Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I eat or drink before my surgery?
It is important to make sure that your stomach is empty before surgery in order
to minimize the chance of vomiting during surgery and the subsequent risk of
aspiration. You will generally be instructed to not eat or drink anything,
including water, after midnight on the night before your surgery. Usually,
your routine medications should be taken with a small sip of water at your
regularly scheduled time or about one hour before arriving for surgery if you
are scheduled for an early morning case. Please call our office if you have
any additional questions.

What will I be able to do after surgery?
The first few days you will be feeling tired and you can expect to have pain.
Make sure you have your prescription for pain medication before you leave the
hospital. Everyone has a different tolerance for pain. You will generally need to
take the pain medication more regularly for the first few days postoperatively.
Walking is good for you and should be done each day to increase your strength
and help your bowels return to regular function. You will likely have gas pain
and you may notice that having a bowel movement is more difficult, initially.
Bowel function generally slows down following surgery due to inactivity and
pain medication. But as you increase your activity level and decrease your pain
medication, you will gradually return to your normal bowel function. You can
encourage bowel movements and reduce constipation by eating a diet which
includes grain cereals, raw fruits and vegetables and plenty of liquids. If you
were on a special diet before surgery, you should resume the diet your doctor
recommends for you. You should not drive or operate machinery as long as you
still need to take narcotic pain medicine. Avoid strenuous activity and do not lift
any weight over 10 pounds until given instructions by your doctor. Ask your
doctor when you can resume driving.

What will my recovery be like after Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopy is generally considered an outpatient procedure. If you are having
surgery, you may be asleep from one to four hours and occasionally longer. You
should avoid activities that require concentration for at least two days following
surgery. You can usually return to work and resume moderate activities sooner
than if you had open abdominal surgery. You may need from one to three weeks
of recovery time before returning to heavy activities or exercise and for complete

When should I make my postoperative appointment?
You should call our office to schedule your postoperative appointment as soon
as possible after you return home. The postoperative appointment should be
approximately 7-10 days after your surgery unless the doctor tells you otherwise.

Will I have swelling or discoloration after a hernia repair?
You may have swelling or discoloration in the incision which may go into the
groin and genital area several days after surgery. This should resolve within
7 to 21 days. There are no restrictions as to sexual activity as long as no
discomfort occurs.

How do I know if my incision is healing normally?
It is normal for your incision to look a little swollen and discolored. Notify our
office if you have excessive pain in the area, redness with swelling that is
increasing, red streaks, bleeding, drainage that appears pus-like in the
incision area, or fever above 100 degrees. These are signs of infection and
you will need to be evaluated by the doctor.

The information provided on this website is for informational use only and is
not intended to be used as a substitute for treatment or diagnosis by a licensed
physician. Further, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. Always consult a
physician regarding the diagnosis or treatment of your medical condition.