A friend of mine had a hernia op and soon after came down with DVT. Due mainly to inactivity after the op probably . DVT can follow most operations so not by any means a forgone conclusion. It might be worth learning the exercises needed to curtail the chances of getting it.
As Jack said on the first two points, and work depends on what he does, dont make him laugh too much, and you have to buy him things and make him all his favourite foods and keep him well topped up with cups of tea.
Tell your dad the good news is he will have a more defined six pack, and instantaneously feel as he did in his twenties.
Had mine done four years ago, you have to be careful no to strain yourself, especially in the first couple of weeks.I was only off work for a week, but then as a photographer I suppose it was easier for me, as there's no heavy lifting etc!
Biggest surprise was the energy I had back after the op! Didn't realise what a drain on my body having a hernia was!
Had mine done 3 weeks today, had a double one, nothing to worry about.
Was sore for 3 days, driving in 4 days, but I was in discomfort , so let it another 2 days .
The only problem I had was when I helped wife with shopping and picked up a shopping bag,,,,,,,, 2 days of pain
So was advised yesterday, NO HEAVY LIFTING for 3 month. Just have a little discomfort every now and then.
85.000 people have this op a year.
My dad has been exercising and I think he will struggle hugely not being about to cain it at the gym. He wants to see what if anything he can do exercise wise... He was told no work/driving for a month x
I was told I could drive as soon as I could stamp my feet on the floor hard . The only thing I was told was not to drive for 72 hours due to the drugs .
As for work, if he has a desk job I'd say a week, I was at the studio with in 3 days, but was very uncomfortable just sitting there , should have given a week .
Most hernias are sorted out as day-cases, these days BUT I am not sure if umbilicals come in that category. ASSUMING that they use the same sort of technique for umbilical as for inguinal (the common one) hernias they sew a sheet of strong nylon mesh over the tear. The whole thing is pretty strong form the finish of the operation but will be sore for a while. Almost all exercise will involve some kind of abdominal muscle activity so he is probably better off ignoring the gym for a few weeks. He will probably be seen by a physiotherapist before discharge and she or he is the person to ask about return to the gym.
Bit of a late reply I had mine done about 18 years ago when I was a young lad of 22 ,back home within the day spent the best part of two weeks in bed or hobbling around the house didn't drive for nearly a month and 6 weeks off work I went back to work due to being bored stuck at home , the initial pain after he hernia repair was far worse than the discomfort of the hernia I would say it took me a good few months to feel fully back upto strength and still occasionally get a aching pain if I've had a few heavy days at work but worth having it done, for his sake don't make him laugh after the op or give him anything that could make him sneeze the pain can make you feel like you are being ripped in half ,and for the first couple of days don't get out of bed I got up to go to the bathroom a few hours after getting home collapsed on the floor and had to be rescued not funny lying on on the bathroom floor in your undies having your dad and his mates pick you up to put you back in bed ,hope all goes well for him
i had a hernia for 7 years (from 12 to 19 it randomly appeared the same time i hit puberty but dont know if its linked) and doctors refused to do anything about it when i was 12/13/14 because i was young and after so long i stopped going to them the hernia was next to my uterus and felt like a golf ball but when i was pregnant the pressure of a full womb for 8 months must of held it in the correct place and it must of heeled because i haven't had a problem since and its been 4 years nearly
i wish your pop pop good luck with the hernia and just take it easy for a while once its heeled he should be able to do everything as normal
Mine was a major hernia, and I spent 11 weeks hobbling around (6 weeks at home) before I was allowed to drive. It was invasive surgery, and I spent a night in hospital. If possible, get it done through key-hole surgery.