Surgery is the most common treatment option after a hernia has developed somewhere in your body, but the operation itself doesn’t just return you back to full health. You’ll also need to go through a rehabilitation protocol to ensure you make a complete recovery following your operation. In today’s blog, we share some tips on what you can expect during your recovery from hernia surgery.
Rehabilitation After Hernia Surgery
Here’s a look at some of the things you can expect as you progress through your recovery from hernia surgery.
- Complete Rest Right Away – Even though it is oftentimes accomplished using minimally invasive techniques, hernia surgery is a major trauma on your body. You’ll be uncomfortable and your body will be in a weakened state right after the surgery, so you can help by resting and avoiding putting stress on the area.
- Your Diet – You don’t need to make any drastic changes to your diet after hernia surgery, but make sure you are making healthy food choices so that your body can get plenty of vitamins and nutrients from your diet. Also, mind your water intake and ensure you’re staying hydrated, as this will help with your circulation and make bowel movements easier.
- Take Your Medications As Directed – This may sound obvious, but take your medications as prescribed by your physician. Your doctor will explain how to stay ahead of your pain and make it manageable for you without increasing your risk of dependence or abuse. Never mix in additional medications without your doctor’s permission, and do not consume alcohol alongside your medications.
- Mind Your Lifting Restrictions – You will have lifting restrictions for the days and weeks that follow your operation. Make sure you’re mindful of these as you progress through rehab. Picking up your children or lifting a heavy grocery bag can cause the tissue to break through the muscle wall again. Slowly increase the amount you carry and lift.
- Keep Your Incision Site Clean – Another issue that can cause problems in the wake of a surgical procedure is the onset of an infection. Keep the incision site clean and change your dressing as recommended by your surgeon. If you notice any redness or discolored discharge, contact your surgeon’s office.
- Come Back For Follow Up Appointments – Finally, you’re going to want to make sure you come back to your surgeon’s office for your scheduled follow-up appointments. They will ensure that your rehab is on track, and they will be able to safely clear you for additional activities.
If you can do all of these things, and you trust your hernia surgery to an experienced surgeon like Dr. Bhatti, we’re confident that you’ll have a great chance at having a successful outcome with your hernia surgery. For more information, or for help with your hernia issue, reach out to Dr. Bhatti’s office today.