Inguinal Hernia Repair & Hydrocelectomy
Your child is scheduled for inguinal (groin) hernia repair and/or a Hydrocele
(bag of water around testicle) repair. Please follow the following instructions after surgery to ensure a good result.
The cut (incision) where the surgery was preformed will be covered by small paper strips and clear waterproof dressing. Leave the dressing on until the post-op exam. If the outer bandage falls off, replace it with a waterproof bandage; leave the paper strips in place. It is okay to apply a covered ice pack to the area for comfort and to decrease bruising/swelling.
What to Expect:
- As with any surgery, there will be swelling and redness at the incision site
- Low grade fever (Not greater than 101* Rectal/Oral) x 2-3 days Post-Op
- Mild Tenderness for 2-3 days
- Bloody drainage under bandage for 3-4 days
- Watch for normal stools within 2-3 days after surgery
Watch for the Following Problems and Call Immediately if:
- Redness and Swelling around the bandage
- Blood or pus coming out from around the bandage
- Temperature above 101 Fahrenheit or 39 Centigrade (Rectal/Oral)
- Problems with eating, having bowel movements or urination
- Excessive vomiting
- Severe stomach pains
Keep the incision clean and dry. No tub bath for 3 days, then soak in warm bath everyday. Sponge baths may be given for the first 2 days after surgery. If the child wears diapers, change diapers frequently for the first 5 days after surgery. Boys should wear tight jockey underwear to support the scrotum.
Your child should take it easy for 3-5 days after surgery. No running, jumping, or horseplay should be allowed until after the post-op appointment. Children may return to school 2-3 days after surgery. They should be restricted from the playground activities or physical education for 2 weeks after surgery. Children may sleep on their stomachs if it is comfortable.
If the child is prescribed pain medication, take it as directed on the bottle. If the child is in pain and has not been prescribed medication, you may give the child a normal dose of Motrin. If the child did take pain medication and is still in pain, the parent may give a normal dose of Motrin with the pain medication.
(Dr. Stovroff would rather any child take Motrin than Tylenol)
If you have any questions call the office @ (404) 252-7900 to speak with one of our staff members.