A 43-year-old member asked:
how can i assist sleeping after umbilical hernia repair?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Barry Rosen answered
33 years experience General Surgery
Lazy-Boy: Many patients prefer to sleep in a reclining chair for the first few days after surgery due to the pain associated with rising from a flat position. Of course, using pain medication 30 minutes before bedtime can help, as well.
Answered on May 10, 2015
Dr. David Henry answered
11 years experience General Surgery
Pain/sleep meds: The amount of pain after umbilical hernia repair depends on if it was done open (single incision) or laparoscopically (multiple tiny incisions). You may need narcotic pain meds (norco, vicodin, percocet, tylenol (acetaminophen) #3) or tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen) for a week or so after surgery. You can also take over-the-counter sleep aid medications from the drug store, or get a prescription for ambien, etc.
Answered on May 1, 2017
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