Surgical Site

Swelling at surgical sites is normal; this will certainly often feel like a firm ridge. Ab bloating is widespread. Bruising and also funny colors are normal and also will fade over the initially week. It is common for swelling of genital locations and also fluid build-up in the groin after hernia surgery; periodically this deserve to feel firm favor a lump.

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Rotate ice packs or bags of frozen peas to assist with swelling, as much as 15 minutes per hour, for initially 3 days.

Wound Care

If you have actually glue on incisions, this is waterproof and you may shower. If you have actually bandage(s), keep dry for three days, after which you may shower and change the dressing(s) day-to-day with dry gauze and tape. It is OK to shower through your dressing(s) on, yet do not leave a wet dressing in location - change it after that. No baths or submerging incision(s) in pool/lake till debated at your post-op visit.

Keep incision(s) dry. Avoid excessive perspiration. Do not apply lotions, ointments, or creams.


Climbing stairs is OK. Walking is encouraged. When able, it is OK to walk for exercise, for distance, or on a treadmill. No strenuous activity, lifting over 20 lbs, sex-related intercourse, or various other develops of exercise at least till your post-op visit. Based on your particular surgical procedure, these restrictions may/may not hold for a longer duration of time; to be addressed at your post-op visit. For complicated hernia patients, wear your binder.

Although it is OK to be a passenger, you might not drive or run a auto while taking narcotics. Make sure to acquire out and stretch your legs eincredibly hour if going on a lengthy trip within 30 days of your surgical treatment.

Urinary retention (especially after laparoscopic groin hernia surgery):

More common in men than women, occurs If you cannot urinate and also end up being uncomfortable because of bladder distention, you may should go to an Urgent Care or an ER to request a urinary catheter be put and also to go residence with the catheter.Call us in the AM on the following service day if you compelled a catheter, and we will overview you from tbelow.

Pain and also Discomfort

Over-the-respond to drugs occupational well for postoperative pain. A excellent strategy is alternating Ibuprofen (if not allergic and also not taking other blood thinners) and also Acetaminophen. You will certainly also be gave a prescription stamina pain medication to usage as essential. Using multiple classes of pain medication is even more efficient than specifically making use of narcotics. Remember that narcotics cause constipation* (view below).


Clear liquids just for 24 hrs. Slowly advancement diet from there, being mindful of constipation.

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Battling Constipation

Restrict diet to clear liquids for 24-36 hrs. Take Colace 100 mg twice a day. Take 6 oz. prune juice 2-3 times a day. Take Miralax as directed when a day. If pain is not major, limit narcotic usage. If no BM after 3 days, soptimal narcotics and take a suppository; if no outcome, administer a Fleet enema. Helpful analogy: the GI tract after surgical treatment is favor a sink that is not yet draining – it will accommodate a particular amount of water (dietary intake by mouth) before overflowing (vomiting); when the sink is draining (passing gas or BM), one deserve to fill it through more and even more water (have the right to advance and also boost dietary intake).

Call Your Doctor If Experience:

Fever higher than 101 degreesSpanalysis rednessExcessive swellingMore than minimal bleeding or drainage from incision(s)If you had actually to go to ER for a urinary catheter