Females rarely form this type of inguinal hernia. After any hernia surgery, the person should avoid heavy lifting for six to eight weeks or as long as the doctor directs to allow muscle and tissues to heal completely. Intense activity and heavy lifting are restricted for several weeks. Special Considerations for Common Skin Disorders. As this occurs, the bulge of the hernia gradually increases in size. Firm, tender mass; may be enlarging; systemic symptoms or weight loss.