Knowing what to expect before surgery helps you prepare your house and prepare for downtime.
The incisions for laparoscopic hernia surgery are small, so you will have minimal discomfort. The insufflation gas utilized during this treatment will cause the majority of the post-surgical pain, as the abdominal wall muscles will be dilated. However, this discomfort passes after the first 24 to 48 hours.
Most patients can resume their pre-surgery lifestyle within 1 to 2 weeks. Certain activities may continue to give you difficulty, but any discomfort should diminish in frequency over the weeks to come. However, remember that each person’s rehabilitation is unique. Relax if you’re experiencing too much discomfort or pain.
In addition, below are a few good tips to speed up your recovery process.
It is best to begin walking after a few days of recovery, as instructed by the doctor. This mild form of exercise boasts numerous advantages, including accelerated healing, improved blood flow, aid in digestion and minimal abdominal strain.
Avoid Heavy Lifting
In the weeks after surgery, avoid heavy lifting and intense activity. If you must lift something, use your knees, not your abdominal muscles.
Adopt a Nutritious Diet and Drink Water
A high-fiber diet aids post-surgery recuperation, so eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies to recover quickly. In addition, drink lots of water to prevent constipation. After surgery, constipation can aggravate wound discomfort. Consult your doctor if you are having trouble passing stool.
Ice the Wound
Swelling and soreness after surgery are common. Apply ice packs to minimize swelling and discomfort. Follow your surgeon’s frequency instructions or opt for 10 to 15 minutes every two hours.
Wear loose-fitting clothes with expandable waistbands.
Do Not Smoke
Refrain from smoking before and after surgery. Not smoking improves blood circulation and breathing, which helps speed up healing.
Do Not Ignore Worrisome Discomforts or Symptoms
Contact your surgeon if you have concerns or believe your recovery is not progressing at the expected rate. Furthermore, seek immediate medical attention if you feel ill, like if you have a fever.
Core Surgical is available to help before and after surgery. Contact us if you need hernia surgery. We can book a consultation to review your options and get you on track to recovery as soon as possible.