Abdominal hernia is a condition where a part of an organ gets displaced and starts to protrude through the abdominal wall. It affects nearly 10% of the entire population in Australia at different stages of their lifetime. Abdominal hernia can affect male and female infants, children, as well as adults, with majority of the cases occurring in males.
While strenuous activities such as lifting heavy weights are not the cause of abdominal hernia, they do aggravate the condition. Generally, hernia is caused by muscle weakness and can occur in the belly button, upper thighs, and groin region. In women, pregnancy, giving birth, and surgical incisions and injuries can weaken the abdominal muscles, which require surgical treatment. Nearly 45,000 surgical procedures in Australia are performed every year for abdominal hernia.
There are two surgery options for abdominal hernia. Always consult with a specialist regarding the best option for your condition.
Open Surgery – Larger incision, longer recovery time
Laparoscopic – 3 small incisions, shorter recovery time
Showering – You may shower in a day or two, depending on the type of surgery. Ask your doctor if you need to keep the incision(s) dry and for how long.
Walking – Walking increases circulation and aids in hernia operation recovery. Walk at a medium pace and don’t strain the abdomen while you’re at it!
Eating – Eat fresh fruits, green vegetables, and fibre-rich foods. Drink plenty of water to aid in circulation and avoid constipation caused by medication and/or inactivity.
Medication – Always take your pain medication as prescribed and never engage in any activity that requires you to remain focused when under the influence.
Driving – Anaesthesia will affect your motor skills so make sure to ask your doctor when you can drive following the surgery as driving may strain the incision.
Lifting – Avoid lifting any weights for at least the first 3 to 5 days. Start lifting light objects and gradually move up. Involve your lower body and back to reduce the strain on the incision.
Working – Depending on the nature of your work, you will have to take a few days off. Talk to your doctor and get a medical notice for when you can resume working.
Sports – Avoid engaging in sports or strenuous exercise for at least two to three weeks (males) and four to six weeks (females). Ask your doctor when you can resume playing sports and exercising.
Sex – Physical comfort is of foremost importance so make sure to avoid sexual activity until you recover properly. Ask your doctor when you can engage in sexual activity.
Compression Band – A compression band is highly recommended by doctors for abdominal hernia operation recovery to support the abdominal muscles and wall.
How Wearing a Compression Band Helps?
Wearing a compression band following abdominal hernia surgery is important for healing and abdominal support. Various medical studies have proved that compression bands are good for hernia operation recovery as they reduce the pain, protect the incision, and provide support for quick recovery.
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One great advantage that we have today is that Medical studies have shown using a compression band provides a non-invasive intervention for enhancing patient’s recovery.
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*Belly Bands products and information are to be used in conjunction with Doctors Care and does not substitute for Medical advice. If you have any questions, fever or signs of infection please contact your doctor before wearing a compression band.