The impact of warming on pain and wound healing after hernia surgery: a preliminary study

J Wound Care. 2006 Mar;15(3):104-8. doi: 10.12968/jowc.2006.15.3.26879.


Objective: To determine whether the application of warmth after hernia surgery reduces pain and aids wound healing.

Method: Forty-five patients were recruited and randomised to receive either no warming;two hours of warming immediately after surgery; or seven days of warming.

Results: Postoperative pain scores were significantly lower after two hours of warming immediately after surgery compared with the non-warmed patients (p<0.05). Pain scores were lower on each of the first seven postoperative days in the warmed groups compared with the non-warmed subjects. Patients in the warmed groups also had lower ASEPSIS wound scores.

Conclusion: Warming may allow wounds to heal with fewer complications. In addition, warming for only two hours immediately after surgery may provide similar benefits to seven days of warming.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hernia, Inguinal / diagnosis
  • Hernia, Inguinal / surgery*
  • Hot Temperature / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Hyperthermia, Induced / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain Measurement
  • Pain, Postoperative / diagnosis
  • Pain, Postoperative / therapy*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Postoperative Care / methods
  • Probability
  • Reference Values
  • Risk Factors
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Wound Healing / physiology*