1. Keep your wound dry for 24-48 hours depending on
what your surgeon says. The dressing that is in place is a usually
you take a shower inspect the dressing to make sure there is no condensation
under it. If so you may remove the dressing and try not to disturb
the skin strips underneath it. After 2 days, remove the dressing. At
this time you may get the incision wet in the shower. Do not submerge
your incision in water for one week from the time of your surgery.
You may walk, and you may walk up and down stairs after surgery.
You are encouraged to be as active as possible after surgery. Try
avoid the natural tendency to stay in bed or on the couch all day.
The faster you are up and ambulating, the faster you recovery will
3. It is usually helpful to use an ice pack on the region of
your surgery for the first 24 hours after surgery, or an ice pack
day for 30 minutes for the four days after surgery.
4. You will be
given a prescription for pain medication and are encouraged to
use this medication as directed. This will help
minimize your post-operative
pain and allow you to remain active.
5. Please notify my office
of excessive redness, drainage, swelling or bruising at the site
of your incision. It is not
to have swelling of the scrotum or penis.
6. Please make
an appointment to be seen in the office approximately 7-14 days
from the time of your surgery for suture removal
and to have your wound checked.
7. Do not hesitate to take
an over-the-counter laxative for the first week after surgery.
Acceptable agents are
Magnesia and Metamucil. Many other over-the -counter
agents are also safe and effective. Please use your own discretion.
common after an inguinal hernia repair, and also may
worsened by pain medications. Consequently, do not
hesitate to take
in an effort to prevent a problem with post-operative
constipation. It is usually advisable to take a laxative for the
two to three days after surgery, whether you are constipated
to prevent a problem.