Hernia Recovery – Do’s and Don’ts after Hernia Surgery

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B y D r . M a n a s R a n j a n T r i p a t h y H e r n i a R e c o v e r y – D o ’ s a n d D o n ’ t s a f t e r H e r n i a S u r g e r y

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DO’S AND DON’TS AFTER HERNIA SURGERYSURGERY

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But after 7 days or so you’ll probably start feeling better. For several weeks you may feel aches or stretch feel in the groin area while moving. It is normal for men to have bruises on the scrotum and along the penis after the surgery. You are likely to suffer pains for a few days after undergoing . It is also common to hernia surgery feel tired nauseated and as if you have flu or a low fever. In this article we will discuss how we can speed up the process of post-surgery hernia recovery. The type of Surgery Hernia surgery is carried out in two methods: one is the conventional open method and the other the hernia surgery. The conventional method requires an incision in the skin directly over the hernia. The latter surgery takes place with the use of a small telescope known as a laparoscope . The Laparoscopic hernia repair method repairs hernia with very few incisions adjacent to the hernia making minimal invasions. Depending on the type of surgery your hernia surgery

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You will obtain a general idea about your recovery and other related things through this article. However each individual would recover after the surgery at a different pace. Besides as mentioned above it also depends upon the type of surgery you have undergone. Just follow the below-given steps to recover well and as soon as possible. Care yourself at home recovery time would also vary. Recovery time for the conventional open method is comparatively more.

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Here are some common recommendations on what you should and should not do after hernia surgery in order to prevent infection avoid weight gain and coughing and to enhance healing. Do’s and Don’ts after Hernia Surgery Rest: You should rest whenever you feel tired. Showering: You may shower 24-48 hours after surgery depending upon the type of repair you underwent and if your doctor is fine with it. If you have gauze on the Activities

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incisions take it off prior to showering and later pat the incision dry. Consult your doctor regarding keeping your incision dry and if so for how long. Allow the area to heal. After surgery it suggested that you don’t move swiftly or lift anything heavy until you feel completely fine. It would be better if you avoid lifting weights or engaging in sports or strenuous exercises for at least a few weeks. Your engagement in the activities will largely depend on the type of procedures you had for hernia repair. Again make sure to get your doctor’s opinion on resuming exercise routines or sports. Walking: Walking is a healthy decision as it increases blood circulation which in turn speeds healing without straining the abdomen. Working: After 1 to 3 weeks you can most likely return doing light activities.

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You are free to consume a normal diet. But if your stomach seems upset you should try going for bland low-fat food Diet In case your bowel movements aren’t regular after surgery then try avoiding constipation and straining. Also drink plenty of water. Doctors would recommend having a stool softener fiber or a mild laxative. items like plain rice toast broiled chicken or yogurt. Medicines Be careful with medicines. Get a consultation from your doctor on whether you can restart your medicines. He/she shall provide you with instructions about when and which new medicines can be taken by you.

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There will be a dressing over the incision area cut to aid in healing and protecting it. You will get guidelines from Incision care If there’s a skin adhesive or a liquid stitch on the incision leave it there until it falls off. Sometimes you may have strips of tape on the cut. Leave the tape on for a week or until it falls off. Your doctor will advise when to come back to have your stitches removed. Wash the cut daily with warm soapy water. After washing pat it dry. Do not use Hydrogen Peroxide or alcohol as it slows healing. Put a block of ice or a cold pack on the area for about 10-20 minutes. Do this within 1 to 2 hours for the next 3 days or until the swelling goes off. Place a thin cloth between the ice and your skin. your doctor about taking care of this.

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Your pain sustains even after taking medicines Your incision comes open or has got your stitches looseYou find bright red blood- soaked in your bandage In case you notice any of the following call your doctor and seek immediate medical care: WARNING SIGNS AFTER SURGERY You have loose stitches or your incision comes open. Bright red blood has soaked through your bandage. Your stomach seems sick or you cannot drink fluid You find signs of a blood clot in your leg known as a deep vein thrombosis. It may either result in pain in your calf back of the knee thigh or groin or redness and swelling in your leg or groin. You are unable to pass stools or gas.

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You see symptoms of infection. It may be in different forms such as: Excruciating pain swelling warmth or redness Red streaks leading from the incision area Pus draining from the incision A fever 1. 2. 3. 4.

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HERNIA RECOVERY – DO’S AND DON’TS AFTER HERNIA SURGERY

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