After surgery the patient will be observed in a postoperative ward and then shifted to the ward after his condition is stabilized.
Immediately after surgery, the patient will be observed in a recovery area for one to several hours depending on the time duration of the surgery. This is to monitor body temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and heart function.
There maybe a small drain from inside the wound to collect secretions for a day or more.
The surgical wound will be observed for undue bleeding or swelling.
The patient may then be transferred to a regular room.
Laparoscopically done cases will usually be discharged on the day of the surgery but more complex hernias such as those with incarcerated or strangulated intestines will require overnight hospitalization.
Open surgical cases may stay for 4 to 5 days or longer.
Some patients may have prolonged suture-site pain, which may be treated with pain medication or anti-inflammatory drugs.
Antibiotics may be prescribed to help prevent postoperative infection.