Inguinal (groin) hernias are one of the most common ailments requiring surgery. 1 in 4 men end up with an inguinal hernia at some point in their life. Fortunately, recovering from inguinal hernia surgery no longer requires weeks or months of recovery.
Surgical advances, and changes in postoperative care, have seen hernia surgery evolve from a procedure that required months in recovery, to open and laparoscopic repairs that only require days for a patient to get back on their feet.
At Puyallup Surgical Consultants, we use the most modern techniques to perform surgical hernia repairs. You’ll receive comprehensive care from your initial visit through recovery. Most of our patients return to their normal lifestyles in as little as two weeks.
Here are four tips to help make your hernia surgery recovery as effective and comfortable as possible:
Manage Your Initial Pain
Immediately following inguinal hernia surgery, you will likely experience some pain in your groin region. We recommend that you focus on pain management, not eradication. Most pain following hernia surgery stems from muscle inflammation. Managing this pain with ibuprofen, heat and ice is recommended in most cases to help manage the inflammation.
In most instances, we do not recommend the use of narcotic pain-killers. Narcotics, although helpful in treating the effects of pain are not helpful in treating its cause. The less narcotic you use the faster you will recover.
Stay Active, But Be Realistic
Initially, you should expect some limitations on your activity, including limitations in bending, lifting, stretching, sudden movements or sexual activity. The best guide for acceptable movement is your own pain level. If something hurts or feels uncomfortable, avoid doing it. As you heal, your body will let you know what activities you are ready for, and which should wait.
It’s natural to have questions. We don’t expect you to know all the “ins and outs” of recovery. Take time to learn what is required to recover smoothly from your hernia surgery. If you have questions regarding your recovery, speak up and ask. We’re here to help.
While you are the only person going through your recovery, an experienced surgical team can help guide you through the process, based on their experience treating hundreds, if not thousands, of similar cases.
Think of Your Surgeon As Your Teammate
Remember, you and your surgeon share a goal. It is to get you back to living a normal, everyday life. If you and your surgeon work as a team, and communicate effectively, that should happen quickly.