What to Expect After Inguinal Hernia Surgery
An inguinal hernia is when part of the intestine protrudes through the abdominal wall. At best, it is unsightly, and at worst can be very painful.
Some people may suffer from this type of hernia for days or weeks without being sure what the problem is. They just notice that there is a lump in their groin area. The lump can come and go, in fact, depending on various factors. In fact, for some people, only paying a visit to the doctor will confirm their condition.
The surgical procedure used to correct the condition includes the insertion of a mesh-like fabric into the area around the opening, which helps hold the intestine inside the body.
Things to Expect After Inguinal Hernia Surgery
- Post-surgery, you can expect to be sore in the area around the incision for at least a few days. Do your best to get plenty of bed rest for the first few days after surgery.
- You'll probably be more comfortable sitting up than lying down, as lying prone puts more pressure on the abdominal wall.
- After a few days, start walking around a bit every day. One common mistake that many recipients of inguinal hernia surgery make is resting too much after surgery. This sounds counter-intuitive, but staying in bed or on the couch for too many days after surgery without exercise hinders the body's healing process.
- At the same time, avoid heavy lifting or hard exercise during this time.
- Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables so as to get plenty of fiber. You want to eat regularly to keep waste moving through your intestines, so that you don't have to strain your abdominals to pass waste.
- All told, hernia recovery time will take a few weeks. You may start to feel better after a few days, but your internal healing process will take some more time.
- If you experience sudden or alarming pain, check with your doctor.
- You should also consult with your doctor right away if your wound doesn't seem to be healing, continues to weep or leak, or if you develop a fever.