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Endoscopic Total Extraperitoneal Hernia Repair
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
An endoscopic total extraperitoneal (TEP) hernia repair is surgery to repair an inguinal hernia.
- Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your primary healthcare provider (PHP) how to take this medicine safely.
- 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:
Ask when you need to return to have your surgery site checked. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
You will need to avoid heavy lifting until your surgery site heals. Ask how long you should wait before you return to your normal activities.
Prune juice and high-fiber foods such as fruit, vegetables, and bran can help you have regular bowel movements. Exercise such as walking may also help. Caregivers may give you fiber medicine or a stool softener to help make your bowel movements softer and more regular.
You may have a bandage over your surgery site when you leave the hospital. Do not take the bandage off until your PHP says it is okay. Ask for more information about caring for your surgery site at home.
Contact your PHP if:
- You have a fever or chills.
- Your have blood clots or fluid around your surgical site.
- Your surgery site is swollen, red, or has pus coming from it.
- You have questions or concerns about your medicine or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have pain in your groin or surgery site that does not get better after you take pain medicine.
- You suddenly have numbness in your groin area.
- You have trouble urinating.
- You notice a new lump at your surgery site.
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