How do you clean after hernia surgery?
Wash the area daily with warm, soapy water, and pat it dry. Don’t use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol, which can slow healing. You may cover the area with a gauze bandage if it weeps or rubs against clothing. Change the bandage every day.
Normal activities can gradually be resumed over time until they can be carried out without feeling any pain. Most people are able to do light activities after 1 or 2 weeks. Gentle exercise, such as walking, can help the healing process. Heavy lifting and strenuous activities should be avoided for about 4 to 6 weeks.
Your scar will heal in about 4 to 6 weeks and will become softer and continue to fade over the next year. The amount of pain is different for each person. The new medicine you will need after your operation is for pain control, and your doctor will advise how much you should take.
How do 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.
Repairing the umbilical hernia
The weak spot is usually closed with stitches, but if the hernia is large, mesh may be used to strengthen the area. After the operation, the bulge will disappear and the belly button should look normal.
What foods should you avoid with an umbilical hernia?
Fatty Food – Saturated or trans fats food items such as red meat, processed food, high-fat dairy products, hydrogenated vegetable oil should be strictly avoided because these food items lead to inflammation and an increase in weight that possess the risk of increasing the problem of hernia.
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.
How long does your stomach stay swollen after hernia surgery?
Your belly will feel bloated for about one week; you may not be able to close your pants. This will pass as the gas in the abdomen is absorbed.
When can I remove the dressing after umbilical hernia surgery?
You may remove the dressing after 48 hours. Once the dressing is removed, the incision does not need to be covered. You may cover it with a gauze bandage to protect clothing if drainage does occur.
Can you mess up a hernia repair?
Traditional hernia repairs that simply stitch the hernia closed and do not use mesh have the highest rate of recurrence. It is estimated that up to 30% of such repairs can recur. This is because the tissue around the suture can weaken over time and abdominal stress can eventually cause the tissue to tear.