You are likely to have pain for the next few days. You may also feel like you have the flu, and you may have a low fever and feel tired and nauseated. This is common.
You should feel better after a few days and will probably feel much better in 7 days.
For several weeks you may feel twinges or pulling in the hernia repair when you move. You may have some bruising on the scrotum and along the penis. This is normal. Men will need to wear a jockstrap or briefs, not boxers, for scrotal support for several days after a groin (inguinal) hernia repair. Spandex bicycle shorts may provide good support.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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