Recovering From A Hernia Surgery
Hernias occur when organs push through the tissue that surrounds them. They’re not immediately life-threatening, but the surgery to correct them can have serious complications.
Even though hernias are relatively common conditions, and their related surgery is considered to be minor, it’s important to be careful about the recovery process.
Complications Can Arise After Surgery
The problem with hernia surgery is that straining too much during the recovery process can set you back and can even contribute to developing an infection, according to Jean Brown Research.
Recovering fully from a hernia involves reducing strain on your body as much as possible. Susan Johnson, writing for Jean Brown Research, notes a number of ways you can reduce physical strain during the recovery process, including:
- Taking stool softeners and eating a high fiber diet to ensure that you don’t strain during bowel movements.
- As much as possible, reduce coughing and sneezing, as the sudden strain can be detrimental.
- Wear comfortable, loose clothing with elastic waistbands to accommodate swelling.
- Severe strains like lifting heavy objects, especially during the first few days, can cause a rupture. Take it easy!
But hernia surgery can have other dangers, and unexpected results despite your best efforts during recovery.
Some Types of Hernia Meshes Cause Infections
Depending on the type and severity of your hernia, the surgery may have required the use of a mesh. These devices are used to stop a hernia from recurring and to strengthen the muscles around the affected area.
Unfortunately, infections that develop around a surgical mesh can be very resistant to treatment, causing much more serious complications. It’s very important to know the differences between normal symptoms associated with recovery, and the signs of infection. Here’s a list of symptoms to watch out for, noted by law firm Baron and Budd:
- “Inflammation – If your abdomen continues to be tender and/or painful long after your surgery, that could be a sign of inflammation caused by an infection.
- Pain in the groin area – About half of all hernia surgery patients experience pain in the groin area. But if yours becomes so severe that it interferes with your daily activity, that could mean the mesh device used in your procedure has caused an infection that is leading to nerve damage.
- Feeling like you have the flu – You might also be developing an infection if you continually experience chills, nausea or fever, or you vomit regularly.”
So, generally, this type of recovery is going to be a lot of taking it easy and keeping track of your pain. Especially in cases where a mesh is used, it’s important to reduce as much infection risk as possible, as the resulting complications from an infection can lead to nerve damage.
Unfortunately, hernias can be aggravated by everyday activities, including things as simple as going to the bathroom. So despite the minor nature of the corrective procedure, recovery can be a lot more complicated than people realize. Taking it easy doesn’t just mean bedrest; it means paying careful attention to your overall health and pain levels. If things start getting worse, or if you start to feel sick, it’s very important to contact your doctor.