In preparation for hernia surgery, patients are generally asked to not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before the operation. On the day of the operation, the patient arrives and the operation itself typically takes about an hour for the average hernia. After surgery, patients will usually spend about two hours in the recovery room prior to going home. It’s important to note that most of these operations are done as an outpatient basis where the person will usually go home the same day of surgery. In terms of pain after surgery, patients usually have pain for about 2-3 days where they may be taking pain medication. By about one week after surgery, most patients feel pretty good and are able to be up and around and even go back to work.