Hernia Repair

Care After

These instructions give you information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your doctor may also give you more specific instructions. Call your doctor if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE

  • You may have changes in your poops (bowel movements).

  • You may have loose or watery poop (diarrhea).

  • You may be not able to poop.

  • Your bowels will slowly get back to normal.

  • Do not eat any food that makes you sick to your stomach (nauseous). Eat small meals 4 to 6 times a day instead of 3 large ones.

  • Do not drink pop. It will give you gas.

  • Do not drink alcohol.

  • Do not lift anything heavier than 10 pounds. This is about the weight of a gallon of milk.

  • Do not do anything that makes you very tired for at least 6 weeks.

  • Do not get your wound wet for 2 days.

  • You may take a sponge bath during this time.

  • After 2 days you may take a shower. Gently pat your surgical cut (incision) dry with a towel. Do not rub it.

  • For men: You may have been given an athletic supporter (scrotal support) before you left the hospital. It holds your scrotum and testicles closer to your body so there is no strain on your wound. Wear the supporter until your doctor tells you that you do not need it anymore.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have watery poop, or cannot poop for more than 3 days.

  • You feel sick to your stomach or throw up (vomit) more than 2 or 3 times.

  • You have temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C).

  • You see redness or puffiness (swelling) around your wound.

  • You see yellowish white fluid (pus) coming from your wound.

  • You see a bulge or bump in your lower belly (abdomen) or near your groin.

  • You develop a rash, trouble breathing, or any other symptoms from medicines taken.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if your are not doing well or get worse.