Charting Roadmap to Recovery Post a Hernia Surgery
September 14, 2016
A hernia occurs due to the weakening of abdominal muscles, which often results in muscle tears or bulges. Further, the abdomen inner lining pushes through the already weakened area resulting in the formation of a sac. Inguinal Hernias (hernias affecting the inguinal canal) cause unbearable pain and can make it difficult for patients to dispense their daily activities.
Studying the common signs
An inguinal hernia is easy to detect, and patients may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms.
- Prominent bulges around the groin/pubic region that grow in size when patients cough or stand up
- Patient’s’ skin becomes red and soft
- An abnormally swollen scrotum (in men)
- Uneasiness around the groin area
Patients who experience such symptoms must see their doctor immediately. Doctors run different tests to diagnose the cause of the problem and may even recommend a hernia surgery to help patients get rid of persistent pain and uneasiness.
Ensuring speedy recovery
Hernia surgery is the primary treatment recommended to patients. According to a study, 6,00,000 patients undergo the procedure every year. Hernia surgery wounds and incisions require time to heal, and patients should get adequate rest to ensure speedy recovery. Performing physically strenuous activities such as climbing stairs, or following a strenuous exercise regime is a strict no to ensure full and proper recovery. The blog mentions other guidelines for patients to avoid post-surgery complications and inconveniences.
Avoid smoking and increase water intake
It is imperative for patients to increase their water intake to ensure proper bowel movements that help in avoiding constipation and other post-surgical complications. Nicotine can interfere with this process and cause dehydration like symptoms. Further, smoking can also cause infection in the surgical incisions and patients need to give up this habit for at least six to eight weeks post surgery.
Clean the wound regularly
Patients need to clean the surgically repaired area at regular intervals to avoid any risk of contracting an infection. They can use a clean sponge/towel to clean the incision and should cover the wound when performing any activity that can strain the area. Individuals who experience swelling around the incision can use an ice pack to manage the discomfort. Taking a bath is a strict no for at least a couple of weeks from the date of surgery; however, patients are allowed to have showers 36 hours post surgery.
Follow a disciplined diet
Patients need to slowly increase their intake of fruits and vegetables rich in fiber to ensure proper bowel movement. Consuming fibrous food items such as beans, whole grains, fruits, and leafy vegetables can also help alleviate pain post surgery. Further, patients need to limit their intake of dairy products to avoid constipation.
Follow a light exercise regime
Patients need to manage their weight to avoid further complications without stressing the body during the recovery phase. To achieve the dual objectives, patients should try following a light exercise regime that includes walking, breathing activities, light abdominal exercises (if there’s no pain), and lifting the knees in an upward direction and shoulders off the ground. These exercises help in strengthening the abdomen muscles and also increase fresh oxygen supply in the body, therefore, speeding-up the healing process.
Resuming normal routine
Patients need to avoid lifting objects that exceed 10 pounds in weight for at least a couple of weeks after the surgery. Further, individuals who have a sedentary job may return to work within a week or two, however, for those whose job involves heavy lifting, the period can stretch to several more weeks depending on their condition and the level of comfort. Further, patients can start driving 48 hours post surgery on condition they’re no longer on painkillers. Activities such as swimming and diving can stress the incision and patients need to avoid them during the recovery phase.
*Note: The period can vary for patients depending on their condition, medical history, and the level of discomfort they experience while dispensing their routine activities. It is, therefore, advisable that patients consult a specialist before resuming their daily routine.
Wish you a speedy and safe recovery
Following the above guidelines helps patients avoid hassles and complications during and after the recovery stage. Patients can’t afford to miss out on follow-up sessions post surgery to help the doctor keep a track of their condition. Last but not least, patients need to choose an experienced provider such as Perth Surgical and Bariatrics. We believe in providing the best care to all our patients and specialize in conducting hernia repair surgeries in Perth. Our experts suggest treatment procedures according to the patient’s medical history and needs to help them get concrete and sustainable results. To start on a life free from pain, give us a call on 08 9370 9686.