Managing Abdominal Hernias

Kiran Panesar, BPharmS (Hons), MRPharmS, RPh, CPh


US Pharmacist. 2017;42(8):HS10-HS16. 

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Role of the Pharmacist

Pharmacists have an essential role to play in the management of patients with hernias as well as in supporting patients who have undergone treatment. In outpatient care, pharmacists may provide advice on the selection of trusses, and they may be measured and fitted at the pharmacy. Pharmacists in all settings are well placed to provide advice on the use of pain medications prior to and after hernia surgery. Pharmacists can instruct patients who are taking OTC or prescription medications to inform the surgeon of this at least 1 week before surgery. For patients who have undergone surgery, pharmacists can ensure that patients have the necessary products to care for the wound appropriately, and provide wound-care tips (depending upon the type of wound and surgical method) and other useful information (Table 1).