The Pharmacist's Role
Because hernias are common, pharmacists should have a basic understanding of hernia care in order to better assist patients. Managing the various types of hernias requires an interprofessional team approach. Although surgery is the mainstay of hernia treatment, pharmacists can play a role in the management of hernias and support patients who have undergone treatment. Regardless of the setting, pharmacists can assist patients with managing pain medication and selecting appropriate self-care products. Pharmacists can also advise patients about postoperative care, such as wound care, and lifestyle modifications, such as smoking cessation (Table 2). A truss may be recommended for some patients, and pharmacists can counsel on their proper use. Above all, pharmacists can ensure that medications for hernia therapy are being used safely, effectively, and optimally.
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US Pharmacist. 2022;47(6):HS-2-HS-6. © 2022 Jobson Publishing