Hernia surgery is a common and straightforward procedure. However, like any operation you will need to take some time to recover. A common question that patients have, is when they will be able to return to sport.
Here, you’ll discover everything you need to know about returning to sport after a hernia op.
The danger of returning too early
As desperate as patients may be to get back to sport, going back too early can cause a number of issues.
Derby County footballer, Jack Marriott, has recently revealed his frustration at being off the pitch following a hernia op. The striker has had a turbulent season, causing him to be on and off the pitch due to injury. Speaking out about how not playing was affecting him, he stated it was hard missing games, especially with the pressure of social media.
Players do get frustrated and worry they will be let go if they spend too long with an injury. The trouble is, going back too soon will cause further injury. It could even lead to an additional procedure needing to be carried out. It is extremely important patients recover fully before they return to sport.
How long should you wait before returning to sport?
The exact time you should wait before returning to sport will vary between patients. Sometimes it takes weeks, other times it takes months for a full recovery from a hernia op.
The general guidance is that patients can return to sports within four to six weeks. Several studies have been carried out on athletes to determine the best time to return. One study involving tennis players, revealed five weeks was the ideal time to take off the court. NHL players on the other hand, were recommended to avoid returning for six to eight weeks.
It all depends upon the type of sport you play, the type of surgery carried out and your individual recovery. Your surgeon will give you a better idea of how long you’ll need to take off before you undergo the procedure.
Tips for a successful recovery
If you want to return to sport quickly, it’s crucial you follow your surgeon’s aftercare advice. The more you focus on your recovery, the better.
Initially, you’ll feel a little pain for a few days. This can be treated with rest and over-the-counter pain medication. Try to stay active during the day, taking gentle walks to maintain good circulation.
Be sure to take care of the incision site too. Again, the surgeon will advise you on how to take care of the site for adequate healing. Following the surgeon’s aftercare advice is the best way to return to sport quickly. However, you need to understand that it may take months before you are fully recovered.
If you are concerned about when you will be able to return to sport after a hernia op, or if you have any other questions about the procedure, book a consultation at the Alan Woodward Surgical Group today.