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  • Discharging procedure after inguinal hernia repair

    Posted by Steelersfan85 on August 14, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Is it mandatory for hospitals to make their patients urinate after having a inguinal hernia surgery before they’re discharged from the hospital? What are the risk and complications for the patient if they do not make them urinate prior to leaving the hospital the same day after surgery. Is there a risk of the patient developing hydronephrosis, burning with urination or any other symptoms?

    Thank You.

    drtowfigh replied 6 years, 10 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • drtowfigh

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    August 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    There is no standard. Every institution and surgeon has their own protocol as to whether they require that patients urinate after hernia surgery before they are cleared for discharge home.

    The risk of not requiring this is that the patient in fact may not be able to urinate after surgery. It is a well known risk after hernia surgery of all kinds. If you cannot urinate then you will need to be seen in the emergency room to decompress the bladder/rest the bladder with a urinary catheter.

    Burning with urination is a common initial symptom with the first or second urination if a urinary catheter was placed and then removed.

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