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At Hernia Surgery Los Angeles, all hernia surgeries are done in an outpatient setting.  That means a faster recovery time for our hernia patients.  As with any operation, there are a few things every patient should expect while recovering from a hernia surgery.  It’s important for our patients to know what to expect while in recovery.

Pain and Discomfort after Hernia Surgery

Our hernia surgeons perform the operations in most instances using minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques.  One of the greatest benefits of laparoscopic surgery is the significant reduction in post-surgery pain.  However, it is still normal to have some pain after surgery.

  • Icing for pain – It will be important to ice the area of surgery for the first 24 to 48 hours.   This will reduce pain and swelling.
  •  Medications – You may be prescribed a narcotic pain reliever such as Vicodin, Norco or Percocet.  Your doctor will go over the proper dosing for this medication, but it is usually 1 pill every 4 to 6 hours.  Most patients that are prescribed a narcotic pain reliever are able to transition to Tylenol or Ibuprofen after the first few days.  Never drive when taking narcotic pain relievers.
  • Bowel Discomfort – Depending on your hernia surgery, you may experience diarrhea.  This may also be caused by the antibiotics.  If you are taking a narcotic pain reliever, it can be common to experience constipation.  Both of these can be treated with your typical over the counter digestive aids.
  • Swelling – You may notice swelling in the operative site.  For men, it can be common to notice swelling of their penis or scrotum.  For women, it’s swelling of the labial area of the vagina.  The swelling will diminish after a few days.
  • Discoloration – Following surgery, there may be areas of discoloration in the groin or genital region.  This is normal and will fade in a little time.

Healing after Hernia Surgery

Following surgery to repair a hernia, you can resume normal daily activities whenever you are feeling ready.  It’s important to remember that if an activity causes you pain, you shouldn’t do it.  Things like heavy lifting and certain exercises should be avoided for at least a few weeks.  Your doctor will discuss this with you in more detail.  Laparoscopic incisions are small, but do still require proper care and attention.  Be gentle with your incision area.

  • Showering – You can take a shower 1 to 2 days following surgery.
  • Covering the Incision – The incision should be covered for the first few days.  After that, it is not necessary.  However, keeping the incision covered beyond the first few days may make returning to certain activities more comfortable for you.
  • Keep an eye on the incision – You may notice some bruise-like discoloring around the incision.  This discoloring is normal.  If your incision is red, feels hot, or is tender to the touch, you may have an infection and it’s important that you contact us right away.
  • Do Not Tan – If you choose to tan or sunbathe, keep your incision area covered up for at least a year following surgery.  Tanning the area will result in a dark, noticeable scar.

Hernia Surgery Recovery FAQ

Listed below are some frequently asked hernia surgery recovery questions. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

Q:  When will I be able to return to work following hernia surgery?

A:  Every surgeon has specific preferences for their post-operative care.  You may feel like taking it easy for the first couple days following surgery.  After that, it’s up to you.  You can return to work whenever you feel comfortable and ready.  However, if your job entails any sort of heavy lifting, it may be up to a month or so before you can return, unless lighter modified duty can be arranged.  If you are unsure, make sure you to bring this up with your surgeon.

Q:  How long after surgery will I feel pain?

A:   Your surgery, if done in a minimally invasive way, will help in reducing pain and discomfort following surgery.  There will be some pain in the days following surgery, but it won’t last long.  It is common to feel the most pain or discomfort on the 2nd or 3rd day following surgery.  Up to 2-3 weeks however is not unusual.  You can reduce the pain by icing the incision area in the first 48 hours after surgery.  If you properly ice, you may have fewer days of discomfort following the operation.

Q:  Can I just stay in bed for a few days after surgery?

A:  It’s encouraged that you get up and move around after surgery.  The more you move, the less stiff the site of the surgery will be.  Being active following surgery can also decrease post-op pain, as well.  It is not recommended that you stay in bed for an extended period of time following surgery. If you are experiencing pain that is limiting your mobility, call your doctor right away.

Contact Hernia Surgery Los Angeles

If you’d like to schedule a consultation with a hernia expert in Los Angeles, please contact our center today by calling (888) 418-2082. If you are considering hernia surgery, our expert surgeons at Hernia Surgery Los Angeles can provide the very best in hernia treatment.

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