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Do’s and Don’ts after Inguinal Hernia Surgery

A hernia is a common health condition caused due to pressure on the weak abdominal muscles. This pressure pushes a tissue or an organ through an opening to another connective muscle.

It is a common medical ailment that we can treat either with medications or with surgery. Inguinal hernia is the most common type of hernia where a bulge is visible on either side of the groin. If you see any symptoms of inguinal hernia, you must consult a doctor immediately. A neglected hernia can create serious health problems.

Types of Inguinal Hernia

Inguinal hernias are of four types. They are as follows-

  • Direct Inguinal Hernia
  • Indirect Inguinal Hernia
  • Strangulated Inguinal Hernia
  • Incarcerated Inguinal Hernia

The most common types of hernias that you can develop are direct and indirect inguinal hernias.

What are the surgeries for Inguinal Hernia repair?

When you develop a hernia, you should opt for surgery as it is a quick process to get rid of it. Open hernia surgery and laparoscopic surgery are the two different types of hernia repair surgeries.

In open hernia repair surgery, we identify the hernia sac with a cut in the pubis. The surgeon then pushes the sac into the abdomen and stitches the area to strengthen the abdominal wall. It is a quick surgery, and most patients can return home the same day.

In laparoscopic hernia repair surgery, we give general anesthesia in the first stage, so you will not feel the pain during the surgery. The surgeon then uses a telescope-like thin instrument called a laparoscope, which has a small video camera at the top. We insert it through a small surgical cut near the belly button and cover the defective area with mesh. This surgery takes less recovery time.

What happens after surgery?

About an hour after the hernia repair surgery, your doctor may ask you to get up. Men face difficulty while urinating for a few hours, but it becomes easy with a catheter.

After the surgery, you need to follow and avoid some things like:

Do’s

  • Shower 24-48 hours after surgery.
  • Walking is very necessary to keep your body fit. Hence, walk daily in slow motion without straining your abdomen muscles.
  • You can return to your regular diet and consume any food.
  • Take your medicines regularly as prescribed by the doctor.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Don’ts

  • Don’t stress your body. Rest whenever you feel tired.
  • Avoid lifting heavyweights.
  • Wash your hands every time you touch your wound, as putting dirty hands on the incision can lead to infection.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothes because they may irritate the wound.
  • Instead of having largE meals, try to have small frequent meals.
  • You may have your first bowel movement in between 1-10 days after the surgery. Hence, there is a high chance of getting constipated. Have meals that can help you to avoid getting constipation.
  • You can ride a car, but you should remember that car jerks can make the wound worse.
  • If you face any serious issues, call the doctor immediately. Neglecting can worsen the wound.

How to prepare for inguinal hernia repair?

The moment you see any symptoms of a hernia, you should immediately consult a doctor. The doctor, if needed, will provide you with the referral of a surgeon. You should always carry a list of your prescriptions and the medications you take to your doctor.

Also, it is crucial to make sure which medicines you need to stop before the surgery. You can even consult with your doctor regarding the procedures and your medical condition. The doctor may recommend you stop eating on the night of your surgery. It’s better to book a cab beforehand to avoid walking after the surgery.

Conclusion

Surgeries are often the safest and the quickest method to get rid of hernia. Most people return home the same day they get their surgery. But it is necessary to follow the doctor’s prescription and consult if any problem arises, either before or after the surgery.

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