There will undoubtedly be pain after hernia surgery. Your abdominal area will be sore and you will experience pain and discomfort when you move around, cough and shower. Your pain will generally not be as intense for the first 24 hours after your surgery as it is on the second day or two. The surgery recovery time is usually longer for an open surgery repair than it is for laparoscopic surgery. The good news is that your pain after hernia surgery can be minimized with proper precautions and care.
Minimize strenuous physical activity and heavy lifting immediately following your hernia surgery. Performing strenuous activities can cause increased pain if the incision site has not healed.
Walk as soon as you are able in accordance with your doctor’s orders. Walking will promote blood flow and circulation, which will assist the healing process.
Take your pain medications as prescribed by your physician. Light physical activity is important to your recovery. The pain medication your doctor prescribed will assist you in minimizing your pain while you are moving around.
Keep the incision clean to avoid pain associated with an infection.
Apply ice packs to the surgery site area. Ice packs will reduce swelling while numbing the area, which will help minimize your pain.
Avoid constipation. Since your abdomen will be sore after hernia surgery, constipation could cause you discomfort and pain. Eat plenty of fiber and drink fluids to help you stay regular. Sport drinks, juices and soup are often recommended for the first 24 hours after your hernia surgery.
Enlist your spouse, relative or friend to help you for the first 24 hours. Your helper will be able to retrieve items for you to assist in your pain avoidance.