When can I take a shower after hernia surgery?
You may shower 24 to 48 hours after surgery, if your doctor okays it. Pat the cut (incision) dry. Do not take a bath for the first 2 weeks, or until your doctor tells you it is okay.
What can you not do after umbilical hernia surgery?
Avoid heavy lifting (20 pounds or more) and strenuous exercise for 6 weeks. Avoid driving as long as you have pain and are taking narcotic pain medication. You may resume work as tolerated unless instructed otherwise or if your work involves heavy lifting.
How long should you rest after umbilical hernia surgery?
Umbilical hernia surgery recovery time is about two weeks. This two week restriction helps reduce pain after surgery, and likely reduces the risk of a hernia recurrence.
How do you shower after hernia surgery?
It is OK to shower starting around 24 – 36 hours after surgery. If you have bandages on the incisions, take them off before showering. You should see little pieces of tape (called steri-strips) directly attached to your skin. It is OK to get these little tapes wet in the shower.
Can you shower after umbilical hernia surgery?
It is OK to shower starting around 36 hours after surgery. If you have a dressing on the incisions, take it off before showering. You might see little pieces of tape (called steri-strips) directly attached to your skin. It is OK to get these little tapes wet in the shower.
Can I sleep on my side after umbilical hernia surgery?
Nevertheless, if your doctor determines it is safe for you to sleep on your side, you may do so as long as you have a support mechanism tucked between your knees or ankles. A support “mechanism” can be as simple as one or two plush pillows or a specially designed foam block.
Can I bend over after umbilical hernia surgery?
Avoid lifting more than 10 pounds for four weeks and excessive bending or twisting for one to two weeks following surgery. This is to allow healing of the incisions, specifically the fascia (the strongest layer of the abdomen wall) and to decrease the risk of your hernia coming back.
How long will my stomach be swollen after umbilical hernia surgery?
This is normal and usually settles within about a week. However, the swelling may not go down for several weeks. Hospital staff will advise you about taking painkillers to relieve any discomfort.
How long does hernia mesh take to heal?
After hernia mesh surgery, most patients can go home the same day. Full recovery time may take four to six weeks. Right after surgery, patients should perform only necessary daily functions but can return to light activity after a few weeks of recovery. Heavy activity can resume after six weeks.