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Preparing for Hernia Surgery

We want to make sure you’re prepared for your procedure. This guide will help you along the way. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Meeting with Your Surgical Team

After you make an appointment, you will be scheduled for a meeting with team members who can answer your questions and lay out a plan of action to provide you with the safest procedure possible. Things you will want to keep in mind or write down before this meeting:

  • Your symptoms. How long have you had discomfort, and have your symptoms changed or worsened recently?
  • Your medical information. Are you on any medication? Do you have any other diagnosed conditions? Include any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID) that you currently take, even aspirin or ibuprofen.
  • Questions for us. Although we’re happy to answer questions at any time, writing your questions down will keep you from forgetting to ask anything important during the meeting and allow us to answer your questions right away.

Pre-Operation Physical

Once you’ve met with our team and made any necessary changes to lower your risk of complications from surgery, you will need to see your primary care provider for a pre-operation physical. Physicals may differ depending on the patient and type of surgery, but all will ensure your overall well-being and check for undetected conditions that could make surgery inadvisable.

What to Expect the Day of Surgery

Before surgery, make sure to follow any pre-appointment restrictions set by your hernia team such as avoiding nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) like aspirin and ibuprofen for a week before surgery and not eating the day of surgery. Try to get a good night’s sleep, and if your procedure requires a hospital stay, make sure to bring anything you will need during that time.