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Hernia Surgery Recovery & Care

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The patient is usually discharged on the same day or the following day. Movement post surgery is strongly encouraged to reduce post-surgical risks, such as deep vein thrombosis and pneumonia, conditions that can occur in immobile individuals, particularly following hernia surgery. Occassionaly patients may be kept in overnight but these instances are rare. 

General Notes on Care & Recovery

Once discharged you will be given instructions on monitoring and caring for the wound which is water proof and should remain in place for a few days.  The wound may become swollen and there may be some localized bruising, this should not be of concern but please contact the clinic if you are unsure. 

Pain killers may be required for some patients for the first couple of days, though some patients do not require them and others require them for slightly longer. The recovery of each patient is individual and you should not rush back to normal duties if you are still feeling tender or weak. 

Physical Activity

We do not recommend returning to driving for at least one week due to the risk of sudden braking and we do not recommend recommencing any heavy lifting for four to six weeks to maximize the healing of the wound and the regrowth around the hernia site. You may feel comfort in placing your hand over the hernia site for support when you cough, laugh or sneeze.

Surgery can be performed in both the public and private hospitals.