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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
- Laparoscopic herniorrhaphy, also known as transabdominal preperitoneal (TAPP) repair, is surgery to repair a hernia. A hernia may occur when the muscle layers in your abdomen (stomach) weaken. The weakened muscle layers allow your tissues or organs to push through. When this happens, a bulge or mass (lump) may be seen or felt under your skin. Hernias often occur in your inguinal (groin) area. A hernia may also occur near your genital area (between your inner legs), or upper thigh. Hernias may also form in the front of your abdomen, or in areas of past surgical incisions (cuts).
- During this surgery, a special tool called a laparoscope is used. A laparoscope is a long metal tube with a light and camera on the end. The laparoscope will be inserted into your peritoneal cavity (the space in your abdomen containing organs). The laparoscope will allow your caregiver to see your hernia. You may have a hernia in one or both sides of your groin in need of repair. Laparoscopic surgery to fix your hernia may strengthen your abdominal muscles, remove your hernia bulge, and decrease your pain.
Take your medicine as directed.
Call your primary healthcare provider 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.
- Pain medicine: You may need medicine to take away or decrease pain.
- Learn how to take your medicine. Ask what medicine and how much you should take. Be sure you know how, when, and how often to take it.
- Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine. Tell caregivers if your pain does not decrease.
- Pain medicine can make you dizzy or sleepy. Prevent falls by calling someone when you get out of bed or if you need help.
Follow-up visit information:
Ask your caregiver when you need to return to have your surgery site checked. Make sure to keep all of your planned visits with your caregiver. Write down any questions you may have. This way you will remember to ask these questions during your next visit.
You may need to decrease any heavy lifting until your surgery site heals. Talk to your caregiver about how long you should wait before returning to your normal activities.
Exercise such as walking can help you have regular bowel movements. Eating high-fiber foods such as fruit and bran and drinking prune juice and water may also help. Caregivers may give you fiber medicine or a stool softener to help make your BMs 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 caregiver says it is okay. Ask your caregiver for more information about caring for your surgery site at home.
CONTACT A CAREGIVER IF:
- You are bleeding from your surgery site.
- You have a fever (high body temperature).
- Your have blood clots or fluid around your surgical site.
- Your surgery site is swollen, red, or has pus coming from it.
- You have chest pain or trouble breathing that is getting worse over time.
- You have questions or concerns about your medicine or care.
SEEK CARE IMMEDIATELY IF:
- You have pain in your groin or surgery site that does not get better after taking pain medicine.
- You have trouble urinating.
- You notice a new lump at your surgery site.
- You suddenly have numbness in your groin area.
- You suddenly feel lightheaded and have trouble breathing.
- You have new and sudden chest pain. You may have more pain when you take deep breaths or cough. You may cough up blood.
- Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
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