With any health concern, it’s important to stay informed. It lets you know exactly what to ask your physician, and make better decisions about your treatment.
Hernia correction is among the most commonly performed operations today as it can affect people across every age and gender and usually occurs without warning. As such, it’s important to learn what a hernia is, how to recognise it, and what you should do about it.
What is a hernia?
A ‘hernia’ is formed when an organ pushes through a gap or weak area in the muscle or tissue around it, protruding into other parts of your body. If you find a soft bump protruding from your belly, thigh or lower abdomen, especially after exercise or strain, it is likely a hernia. Don’t worry, hernias are not necessarily life-threatening - but they can be very unpleasant and lead to future complications if not treated immediately!
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Hernias can only be corrected through surgery. In some cases, umbilical hernias (in infants) and inguinal hernias (in men) that cause absolutely no symptoms may not need repair. However, this is a decision only to be taken by your physician!!--Eam?:S
Make sure you have someone to take you to the hospital and back home! Even for an outpatient procedure, you can NOT drive after anaesthesia.
Be very clear about which medicines and foods you need to avoid the week/day of the surgery.
If you smoke, try to severely restrict this the week of the surgery.
Wear and carry loose clothing. You won’t want anything chafing against your fresh surgical incisions!
Leave all jewellery and valuables at home as you will need to remove them for the surgery.
Pack an overnight bag even if you’re an outpatient - in case of complications you will need to stay at the hospital.
You should fully recover from the anaesthesia an hour or two after the surgery. Laparoscopic hernia surgeries are usually outpatient procedures, which means most likely, you will go home the same day. Smaller open surgeries may be the same. For larger open surgeries, you will spend a few days in the hospital.
Once you get home, it will take you a few days (for laparoscopic surgery) and a few weeks (for open surgery) to recover. Make sure you strictly follow any post-operative care your doctor has recommended, and take all medications on time. Your doctor will prescribe you pain medications to keep you comfortable. You can also apply clean ice packs to the area to reduce swelling.
Make sure you eat healthy, stay hydrated, and get up and walk around the house often (to keep your circulation up). Do not overexert yourself with housework, heavy lifting, or gym visits!
If you suffer from fever, nausea, vomiting, very severe pain, bleeding, and urine or stool issues, contact your doctor immediately. Make sure you attend all follow-up appointments and checkups so that he/she can ensure that you are recovering well!
And don’t be too upset if you have a hernia - as Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson said after recovering from not one but THREE simultaneous hernias, “It was a really nice blessing to slow down. It was almost God's way of saying, 'Well, now you're gonna take a break.’” Stay positive, stay educated, trust your doctor, and everything will turn out alright.
Restoration of normalcy and relief from painl?D+ ?