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How do you recover from abdominal hernia surgery?

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The best way to recover from abdominal hernia surgery is to follow the doctor's instructions. This may include caring for the incision as it heals, restricting activities that may interfere with healing and wearing an abdominal binder, according to W. L. Gore & Associates, a medical device manufacturer.

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Recovery time may vary from a few days to a week or more depending on the type of surgery performed, either open or laparoscopic surgery. The patient may use pain relievers and put ice packs on the incision to reduce swelling and discomfort. Patients should avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for several days after surgery but should take short, gentle walks to encourage circulation.

After open surgery, the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio recommends wearing an abdominal binder for several weeks, including while the patient is sleeping. The binder reduces pain and fluid buildup, as well as supports the abdominal and back muscles while the patient recovers. Doctors normally schedule a follow up appointment about three weeks after surgery, but a patient with a fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or whose pain increases rather than decreases over time, should see a doctor sooner.

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