Inguinal Hernia Repair
Inguinal hernias are very common, especially in men. They can be repaired on an outpatient basis at the Grants Pass Surgery Center or Three Rivers Community Hospital.
What To Expect
Since many repairs are done with local anesthetic, you may not have any discomfort after the operation. Later, you will probably require pain medication. Mild pain may be controlled with Extra Strength Tylenol or Ibuprofen, but it is normal to need prescription narcotics for a few days. However, these may cause constipation, so drink liquids and take Milk of Magnesia (one to two tablespoons) or Metamucil (one tablespoon in a glass of water) as needed. Do not drive or drink alcohol while on narcotic pain medication.
Your incision will probably swell and turn black and blue. In men, this discoloration may extend down onto the penis and scrotum. It may cause you some concern, but ordinarily does not cause any harm. If there is a clear dressing over your would, you will not need to do anything with it. If you have gauze dressing over your incision, you may remove it the next day. If your incision becomes intensely red or has foul smelling drainage, please contact the office to be seen. Do not soak in a tub, hot tub or swimming pool until given permission from your doctor. You may experience a slight temperature elevation, but if you have a fever of 102 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, call your doctor immediately.
You are encouraged to walk and resume normal activities after surgery, although there may be some discomfort. DO NOT PERFORM ANY HEAVY LIFTING or stretch to lift lighter objects. If it hurts, stop and relax a bit to ward off issues.
Many people with desk jobs or who can be put on light duty can go back to work one to two weeks following surgery. Many companies want you to wait six weeks or more to avoid injuries on the job. Ask your doctor for his or her advice.
Please call the office to make an appointment for one to two weeks following the operation.