I had one that emerged during my time at WOC 93, got it repaired the old-fashioned way that December - open incision, a fairly long recovery, pain at the incision scar for a few years after. The second one was maybe 2005, laparascopic, and a very fast recovery. The doc was a guy with a subtle sense of humor, told me that after a day or two it was very stable and I could do anything I want. Hearing that, I declined to cancel a golf game, during which I recalled what he said: "I could do anything I want." And it was quite apparent that I didn't want to be playing golf then at all! But then a few more days and I was fine. When he took my appendix out a few years later he used the same laparascopy scars. Very satisfactory.
This is the same doc from before. I don't think he offered the choice in 2011. I had no longterm incisional discomfort - maybe a week. All so well forgotten! I'll see what goes tomorrow. I should have done something about this earlier. In late 2016, I was set on a mitral valve repair by laparoscopic surgery at Cleveland Clinic. The surgery ended up being at MGH via an open incision, maybe 2.5" under the right breast. It healed without any undue discomfort etc.
Whew, I'm checking your log for the first time in a couple of weeks, and I see something about a surgery do-over, and I'm thinking "uh-oh, mitral valve again." Glad it's "only" a hernia, but you know the definition of minor surgery: surgery on somebody else.
I'll be joining you under the knife (or laparoscope) on Tuesday, in my case torn rotator cuff. Good luck on yours, wish me luck on mine. Hoping to recover in time for my first WMOC, in Latvia in July.
Yes, good luck, Steve! A work colleague of mine is also having surgery (back), either Tu or Wed. at Newton-Wellesley -- an institution that goes way back with me, eg, internship there '76-7, Boston Marathon days etc. And where I had my first surgery in June, '77. Tuesday's is not a do-over - it's on the other side.
I'd expect you to recover by July if not before, 2-3 months should do...