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.
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