WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
An open herniorrhaphy is surgery to repair a hernia.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your primary healthcare provider (PHP) how to take this medicine safely. You may also need medicine to help prevent a bacterial infection.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your PHP if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your PHP or surgeon as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Wound and drain care:
You will have a bandage over your wound when you leave the hospital. Do not take the bandage off until your PHP says it is okay. Ask your PHP how to care for your wound and any drains you may have.
You may need to avoid heavy lifting until your surgery site heals. Ask your PHP when you may return to your normal activities. Do not exercise until your PHP says it is okay. Ask your PHP to help you plan your exercise program.
Exercise, such as walking, can help you have regular bowel movements. Eat high-fiber foods and drink more liquids. Some foods high in fiber include fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. Caregivers may give you a stool softener to help make your bowel movements softer and more regular.
Contact your PHP or surgeon if:
- You are a man and your testicles are swollen or tender.
- You have a fever.
- You are constipated.
- You see or feel a lump in the hernia area.
- Your groin or thigh is numb.
- Your wound is swollen, red, or has pus coming from it.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
- You cough up blood.
- Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
- You are completely unable to have a bowel movement.
- You are urinating less than usual or not at all.
- You have severe pain in your abdomen.
- Your stitches or staples come apart.
- Your wound will not stop bleeding.
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