What is a hernia?
Hernias are a defect in the muscle of the abdominal wall. They are a gap or a hole that the contents of the abdominal cavity, such as fat, intestine and/or other organs, tend to be pushed through by the normal pressure that occurs within the abdomen. As this material pushes through the hernia defect, a bulge or localized area of swelling will become evident. There are many types of hernias; the site of this bulge will vary according to the type of hernia and the size and location of the defect. Certain activity such as exercise, coughing and lifting will increase the pressure within the abdomen. As a result, more abdominal contents may to push through the hernia defect, and the bulge gradually increases in size.
At Canadian Surgery Solutions we provide corrective laparoscopic surgical hernia repairs for the two most common types Umbilical and Inguinal Hernia.
Most people who have laparoscopic hernia repair surgery are able to go home the same day. Recovery time is about one to two weeks.
You most likely can return to light activity after one to two weeks. Strenuous exercise should wait until after four weeks of recovery.
Studies have found that people have less pain after laparoscopic hernia repair than after open hernia surgery.
Discharge Plan for Hernia Surgery
- Hygiene: You may have a daily shower but not sit in a bath for 2-3 weeks following your surgery
- Diet: Eat a well-balanced diet and avoid foods that make you constipated. Increase liquids, fruit and fibre. You may supplement your diet with “Colace” (from the pharmacy).
- Wound: There will be some bruising and swelling. You may apply ice in the first 48 hours, then heat thereafter if it makes you feel more comfortable. Some blood may ooze from your wound. If this occurs, apply pressure for 10 minutes. If blood continues to ooze, call your doctor.
You may resume your usual daily activities depending on your postoperative discomfort. No lifting more than 20 pounds, no sit-ups or push-ups for six weeks. No driving until you can walk properly, the main concern is that pain may hinder your ability to hit the brake in time. If the painkillers make you drowsy, do not drive. Splint your incision with a pillow when coughing or sneezing.