Diet: You will need to be careful with what you eat after your hernia repair. For the first month you should eat only very soft foods that don't require a lot of chewing. You should avoid bread, red meat and pasta. You should avoid fizzy drinks during this period. After a month you can slowly start trialing a normal healthy diet again. If you are having trouble with any particular food, simply stop and try again in a week or two.
Anti-reflux medications: After your operation you should be able to come off your anti-reflux medications. Immediately after your operation you should continue taking them for 1 week, then slowly wean yourself off. If you come off too quickly you may find that some of your symptoms temporarily recur. If this happens, start taking them again, but try coming off them slowly again in a couple of weeks.
Dressings: After you have been discharged from the hospital, you will have dressings over your wounds. These do not affect how well your wounds heal, but they do protect your clothes from any seepage which may occur. If they become dirty or wet they may simply be removed and changed for a similar dressing or a band aid. After a week they can be removed and discarded. Occasionally people feel more comfortable leaving a dressing on for an extra week, particularly if the wound is somewhere that can rubs on your clothing.
Sutures: Your wounds will be closed with either glue or dissolving sutures, neither need removal.
Pain killers: Most people find taking regular paracetamol to be enough for their pain. Paracetamol has the advantage (unlike most other pain killers) that it won't make you constipated or feel woozy. It is also very safe if taken carefully according to the instructions on the packet. In some circumstances you will be given additional pain killers to take home with you. If this is the case you should read and follow the instructions carefully.
Problems: Complications are unusual. If you do have any problems you have multiple ways of accessing help. During office hours you can contact Dr Hamer's rooms or your GP. For more pressing problems or after hours you can also contact the emergency department at the hospital.
Recovery: Generally most people find that they are fit to return to light duties at work after 1 -2 weeks. You should avoid heavy lifting for four weeks after your operation. If you are still having significant problems at this time you should be reviewed to ensure you are still recovering properly.