Hernia Repair Care
Hernia Repair Details
Alternate Names for Hernia Repair:
Your doctor may do the following:
- Physical exam
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- Electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG)-a test that records the heart's activity by measuring electrical currents through the heart muscle
Talk to your doctor about your medicines. You may be asked to stop taking some medicines up to one week before the procedure, like:
- Aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs
- Blood thinners, such as clopidogrel (Plavix) or warfarin (Coumadin)
On the days before and the day of your procedure, your doctor may recommend that you:
- Follow a special diet.
- Take antibiotic medicine.
- Shower the night before, using antibacterial soap.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home and to help you at home.
- The night before, eat a light meal. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
- Wear comfortable clothing.
Depending on the type of repair, you may receive:
- Local anesthesia-the area will be numbed
- General anesthesia -used most often, you will be asleep
An incision is made over the hernia site. The hernia will be moved back into the abdominal cavity, or the sac may be removed. The muscles around the hernia are sewn together. This will repair the hole or weakness. If the hernia is large or in the groin, a piece of mesh will be inserted. If mesh is used, the muscle is not sewn together.Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
A laparoscope is a thin tube-shaped object with a camera on the end. It will be inserted through a small incision. The doctor will be able to see the hernia on a near-by TV. Small instruments will be inserted through other small incisions. These tools will be used to complete the repair.
After the procedure, the incisions will be closed with stitches or staples. A sterile dressing will be applied.Immediately After Procedure
You will be taken to a recovery area. There you will receive fluids and pain medicines through an IV. If there are no problems, you will be moved to a hospital room to recover.How Long Will It Take?
- Less than 2 hours
Anesthesia prevents pain during surgery. You may feel pain during recovery, but taking pain medicine will help.Post-procedure Care
Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions . When you return home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
- In most cases, you can return to your normal diet after a few days.
- During the first few days, slowly return to your normal routine.
- Take pain medicine as needed.
- Ask your doctor about when you can do certain activities (eg, driving, sexual activity). You may need to wait 1-2 weeks.
- Avoid excess strain (eg, vigorous exercise and lifting) for 6-8 weeks.
There is some risk that the hernia could return. To reduce your risk:
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Strengthen your abdominal muscles.
- Treat chronic constipation , allergies , or chronic cough .
- Eat a high-fiber diet .
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.