Every surgery patient wants to heal and return back to their normal activities as quickly as possible. Here are some tips that can help you to speed up your hernia surgery recovery time:
- The specific site on your body that was repaired during surgery will likely be sore following the procedure. Your body will signify which body positions are most comfortable and which should be avoided. At any rate, you will want to stay relatively still for at least 1-2 days after the procedure.
- You will likely be most comfortable sitting up – rather than lying down. Sitting up from a supine (laying down) position can put a lot of stress on your abdominal muscles, which will be painful and could hurt the site of incision. Have lots of pillows ready to keep you propped and help you sit more comfortably.
- While it is important not to put any undue strain on the area of your surgery, at the same time you should avoid the temptation to stay totally sedentary. In fact, it is an important part of your recovery process to frequently get up and walk around. Doing so actually contributes to the strengthening of the muscles that were cut during surgery.
- Your doctor will probably prescribe you medication for your pain. Take it for at least a few days to keep the pain away.
- Be sure to keep eating regularly. You want to have loose bowels, as that will help you to pass waste more easily. If you don’t, you will have to put undue strain on your abdomen (and the site of your hernia surgery) when passing waste.
- Full hernia recovery time could take days or weeks. However, if you go easy on the particular site of the surgery, you should see steady progress. Even after the incision pain starts to go away, your body will need to go through internal healing in areas that you cannot see with the naked eye.
- Most of all: listen to your body for signals as to how your recovery is going. Remember to contact your doctor if you experience chronic pain at the site of your surgery, if you notice your wound weeping, or if you have a recurrence of your hernia.
If you notice any of the following, call the number the hospital gave you:
- Excessive sweating
- Difficulty urinating
- Worsening pain