Endoscopic or Open Inguinal Hernia Repair Please note- Within 24 hours of your Operation You Must Not: Drive a car or take public transport unaccompanied. Operate Machinery or Consume alcohol Sign any legal documents or make any responsible decisions Analgesia: Take Paracetamol 2 Tabs 4-6 hourly if required. Stronger analgesia such as Endone or Tramadol may be prescribed and can be taken if needed as per instructions for the first few days Do not drive or operate machinery if taking prescribed medication. Diet: There are no dietary restrictions. Aim to eat nourishing, healthy foods but to avoid post-operative constipation please increase fluid and fibre intake. Take a laxative if needed. Eg. Agarol, Lactulose Activity: Avoid lifting heavy objects (7 – 10 kgs) or engage in vigorous exercise for a period of 4 weeks. Slowly increase your activity levels over this time. Light housework and gardening may be undertaken during this time. You may drive your car when you feel confident and safe to do so. Care of Wound: Clear plastic dressings can be left in place until your review appointment. These are waterproof and you may shower as normal. Please change your dressings if they get wet or become smelly. Call the rooms nurse for advice if unsure about what to do Any sutures will be removed at your follow-up appointment with your Surgeon. If you have had a hernia repair some bruising and swelling around the wound and/or genital area is quite common On-going Care: Attend your post-operative appointment that will be made for you prior to discharge from Hospital. If you do not have a post-operative appointment booked prior to discharge please call our Rooms on 9210 7278 to arrange one. Please call our rooms if any of the following occur: If you experience any problems with your wound, including abnormal redness, pain, smell or discharge. You develop a fever, or get hot/cold flushes. Your pain is not being relieved by the analgesia you are using. If after-hours call your GP or for urgent matters after-hours present to the Emergency Department & notify our rooms during business hours on the following business day.