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Tips to Help You Recover Quickly After Hernia Surgery

Tips to Help You Recover Quickly After Hernia Surgery

Hernia repair is one of the most common surgical procedures in the country. It’s the most effective way to treat large or painful hernias, but it’s normal for you to be nervous about undergoing a surgical procedure.

Elvira Klause, MD, FACS, and our team specialize in minimally invasive hernia repair, and we want to help ease your fears. Modern surgical techniques have made hernia surgery relatively safe and efficient, and with the right care, you can get back to your usual routine in no time.

Here are some valuable tips we recommend to aid in a quick and successful recovery.

Follow your postoperative instructions

We give you personalized recovery instructions after hernia surgery, and following our advice is one of the best ways to a quick recovery. We cover everything from postoperative care to resuming your usual activities, and we’re here to answer any questions you might have during the recovery process.

Rest and listen to your body

Rest is fundamental to your body’s natural healing process. Balance rest with light activity, like short walks, to help prevent complications like blood clots and to promote circulation. Your body communicates its needs, so be attentive to any signals of fatigue or discomfort.

Manage pain effectively

Pain is a natural part of the recovery process, so be prepared. Follow our instructions for pain management, and take any pain medications as directed. If you experience severe or worsening pain, give us a call.

Stay hydrated

Drinking plenty of water supports healing, promotes healthy circulation, and prevents dehydration. Water is your best choice. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, because they can contribute to dehydration and slow your recovery.

Eat a nutritious diet

Proper nutrition plays a crucial role in your body's ability to heal. We recommend a clear liquid diet for the first day after surgery, in case you experience nausea from the anesthesia. If you’re feeling well, you can return to your usual diet and focus on consuming foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein.

Care for your incisions

Depending on the type of hernia repair you had, you may have one incision or several keyhole incisions. Follow our guidance on wound care, which includes changing dressings and keeping the area clean and dry to minimize your risk of infection.

Gradually resume physical activities

It’s important to get back to your usual routine slowly. Rest is crucial, and gradually adding light physical activities helps prevent stiffness and muscle atrophy. We give you specific instructions about safely reintroducing physical activity.

Avoid heavy lifting

In the early stages of recovery, avoid lifting heavy objects or engaging in strenuous activities. Doing too much too soon can strain the surgical site, leading to complications or a longer recovery.

Wear supportive clothing

We may recommend trying a compression garment for additional support. Abdominal binders and other types of supportive clothing gently hug your incision, and some people find wearing these garments helps reduce discomfort after hernia surgery.

Attend your follow-up appointments

Last but not least, keep all your scheduled follow-up appointments. Even if you’re feeling well, these visits are crucial for monitoring your progress, addressing any concerns, and making sure you’re healing properly.

Be patient with yourself. Healing takes time, and everyone's recovery journey is unique. Avoid comparing your progress to others and allow your body the time it needs to heal at its own pace.

To learn more about what to expect after hernia surgery, book an appointment with Dr. Klause and our team. Call our office in Laguna Hills, California, at 949-245-6910 or request an appointment online now.

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