and retail or wholesale stockers or order pullers who stock orders and load and unload pallet jacks throughout their work day.

Patients can return to unrestricted work four weeks after surgery. They may return to work in one week with a light duty restriction of no lifting over 20 pounds. They may return to work in two weeks with a work restriction of no lifting over 80 pounds and no repetitive lifting. When you return to work you will experience minimal pain which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications such as Advil®, Motrin® or Tylenol®.

 
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