HERNIA INSTITUTE OF PENNSYLVANIA
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INGUINAL HERNIAS

RETURN TO WORK GUIDELINES

The repair of Inguinal, Umbilical and many Incisional Hernias at the North Penn Hernia Institute utilizes advanced repair methods designed not only to minimize post operative pain, but to also allow a more rapid return to Normal Activity. Our "Benchmark" approach to TENSION FREE repair does not cut or pull muscle together under tension. This therefore permits a more rapid resumption of both work and recreational activity.

Unless otherwise stated by your physician, the following are general "Guidelines" after most hernia repairs performed at the North Penn Hernia Institute. Specific variations on a patient-to-patient basis may be anticipated in some cases.



  • TYPE A-SEDENTARY JOB DESCRIPTION

    [ie: Desk, counter or computer related employment (standing or sitting), retail sales (involving no lifting over 50 pounds), short distance driving]

    *Most patients with SEDENTARY employment can safely and comfortably return to work in one (1) week or less following routine hernia surgery at NPHI. By this time, residual pain is usually minimal and is often successfully managed using non-prescription pain medication such as Advil, Motrin, or Tylenol. Employment activity can be expected to be essentially normal and without restrictions by this time-frame.

  • TYPE B-LABORERS-Light to Moderate Physical Activity

    [ie:Delivery Personnel, Maintenance workers, Light Construction, Retail Sales (requiring lifting 50-80 pounds regularly), Manufacturing, Plumbing and Heating, Mechanics etc. ]

    Patients in this category can be expected to return to full employment without restrictions in 10 days to 2 weeks following surgery. If available, return to work with restrictions for light duty should be considered at one (1) week. Many non-contact athletes fall into this category as well.

  • TYPE C-HEAVY LABORERS-Frequent heavy physical activity required

    [ie: Heavy Construction (lifting over 80 pounds regularly), Climbing necessary (ie Steeplejacks, Contact Sports Athletes]

    Patients in this category may require 2-3 weeks of recuperation to return to both a safe and comfortable work-place without employment restrictions. If available return to light activity in one (1) week, or moderate activity in two (2) weeks should be considered.

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