After surgery, light activities while resting at home after surgery is encouraged. Heavy lifting and physical exertion should be avoided. Most patients are able to resume normal daily activities in a short period of time.
There may be mild to moderate pain or discomfort at the operated area. You will be provided with pain medication.
Occasionally, a lump or swelling may develop in the area where the hernia had been. This is often due to fluid accumulating within the empty space, and is known as a seroma. With time, the majority will disappear on its own. If not, your surgeon may aspirate the fluid out in the clinic.
If you develop severe pain, fever, chills, vomiting or experience discharge from the surgical incisions, you should seek medical attention immediately.
You may resume light activities as soon as your doctor advises. When the wound is no longer painful, you may start doing light exercises including brisk walking, climbing stairs, jogging as well as cycling only escalating as your physical condition allows. You may be advised to refrain from lifting heavy loads over 10kg or doing strenuous exercises early in your recovery. An abdominal binder for supporting the abdomen may also be provided to you to wear during this period.
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