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Do’s & Don'ts After Umbilical Hernia Surgery

A hernia occurs when an individual’s intestines protrude or bulge through the abdominal wall through the belly button or around the area. Umbilical hernias are more prevalent in people who are overweight, and they can also affect pregnant women during or after pregnancy.  When left untreated, it can become larger and cause discomfort. Surgery is normally the recommended treatment option and one can undergo umbilical hernia surgery in Huntington Station. Below are our recommendations for what to do, and what not to do, after umbilical hernia surgery.

Do’s and Don’ts After Umbilical Hernia Surgery


Diet After Umbilical Hernia Surgery


One of the things you should be careful about after the surgery is to check on how and when you eat your meals.  It’s recommended that you begin with a liquid diet then progress to a solid diet.  Consume foods with a lot of fiber to prevent constipation. Besides taking lots of water, the meal portions should be smaller. You will likely experience constipation which can be prevented by taking two tablespoons of milk twice a day.  Should you be among those that experience diarrhea, you can rest assured that it will clear within a few days.

Taking care of the wound


It’s important that the area around the wound is well taken care of to avoid infection.  Wash your hands before and after medicating the wound, don't let the stitches get wet as this could slow down the healing process,   call the doctor should the drainage from the incision become red and sore, and wear loose clothes to avoid rubbing on the wound and irritating it further.

Pain relief


It’s typical to experience pain after undergoing hernia repair in Nassau County.  Your doctor might prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen for mild pain or narcotics for severe pain.  Do take the medication as prescribed.  Since this medication has side effects, you can opt to relieve the pain by distracting yourself by playing a game of Sudoku or listening to your favorite music. You can also gently hold a soft cushion when coughing.

Daily activities


It’s important to take precautions after umbilical hernia surgery before engaging in your day-to-day activities.  Activities like walking, or riding as a passenger in a car should only be engaged in up to the extent to which you can tolerate them.  In the first six weeks, don’t lift any heavy objects or take part in strenuous exercise.  Don’t operate any heavy machinery.  Any activity that strains the wound should be avoided until the healing process is complete.

Call the doctor if you experience any of the following:


●        Repeated fevers and chills

●        Swelling around the wound and incision

●        A noticeable change in passing urine

●        Severe abdominal pain that remains even after taking pain medication

●        Persistent nausea, vomiting and bloating

●        No bowel movements for more than 3 days