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Umbilical Hernia Repair (laparoscopic)

Posted On: 2011-12-19

*Be sure to read your discharge papers for more detailed information!   


  • Resume normal pre-operative diet after effects of anesthesia are gone.
  • Avoid any foods that make you constipated, or irritate the stomach.


  • Resume any regular medications unless otherwise instructed.
  • If needed, a prescription for pain will be provided.


  • Proper activity promotes healing, return of muscle tone and lessens pain with movement.
  • Walk indoor/outdoor as much as possible.
  • May go up and down stairs.
  • Take frequent rest periods. Fatigue and tiring are normal feelings after surgery.
  • Avoid driving, if possible, for about 2 weeks and resume only when comfortable with quick movements, twisting, etc.
  • Avoid heavy lifting, exercises, straining, heavy housework and yard work for 4 - 6 weeks unless instructed otherwise.
  • If the doctor orders an "abdominal binder", it should be worn as a snug fit for 4 - 6 weeks whenever you're up moving around to provide support.
  • The doctor will discuss return to work and/or school dates with you at your follow-up appointment.
  • Call the office for follow-up appointment(s) as instructed.


  • Remove dressings when instructed (usually 1-2 days).
  • Apply light gauze dressing daily, if desired.
  • If a plastic protective dressing is present, leave in place until you see the doctor.
  • Shower or sponge bathe after 2 days.
  • No swimming, hot tub or soaking in bathtub.
  • Thorough cleansing with regular soap and water is sufficient.
  • Follow the line of incision and dry well.
  • Avoid constipation to prevent straining against the incision.
  • Use a laxative if needed (i.e. 1-2 oz of Milk of Magnesia) when  constipation is present.
  • Wear supportive briefs, or an athletic supporter to provide comfort.
  • Do not wear pants that are fitting and/or rub the incision site to avoid redness, swelling & irritation to the incisions. Sweatpants and pajama pants will be more comfortable.


  • Mild to moderate pain is normal, but if pain becomes too much we can provide a oral pain medication.
  • Minimal swelling or redness of incisional area(s) is normal.
  • Scrotum and/or genitalia area of the body may be bruised, or discolored.


  • Excessive bleeding or drainage occurs.
  • Excessive swelling or redness of incision.
  • Temperature over 101 degrees.
  • Unusual pain, nausea and/or vomiting.


IF OFFICE IS CLOSED and an EMERGENCY arises, please call 911 or go to the Emergency Department.  

 A MISA surgeon can be reached by calling the office answering service at (309) 677-6019

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