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Post op Hernia Instructions

The following information is being provided to serve as guidelines for you to follow. Your doctor may alter these instructions to meet your specific needs.

Bandage and Incision

  1. Remove the outer bandages in 24 hours. Leave steri-strips over the incisions

  2. OK to shower after you remove the bandages with a mild soap and water. NO tub baths, hot tubs, or swimming pools 2 weeks from your surgical date

  3. It is not necessary to cover your incision. You may use Band-Aids if you desire

  4. Check the incision daily for redness or swelling. Call the doctor if there are concerns

  5. Males should wear jockey shorts (supportive undergarments) until evaluated by doctor

Pain and Medication

  1. Take the prescribed pain medications with food and as directed

  2. Due to decreased mobility and prescribed pain medication, begin taking an over the counter stool softener daily to aid in bowel movements. (miralax or milk of magnesia)

  3. Place ice to incision for 20 minutes at a time. Place a barrier between the ice and your skin, not directly on the skin

  4. Chest or shoulder discomfort may occur, especially after sitting or walking. Lying down for short periods generally relieves this. A heating pad to the upper chest and shoulder for short intervals (20 minutes) may be helpful


  1. Maintain an adequate fluid intake. Drink 6-8 glasses of fluid

  2. Beginning the day after surgery, increase the fiber in your diet by eating fresh fruits, vegetables and bran


  1. Take short frequent walks and rest as needed
  2. Climbing stairs is OK, but take the stairs slowly and one at a time
  3. Avoid bending and stooping
  4. No lifting anything greater than 10-15 pounds until your post operative visit
  5. Discuss driving and return to work with your doctor
  6. No contact sports or activities until advised by your doctor
  7. NO DRIVING while taking prescribed pain narcotics

Notify your doctor if you have

  1. Severe nausea or vomiting
  2. Pain not relieved by your prescription
  3. Increased tenderness, swelling, or drainage at the incision site
  4. A temperature of 101 degrees or more over a 24 hour period
  5. Calf swelling, pain, or tenderness
  6. No bowel movement 4 days post operation and after taking stool softener

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