Inguinal Hernia, Adult

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These discharge instructions provide you with general information on caring for yourself after you leave the hospital. Your caregiver may also give you specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to the most current medical practices available, but unavoidable complications sometimes occur. If you have any problems or questions after discharge, please call your caregiver.


  • Put ice on the operative site.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15-20 minutes at a time, 03-04 times a day while awake.

  • Change bandages (dressings) as directed.

  • Keep the wound dry and clean. The wound may be washed gently with soap and water. Gently blot or dab the wound dry. It is okay to take showers 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Do not take baths, use swimming pools, or use hot tubs for 10 days, or as directed by your caregiver.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • Continue your normal diet as directed.

  • Do not lift anything more than 10 pounds or play contact sports for 3 weeks, or as directed.


  • There is redness, swelling, or increasing pain in the wound.

  • There is fluid (pus) coming from the wound.

  • There is drainage from a wound lasting longer than 1 day.

  • You have an oral temperature above 102° F (38.9° C).

  • You notice a bad smell coming from the wound or dressing.

  • The wound breaks open after the stitches (sutures) have been removed.

  • You notice increasing pain in the shoulders (shoulder strap areas).

  • You develop dizzy episodes or fainting while standing.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) or throw up (vomit).


  • You develop a rash.

  • You have difficulty breathing.

  • You develop a reaction or have side effects to medicines you were given.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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