- About Gallstones
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
- Questions and Complications
- About Hiatal Hernia
- Diagnosis and Testing
- Diagnosis Q and A
- Non-Surgical Treatment Options
- Treatment Options: Medication
- Anti-Reflux Surgery
- When Is Surgery Necessary?
- Complications During Surgery
- Surgery Side Effects and Failure Rate
- General Preoperative Instructions
- Postoperative Expectations
- Postoperative Expectations: What to Expect at Home
What is a Hernia?
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Open Surgery Versus Laparoscopy
- About Anesthesia
- Possible Complications
- Open Hernia Surgery Recovery FAQ
- Open Hernia Surgery
- Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery
- Anti-Reflux Surgery
- Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
- Ventral Hernia
- About Inguinal Hernias
- Recovering from Laparoscopic Hernia Repair: Patient Guide
- Recovering from Open Hernia Repair: Patient Guide
- Patient Guide: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
- Patient Guide: Incisional, Umbilical and Ventral Hernias
- Patient Guide: Inguinal Hernia Repair
- Patient Guide: Achalasia
- Patient Guide: Diseases of the Spleen and Splenectomy
- Dietary Guidelines
- Activity Guidelines
- About Steroids
- About the Spleen
- When to Contact Us
Care of the Incision
Your incisions are covered with Band-Aids. It is not uncommon for them to become saturated with blood during the first 24 hours after surgery. Do not become alarmed. Simply change the Band-Aids as needed.
You can shower 24-36 hours after surgery. Be sure to gently dry your incisions and replace the Band-Aids.
It is not necessary to keep your incisions covered after 2-3 days, but it will usually make you more comfortable.
Metal clips or sutures will be removed in the office 7 to 10 days after surgery. If you do not see metal clips or sutures, the sutures are in the skin and will dissolve. This occurs 3-4 weeks after surgery and may be associated with a little drainage from the incisions.
It is common for patients to notice some black and blue or maroon discoloration around the incisions. This is caused by a small amount of blood and is normal. It should not alarm you. It is also common for this to only become apparent 2-3 days after surgery as blood in the tissues moves to the surface.
If your incision is red, hot and tender, you may have an infection. In that case, call the office.
You received antibiotics in the operating at the start of your surgery. You do not need them after surgery unless this was specifically discussed with you.
It is normal for the incisions and the hernia site to be hard and swollen following surgery. This is called a "healing ridge" and it is a signal of wound healing. It is not a hernia and it will go away in 8-12 weeks.
Do not tan your incision for one year after surgery; it will darken your scar.
Some people believe Vitamin A and Vitamin E applied to the incision helps wound healing. These can be obtained at a natural food or drug store.