Foods to Avoid After Inguinal Hernia Surgery

Surgical intervention is required to fix inguinal hernias, because fascia — a layer of connective tissue in your abdominal wall — will not regrow on its own to repair and close the hernia’s hole. Though hernia-repair surgery is often successful, it’s not going without risks. Therefore there are a few things to understand before and after operation. How about post-surgery diet?

Foods to avoid

There are usually no special diet restrictions after inguinal hernia surgery and you should be able to eat your normal diet. And the recovery time is also quite fast.

In most cases, people who have hernia-repair surgery don’t have to stay in hospital, even they may go home on the same day of or the day after their operation. They are usually able to return to normal daily activities (especially light activities such as walking and shopping) after 3 weeks, though it’s still important to avoid strenuous activities until the recovery is complete.

However, your diet may also provide a great impact on your healing. Even certain foods may provoke your post-operative pain, making your recovery take longer to complete.

To reduce the risk of problems or complications related to surgery and boost your recovery more quickly, here are a few common culprits to avoid after surgery:

Fatty foods

Several days or weeks after operation, you may find that your bowel movements are not regular as usual. This is normal, but it’s important to avoid straining during bowel movements.

Unfortunately, constipation is also quite common after hernia surgery. It occurs for various causes, such as prescription pain medications which some can slow down the movement of your intestines.

Constipation can cause you to strain on the toilet, worsening pain around your wound. Read meat and other foods high in fat are not easy to digest, which will make constipation more likely. They are also loaded with lots of ‘bad’ saturated fats, which can hurt your cardiovascular system.

Processed foods

Restrict processed foods such as instant ramen, bacon, flavored nuts, microwave-popcorn, processed grains (like white bread and white pasta), frozen dinners, and fruit-snacks high in cane sugar.

Typically, processed foods are low in fiber and poor in nutrients (far less nutritious than their whole food counterparts). Also, they carry ‘bad’ ingredients and chemicals that may impair your healing such as excess salt (sodium), sugar, fat, or even chemical additives.

Dehydrated foods

It’s true that you can store dehydrated foods without having worry that they will spoil or lose in taste. However, they are different than fresh ones. They are also high in sugar and salt to add flavor, and low in water (as the name suggests, dehydration refers to a process that eliminate water). These can make constipation more likely.

Dehydrated foods include potato chips, beef jerky, and some dried fruits. Prunes are an exception, because they are good for your digestive health and may help provide constipation relief.

Milk and dairy products

There are no good answers and benefits that apply across the board when it comes to dairy, because the effects after consuming milk and dairy products seem to vary greatly from person to person.


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