Post-op expectations for inguinal hernia surgery:
- Expect some soreness, mostly during the first 24 to 48 hours.
- Some bruising and swelling is normal around surgical site and genital area; it typically subsides in 1-2 weeks.
- You are encouraged to be up and about the day after surgery.
- With hernia repair, you will probably be able to get back to your normal activities within a short amount of time. These activities include showering, driving, walking up stairs, lifting and working.
- You should be seen in the office for follow-up 1-2 weeks after surgery. Please call and schedule an appointment.
- Apply an ice pack over incision/dressings for 30 minutes, every 1-2 hours, for the first 12-24 hours after surgery, as comfort dictates.
- Remove dressings 24 hours after surgery, if present.
- After dressing off, you may bathe, even if steri-strips present. Gently wash incisions with mild soap and water.
- Do not apply ointment/antibacterial cream to incision.
- Leave dressings off unless drainage noted coming from incision.
- Use prescribed pain medication as directed.
- Ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil as directed on the bottle. AVOID aspirin products.
- AVOID heavy lifting.
- No sports or strenuous activity for at least 6 weeks.
- No dietary restrictions, but try to avoid constipating foods as not to strain.
- Stool softener (Colace, Dulcolax) recommended while using narcotic pain medications or until first bowel movement after surgery.
When to call the office:
- Persistent fever over 101 degrees F (39 C)
- Increasing abdominal or groin swelling
- Pain that is not relieved by your medications
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
- Inability to urinate
- Persistent cough or shortness of breath
- Purulent drainage (pus) from any incision
- Redness surrounding any of your incisions that is worsening or getting bigger
- You are unable to eat or drink liquids