Hernia

DISCHARGE INFORMATION

 

Advice following the procedure:

  • This procedure is likely to be uncomfortable – please use regular pain relief

medication in the first two – three days (as directed by your doctor or nurse).

  • You can resume normal activities as soon as you feel able.

 

Managing your wound/dressing:

  Specific care instructions will be given at the time of discharge   

  • Always wash your hands before attending to your wound/dressing.
  • Never leave a wet or dirty dressing covering your wound. Replacement dressings are available from a chemist .

 

When to seek medical advice:

Please contact your doctor or nearest hospital if you –

  • Experience severe persistent pain, despite taking regular pain relief medication.
  • Develop a fever.
  • Develop vomiting or bleeding.
  • The wound starts to gape open.
  • Notice signs of wound infection such as redness, swelling, warmth or pus-like

discharge.

If you have had sedation for this procedure:

The drugs used may still be in your system.

You must make sure you have a responsible adult to care for you at home after the procedure.

Until the following morning you should not:

  • Drive a vehicle, ride a bicycle or operate machinery
  • Make any important decisions
  • Sign legal documents
  • Drink alcohol

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If you require further advice or experience problems contact our Admissions Nurse on 97912244 or your Surgeon on 97211333. If after hours please contact your local hospital.

Bunbury Regional Hospital ph 97221000.