Post-Op: Inguinal Herniorrhaphy/Hydrocelectomy/Orchiopexy

Post-operative Instructions: Inguinal Herniorrhaphy, Hydrocelectomy and Orchiopexy

ACTIVITY
Quiet play for 3-4 weeks.   Avoid roughhousing, running, climbing, bicycle riding, swimming, etc. for 3-4 weeks.  May return to school in 2-4 days, when child is comfortable but no playground or gym activities for 3-4 weeks.  Infants can lie on their tummies.  It is important to avoid bumping the surgical area until healing has taken place.  Remember that children often feel better before healing is complete and cannot be relied upon to limit their activities by themselves.

CARE OF INCISION
Your child will have a “Clear coating” or ster-strips with a “clear coating” over the incision.  This type of dressing peels off by itself.  It does not require any special care other than keeping the area clean and dry.

STITCHES
The stitches dissolve by themselves, but may not entirely dissolve for several months. 

BATHING
May not take a bath for 48 hours.

DIET
Start with clear liquids-soup, kool-Aid, Pedialyte, pop or juice (breast milk is a clear liquid) and if tolerated well progress to half and then full strength milk/formula.  A normal diet may be resumed the next day.

PAIN
Give Tylenol every 4 hours if needed for discomfort. Generally, children should not be given Tylenol more than four times in one day.

Dose:
4-11 months 80 mg  = four times/day  
12-23 months 120 mg = four times/day 
Over 2 years Read dosage instructions on bottle  

You will also receive a prescription for Codeine to use if regular Tylenol does not help to relieve the discomfort.

WHEN TO CALL DOCTOR 
  • Any obvious bleeding. Some dried blood may be over the incision; this is normal
  • Redness or swelling around the incision
  • Drainage (pus) from the wound
  • Fever greater than 102°F
RETURN APPOINTMENT
Call our office at (248) 519-0305 for an appointment in 2 weeks.

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