Philip L. Leggett, MD
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Pre-op and Post-operative Surgical Instructions for Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

The day of your surgery, you will be asked to report to the location designated by Dr. Leggett 2-3 hours ahead of your surgical procedure. This is to allow for several things:

  • Adequate check in time
  • Unexplained delays
  • Any last minute testing required

To expedite the surgery schedule:

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you or your family. If there is a problem with this, please alert the office. Please have family members wait in the family waiting room until Dr. Leggett has spoken with them. Leaving will only delay in speaking with Dr. Leggett and you risk the chance of missing him.

Wear loose comfortable clothing and flat shoes the day of your surgery such as a sweat suit and tennis shoes. This is to help accommodate the abdominal distention or bloating that may occur during the procedure.

For male patients: Please bring a jock strap with you. You will need to wear this home. Some people find it more comfortable to wear it over their underwear. Please wear for one week.

You will find paper tapes or skin glue over your incision sites. Please do not remove these until the edges roll up on their own. This can vary from 3-7 days. If blistering should occur, do not be alarmed. Just keep the area clean with soap and water.

It is not uncommon to experience a burning sensation the first time or so you urinate or empty your bladder. This is due to a catheter or drain being placed in your bladder during the procedure and also the type of procedure.

You may shower and bathe anytime after the surgery unless other specific instructions have been given. Continue with any routine daily hygiene practices. It does not hurt to get your incision wet! Just keep the areas clean with soap and water.

Bruising is common around the incision sites and sometimes into the scrotum. You may also feel a "hard knot" around the incision. This is common. To help reduce swelling you may apply a heating pad to the stomach and scrotal area. First apply a towel then the heating pad.

Nausea and vomiting may be experienced. Start out with clear liquids to drink and increase your diet as tolerated. Your abdomen or stomach may appear to be swollen. This is normal and will go away on its own. If constipation occurs you may use a laxative of choice.

Physical activities are not restricted after surgery. Walking is actually encouraged. Start out slow at first. Sexual activities may be resumed as well.

You may drive when ever you feel comfortable turning around, stepping on the gas and brake without getting in a wreck. You should return in approximately one week for an office visit. Please call in and make an appointment 2-3 days before you want to come in as we do not have set hours.

You will be given a prescription for pain medication with 1 refill. Take as needed. Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken for mild pain. If you experience any of the following please notify the office at 281-580-6797:

  • A temperature greater than 101.
  • Pain that is not relieved by the pain medication.
  • Inability to urinate or lower abdominal distention or pain due to full bladder.