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Instructions for Post-op Wound Care Inguinal Hernia

Click to listen to this page using ReadPlease These instructions should be used as a guide. If you have any unusual problems, be certain to contact your surgeon.


Inactivity, change in diet, and the use of some pain medication may cause constipation. Drink plenty of fluids and eat foods high in fibre (such as bran, prune juice).


You may have a clear plastic or cloth type dressing. Either way, you must keep it dry and clean. Do not remove the dressing unless asked to do so by your doctor. A small amount of bloody drainage on or under the dressing is not unusual.


Contact your Surgeon if:
  • You develop any unusual signs or symptoms
  • Your scrotum continues to swell
  • Your incision becomes red or swollen
  • You have drainage from your incision
  • You develop chills or fever higher than 100°F (38C)
  • You develop severe abdominal pain
  • Your pain medication does not help


A certain amount of pain is to be expected for the first few days. Your surgeon will want to ensure your comfort by telling you what kind of pain medication to use. This could be a prescription or an over-the-counter medication. Be sure to let your surgeon know if you have any special concerns about this and especially if you are presently on any other medications. Contact your surgeon if your pain increases.


You may return to your usual activity in moderation. You may walk about as you wish. You may even climb stairs, but do not over-do it. Do not lift anything weighing more than 5 pounds until you have seen your physician in your follow-up appointment. You may resume sexual activity whenever you choose. At your first post-operative office visit, your physician will advise you when you may return to work.


How you can bathe depends upon the type of dressing you have. If it is not waterproof, do not get it wet. Avoid the tub or shower until seen by your physician. If your dressing is waterproof, you may shower as soon as you feel up to it.


Contact your physician or the Nurses Registry (623-7451) if any problems arise.


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