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What can I do to prevent post-hernia surgery complications?

The best way to prevent a complicated hernia such as an incisional or recurrent hernia after surgery is to follow your doctor's post-surgery care instructions. Depending upon the type of hernia surgery - herniorrhaphy, hernioplasty - your doctor may recommend moving around soon than later however heavy lifting should be avoided. A follow-up examination is a good way to ensure that the surgery is successful and no symptoms of infection are present. Avoiding smoking, gaining sudden weight, and constipations are other ways to avoid recurrent hernias, a type of complicated hernia that redevelops after surgery.

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
To prevent post-hernia surgery complications it is vital to follow your surgeon's post-operative instructions very carefully. Most importantly, do not lift any heavy objects for 5 pounds, do not strain the midabdominal area, and refrain from exercising for up to 6 weeks. Hernia repairs may include mesh graft which may require 6-8 weeks to heal and scar into surrounding tissue. 

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