Following umbilical/ventral hernia repair, you are encouraged to do as much walking as is comfortable. You may climb stairs, taking them one at a time and slowly.
You are not to operate a vehicle while you are taking pain medication. This will interfere with your ability to drive safely. Once you have finished taking pain medication, it is safe for you to drive.
Lifting heavy objects and exercise is okay a week after surgery, but if lifting causes pain in your incision, please stop. If pain persists, call the office and speak with the nurse.