This is open surgery to repair the hernia.
A skin incision is made the region of the hernia and the weakness is identified and repaired. Mesh is placed and fixed into place which makes the area of the weakness strong. The wound is closed with absorb-able sutures that do not need to be removed.
You will need to avoid heavy activity for 6 weeks. This allows the repair to become solid.
Light duties are required after this operation. This means NO heavy lifting. Carrying a cup of tea or coffee is OK. Carrying out the washing to hang on the line, mowing the lawn, or doing the house work should be avoided for a period of 4 weeks to ensure adequate wound healing and strengthening. A guide is lifting the 3 kg milk container – avoid for 4 weeks. Heavier physical activities, such as returning to the gym or competitive sports, should not resume until 6 weeks after the operation.