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Friday, 3 March 2017

Hernia Surgery, Constipation, and the Recuperating Patient – What to Do

According to experts, Hernia is actually a rupture in smooth muscle tissue through which a bodily structure protrudes. Most of the time, you are left with not enough options in treating hernia other than surgical operation. However, people who undergo (open) inguinal hernia surgical procedure can be at the risk of the developing constipation. Experts say this is somewhat usual in that for the kind of pain that would result, very strong pain killers (narcotic pain killers) are administered on the patients. 

According to Cleveland Medical Centre University Hospitals, USA, this is usually responsible for the condition; in addition, they will also experience loss of appetite due to the rigours of the surgery, but experts say this is sure to normalise in a couple of weeks. Making smart nutritional choices in addition to physical exercise as part of your daily routine can offer remedy for constipation after hernia surgical procedure.

Hernia surgical procedure

What to do

Drink lots of water
Nutritional health scientists prescribe that people who have undergone hernia surgical treatment should drink at least 6 to 8 cups -- or 48 to 64 ounces of water each day, to enable you stay hydrated and also deal with constipation. This is most important for those who live in warm climates such as in (Lagos) Nigeria; if you are involved in strenuous physical activity you also require even extra quantities of water, according to sports medical experts. Be sure therefore to inquire from your local health experts on how exactly and what amount of water you require each day to treat your constipation after hernia surgical operation.

Hernia surgery healing

Eat foods rich in dietary fibre
Make it a point of duty to incorporate a lot of dietary fibre in your daily diet. Fibre is mostly an indigestible carbohydrate naturally embedded in fruits, vegetables and whole grains -- including pasta, bread and cereal. Fibre absorbs water within the gastrointestinal tract and aids immensely in bowel movement. For greater effects, when it comes to dealing with constipation after surgery, take about 4 servings of fruits and vegetables, and whole grains each day. In as much as we know, some foods may be more effectual in this regard, fruits and vegetables - especially the juicy ones, tend to be the best remedy in dealing with your constipation because they are filled with extra water content making them ideal for treating constipation.

Simple exercise
You must endeavour to engage yourself in at least some form of regular physical exercise on a daily basis. There are several benefits that can be derived from doing simple aerobics in order to manage or remedy most forms of persistent health conditions; physical activities can offer relief for folks who are afflicted by constipation after invasive procedures. Experts encourage people who have undergone this type of surgical treatment to start with as simple as 5 minutes of cardio exercise every day and move gradually up as exercising tolerance increases. Simple walking, cycling and swimming are all helpful forms of aerobic exercise that can be of immense benefit as part of the treatment for post-operative constipation.

After a month you should be fairly okay after hernia surgery

Soften your stool

Always bear it in mind that your stool must be soft. After hernia surgery you are given narcotic pain killers and so every effort must be deliberately made to soften your stool because apart from your ‘delicate’ condition, constipation is on its way. Your doctors may or may not prescribe stool softener medications, but your doctor could also help you get some over-the-counter products to use. Nevertheless you must continue religiously with a combination of the above mentioned behaviours so you can properly keep your constipation in check.

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