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What type of pain killers are usually prescribed for pain from inguinal hernia repair?

5 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 years experience
Mild narcotics: Drugs that contain hydrocodone, oxycodone, or codeine, mixed with tylenol, (acetaminophen) are usually used after herniorrhaphy.
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 33 years experience
Narcotics: Narcotic pain medications are usually used for the moderately severe pain experienced after hernia surgery. For very minor hernias at the belly button, Ibuprofen alone may suffice. For an inguinal hernia, however, the manipulation and sewing of muscles causes more severe pain that requires stronger narcotics to control. Make sure to take a stool softener with this to avoid straining!
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Vicodin : Usually a combined tylenol (acetaminophen) with hydrocodone medication.
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
NSAIDs, narcotics: Typically nsaids in combination with a synthetic narcotic combined with tylenol (acetaminophen).
Dr. Michelle Gordon
General Surgery 21 years experience
Oral Narcitics: In my practice, i always prescribe Percocet 5/325 for post-operative inguinal hernia pain. I usually also prescribe Ibuprofen and an ice pack 10 minutes 2-3 times an hour for the first 48 hours.

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Type of pain killers prescribed for post operative pain relating to inguinal hernia repair?

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What kind of pain killers are prescribed for post operative pain relating to inguinal hernia repair?

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NSAIDS and narcotics: We approach the post op pain of hernia repair in three phases. Ice to the surgical area, off and on for 3-4 days, then switch to occassional heat. Nsaids, like Ibuprofen or naproxen, on a regular basis. Finally, a narcotic such as hydrocodone or tramadol for breakthrough pain. Good luck.
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I am having operative pain relating to inguinal hernia repair. What to do?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
YourSurgeonKnowsBest: Pain following hernia surgery is common & expected, varying quite a bit depending on the type of hernia & method of repair. Within days-to-weeks, the pain dissipates quite a bit. If possible, it is often best to take anti-inflammatories rather than narcotics to rx the pain. I advise you to contact your surgeon for specific recommendations.

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