Question: What Should You Not Do After Hernia Surgery?

How should I sleep after hernia surgery?

At first you may need to rest in bed with your upper body raised on pillows.

This helps you breathe easier and may help lessen post-surgery hernia pain.

Cold and Heat: Both cold and heat can help lessen some types of post-op pain..

What should I wear after hernia surgery?

You may have some bruising on the scrotum and along the penis. This is normal. Men will need to wear a jockstrap or briefs, not boxers, for scrotal support for several days after a groin (inguinal) hernia repair. Spandex bicycle shorts may provide good support.

When can I remove dressing after hernia surgery?

The new dressing can be left in place for up to 7 days before you need to change it again. Covering your scar for 14 days will ensure the wound has healed completely. If you are in any doubt about wound healing after this time, see your general practitioner (GP) or practice nurse for advice.

Is it OK to sit after hernia surgery?

Avoid sitting for long periods of time, which may increase your risk for blood clots. When sitting, elevate your feet. Slowly begin light exercise, such as walking. This may cause slight discomfort, but if pain increases, stop the exercise.

Why is my stomach bigger after hernia surgery?

It is possible that the repair is still intact and bulging of the mesh causes swelling. Bulging can be the result of an insufficient surgical technique. The problem is more frequently seen after repair of large defects, especially when mesh are used to bridge the defects, and more frequent after laparoscopic repair,,.

How do you poop after hernia surgery?

Stool Softeners (colace & docusate calcium) soften the stool, making it easier to pass. Stool softeners can be most effective if you drink plenty of water throughout the day. Laxatives: Such as Correctol, Ex-Lax, and Senokot make stool move faster through the intestines by irritating the lining of the intestines.

How do you get out of bed after hernia surgery?

Getting out of bedHug your pillows.Roll onto your side.Dangle your feet over the edge of your bed.Use your elbows to raise your upper body.Use your legs to pull yourself into a sitting position.

How long does it take to recover from a hernia operation?

Most people who have open hernia repair surgery are able to go home the same day. Recovery time is about 3 weeks. You most likely can return to light activity after 3 weeks. Strenuous exercise should wait until after 6 weeks of recovery.

What is the fastest way to recover from hernia surgery?

Recovery from hernia surgery is all about supporting the natural healing process. Staying well-rested and stress-free can speed along the healing process as quickly as anything. To make sure you don’t get in the way, do your best to avoid sneezing and coughing for a few days.

How do I know if I damaged my hernia repair?

The symptoms or signs of a torn or ripped hernia mesh implant are similar to mesh failure symptoms, which includes:Bloating and/or an inability to pass stools or gas.Fever when its cause is unknown.Chills, nausea, and/or vomiting.Warm or hot skin where the incision occurred.More items…•

How long will my stomach be swollen after hernia surgery?

Your belly will feel bloated for about one week; you may not be able to close your pants. This will pass as the gas in the abdomen is absorbed.