Depending on your occupation, full recovery from hernia surgery may take anywhere from one to six weeks. How soon you can return to work depends on the kind of work you do. If you have a very strenuous job or one that requires heavy lifting, it may take somewhere from 4 to 6 weeks before you can perform your duties without restriction. On the other hand, if you have a desk job, you may be back to work in as little as two to three days. Always ask your doctor for advice on when to return to work and resume your normal daily activities.