Post-Operative Instructions

  • Patients recovering from mesh removal should also see Mesh Pain Recovery.
  • Rest. See activity restrictions after hernia surgery.
  • Resume your regular medications and diet.
  • If you have been given a prescription for pain medicine, use it when you need it. There is little advantage to toughing out the pain.
  • Constipation is common after surgery. A mild laxative such as two tablespoons of Milk of Magnesia usually will correct the problem.
  • If you develop a rash all over, stop any new medications that you are taking and call your surgeon.
  • If your wound is covered with a waterproof dressing you may shower the day after surgery.
  • If you have had hernia or other major surgery do not drive until after your first post op visit with your surgeon. He will give you more instructions then.
  • If your dressing gets saturated with blood or fluid call your surgeon immediately.
  • If you have a fever as high as 101° call your surgeon.
  • If you are unable to keep down meals call your surgeon.
  • Hernia surgery may aggravate a pre-existing prostate condition in some patients. If you cannot pass your urine or have burning when you urinate call your surgeon.
  • Make a follow up visit appointment with your surgeon.

Instructions for Using Pain Medications after Surgery

  • If you do not have pain do not take the pain pills.
  • The first time that you take pain pills just take one, wait 20 minutes then take another if you need it
  • Do not take more pain pills than you need
  • If needed you may take 2 pills every 4 hours
  • Do not anticipate the pain and take pills before you need them
  • Do not take the pills on an empty stomach
  • Some patients develop itching, this is a side effect not an allergy, Benadryl can help
  • Some patients become nauseated on pain pills, this is often a sign that you are taking too much
  • Benadryl can help with nausea, you can take 50mg every 4 hours
  • Everybody gets constipated on pain pills
  • Switch to over the counter pain pills like Motrin ASAP. Follow instructions on bottle
  • If you need more pain pills let the doctor know before you are out.
  • Icing the wound can help. Put some insulation like a towel between you and the ice. 20 minutes on. 20 minutes off. No more than 2 days.
  • Use over the counter Miralax as needed for constipation