When one of your organs protrudes through the muscle or tissue that holds it, it is called a hernia. Hernias usually have to be corrected surgically. Recovery is focused both on healing from the procedure itself and on taking measures to prevent the hernia from re-occurring. If you have hernia surgery, here is what you can expect in the days and months following the procedure.
After surgery, most patients are able to get up and move around within a few hours. Some patients go home on the same day of the procedure, while others need to stay overnight in the hospital. Your surgeon will decide if you need an overnight stay based on the success of your procedure, if you have other medical conditions that need to be monitored, and if you need a catheter.
Before you are discharged from the hospital, your surgeon will give you detailed instructions for home care. You will be given pain medication and may also be given other medications to discourage infection. You will also be told how to care for your incision and what activities are safe for you to do. Most people can walk and climb stairs but should avoid strenuous activity until cleared by their surgeons. You won’t be able to drive a car, as pain medications can slow your recovery time and pressing on the pedals may be painful.
During your follow-up visits, your surgeon will evaluate your healing and set a schedule to allow you to return to normal activities. Sticking with this schedule closely will help prevent hernia recurrence. Most people are back to their normal activities within six weeks, though you must still avoid driving until you are off your pain medication.
At the Hernia Center at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, our surgeons repair all types of hernias using both open surgery and laparoscopic methods. If you have a hernia, ask your doctor to refer you to our St. Petersburg hospital for care. We’re the closest hospital to St. Pete Beach and provide a comprehensive range of treatments, from emergency care to home care nurses. You can learn more by dialing (855) 245-8328.