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Dos and don'ts after a hernia surgery for a fast recovery

Goficure - Blog Page - Dos and don’ts after a hernia surgery for a fast recovery (Blog Post) Last Updated April 27, 2024

Overview

A hernia repair surgery is done to push the hernia or the bulging tissue back into its original place. It repairs the weak muscles and connective tissues. The surgeon may use a supportive mesh to hold and strengthen the weak tissues in their place.

Sometimes, a hernia does not need immediate surgery. Instead, you may follow the “watchful waiting” strategy for minor symptoms.

In many cases, especially in inguinal hernia, the symptoms may worsen within a few years and will eventually need surgical treatment. An emergency surgery may be needed if the hernia is strangulated which can be life-threatening.

What is the recovery time after hernia surgery?

The recovery time depends on several factors:

Type of hernia

The type and location of the hernia. Inguinal hernia surgery has fewer complications and a faster recovery rate.

Surgery type

Recovery in minimally invasive procedures like laparoscopic or robotic surgery is relatively quicker than open hernia surgery.

Overall health condition

Ideally, a healthier person will recover faster than someone who has underlying medical conditions like diabetes or any other diseases.

Age

Younger people recover faster compared to elderly patients.

Postsurgical care

Recovery also depends on how well you have followed the postsurgical instructions and have taken adequate rest.

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Dos – Things to do for a faster recovery

If you have undergone a laparoscopic surgery, you can go home the same day.

An invasive surgery or an open hernia surgery may need hospitalization for a few days. You may return to your desk job within 7 to 15 days. Returning to physically active work may take a longer time depending on the type of hernia surgery and your overall health and recovery.

Recovery is faster if you take adequate rest, follow aftercare instructions, and take your medications on time.

Follow post-surgical instructions

Make sure that you follow the medical advice regarding wound care and other recovery instructions. Visit your doctor for your follow-up appointment for a routine check on your recovery progress.

Take adequate rest

Take time off from all activities for 24 to 72 hours. Give enough time for your body to heal and avoid straining the incision site.

There is no need to be on full bed rest. Taking short walks promotes blood circulation, helps in digestion, and prevents body stiffness. Office work can be resumed after getting clearance from your doctor.

Pain management

Take your medications as directed. Some pain medications may cause nausea. The doctor may prescribe anti-nausea medications to lessen the discomfort. Take your NSAIDs as directed to reduce inflammation.

Keep your body moving as it lessens post-surgical hernia pain.

While resting, keep a pillow against your incision site for support.

Apply ice packs or cold compresses to reduce pain and swelling.

Take care of your mental health

Some people may experience surgery-related anxiety and fear which can slow down the healing process. Distract yourself by listening to music, watching television, or finding a hobby.

Certain relaxation techniques like breathing exercises or meditation can help reduce anxiety.

Wound care

Keep the incision site clean to avoid bacterial growth and infections. The sterile bandage should be dry at all times. Change the bandage every 24 hours.

While bathing, do not scrub the incision site. Gently dry the incision area with a soft, clean cloth.

Healthy diet

A healthy and balanced diet promotes healing. Include high-fiber foods like oats, whole grains, leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, and fresh fruits in your diet. This will reduce constipation and help in easy movement of bowels.

Add vitamins C and B, iron, low-fat proteins, and essential minerals to your diet. Increase your fluid intake to help in urination and passing of stools.

Physical activities

Avoid driving for a few days after surgery. Take brisk walks to speed up the healing process.

After the initial recovery process, resume certain exercises like stretching or light yoga to strengthen and tighten the core muscles. Consult your doctor and the physical instructor about the exercises that are beneficial to your condition. Avoid running, bicycling, or heavy workouts.

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Don’ts – Things to avoid for faster recovery

There are certain activities that you should avoid for a speedy recovery:

  • Take over-the-counter pain medications without consulting the doctor
  • Quit taking medications without discussing it with the healthcare provider
  • Using scented soaps or alcohol wipes on the incision site
  • Engage in contact sports
  • Picking things up from the floor
  • Lift heavy loads for a few weeks until full recovery

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Final words

Recovery from a hernia surgery may vary from individual to individual. Most people who have laparoscopic surgery recover within one or two weeks.

Recovery time is longer in open hernia surgery and people may return to light activities within 3 weeks and full recovery may take up to 6 weeks.

It is also important to prioritize mental well-being along with physical recovery. Take support from your family and loved ones and avoid unnecessary stress.

Dos
  • Avoid sexual activities until full recovery
  • Avoid aerobic exercises
  • Rest and get good sleep for recovery
Don'ts
  • Ignore signs of mental distress
  • Wear tight clothing
  • Smoke or drink alcoholic beverages

 

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