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What can I expect after umbilical hernia surgery?

Following surgery, pain management is usually the highest priority for the recovering patient. Walking, usually 20 minutes a day or less, is known to help reduce pain and reduce the risk for complications. Avoid engaging in vigorous physical activities for 4 to 6 weeks. Avoid lifting anything heavier than 10 pounds. If your job does not involve manual labor, you can probably return in 2 or 3 days.

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