Hernia Recovery

Surgical hernia repair patients who can go home in a few hours after surgery or the next day. For more complex cases a couple of day of stay in the hospital maybe imperative. 

Precautions Before Hernia Surgery

There are certain precautions or preparations that you need to know if you are going to face hernia surgery. The most important of them all include:

  • You should not eat or drink after midnight on the last night before you reach the hospital.

  • Stop taking any anti-inflammatory drugs for at least 10 days prior to the schedule time of surgery. Often these drugs can interfere with the blood's potential to clot and can actually enhance the amount of bleeding during and after surgery.

  • If you're on any drugs - encompassing over the counter drugs – always inform your doctor about it and ask whether or not you should take that medication. 

  • You should have a transportation standby to and from the hospital. Everyone reacts uniquely to even simple surgical procedures and there's no way to know how you'll be reacting after the surgery. So, following surgery, you will be instructed not to drive.

Precautions After Hernia Surgery

Sometimes the hernia repair may lead to urine retention, infection, hydrocele formation and scrotal edema. Few precautions may include: 

  • You can have strolls 

  • Can perform some stretch exercises 

  • Eat lot of fiber and vegetables

  • Drink more than average fluids

  • Although the skin injury heals within a week or two the inner part may take longer to heal which may take 6 months or more. 

  • Avoid lifting heavy weights for minimum of 3 to 4 months

  • Quit smoking 

  • Avoid straining when bowel movement 

  • Avoid climbing up and down the stairs

  • Avoid strenuous exercises

  • Don’t stand for a long time

  • Treat cough and cold without fail

Recovery after Hernia Surgery

Aftercare will depend on the invasiveness of the surgery, type of therapy; the type of anesthesia; the patient's gender, age; and general medical back ground. After the procedure, the person will be carried to the recovery area of the surgical center, where nurses will check the patient for signs of excessive bleeding, acute pain, infection, or shock. Hernia repairs are generally done on an outpatient hence the patient can go home within a few hours of the surgery. 

The nurses will instruct the patient on incision care.  The specific guidelines will depend on the type of surgery and the process the incision was closed. Sometimes a see-through dressing is put on the wound that the patient can detach about three days after the surgery. It may be imperative to keep the dressing dry until some healing has done. Very small incisions can be sealed with Steri-strips rather than sutures. 

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