Hernia Repair and Recovery

Methods of Hernia Repair

The OU Physicians Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive and Hernia Surgery specializes in laparoscopic procedures to repair most hernias. During this type of surgery, several small incisions are made in the abdomen instead of one large one, minimizing the risk of infection and shortening recovery time.

After the incisions are made, the surgeon inserts a thin tube with a tiny camera so he or she can inspect the area for repair. Thin surgical instruments are used to close the torn area in the abdominal wall, and a mesh liner is added to give it additional strength.

For some hernias, an open surgery is more beneficial. This requires a single long incision in the abdomen to repair the torn area so the surgeon can properly place the intestines behind the abdominal wall and then repair the hole in the muscle.

Your surgeon will determine which method is most appropriate for your condition, allowing you to return to your daily routine as quickly as possible.


Because we utilize minimally invasive surgical methods for most procedures, most patients are able to leave the hospital the day of the surgery. Many are able to resume normal activity within a few days of their procedure, with exercise and more intense activity possible within a couple of weeks.

Recovery may take longer for those requiring an open surgery. Most open surgery patients can expect to leave the hospital the same day as the procedure and can resume normal activity around three weeks after surgery. Exercise and more intense activity can begin approximately six weeks after the procedure.