Are there any things I should be careful about so as to avoid weakening the operation?

During the first four to six weeks you should direct attention toward avoiding those activities that can increase intra-abdominal pressure and put excessive strain on the abdominal wall. Thus, take cathartics to avoid constipation and straining with bowel movements. Don't lift heavy objects. To avoid coughing, stop smoking; a coughsuppressing medicine is helpful. Get plenty of rest. You can walk to the movies, be driven about, go visiting and do many other things. You can go on vacation provided you observe these elementary precautions. Relax and enjoy the convalescent period.

What kind of anesthesia is used?

You can make your choice about this if you have any preference. One method is an initial injection into a vein which will put you to sleep in a few seconds. In certain patients the procedure may be undertaken by deadening the area of incision and operating under local anesthesia.

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