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What To Expect With Hernia Surgery
Hernias occur when tissues or an organ push through a weak spot in the connecting tissue or muscle wall. Since hernias do not get better by themselves, sometimes your doctor will recommend surgery to treat your hernia. Here is what to expect before and after hernia surgery.
Prior To Surgery
Dr. Vasdekas will give you specific instructions about how to prepare for your surgery. Once you arrive at the surgical site, expect to meet with everyone who will be caring for you.
The anesthesiologist will review and discuss what type of anesthesia you will be getting. This doctor will ask about any changes to your medical records or type of medications you currently take. Their job is to be sure you get exactly the amount of anesthesia to keep you comfortable throughout the surgery. This will all depend on the type of surgery you are having: open surgery, laparoscopic, or robotic.
Each surgeon and hospital may have differing requirements about what you can eat or drink after midnight.
It is essential that you ask any last minute questions and share any concerns with each of your caregivers especially the surgeon.
The type of surgery you need depends on the size, type, and the location of your hernia.
With a traditional or open technique an incision several inches long is made near the hernia. The surgeon moves the hernia back into position and the hole is repaired with stitches. Sometimes a mesh patch is used to help reduce any tension and make it less likely the hernia will recur.
With laparoscopy, or less invasive surgery, gas is injected into the abdomen to inflate it and give the surgeon more room to work. The laparoscope and other instruments are inserted through tiny incisions. After the surgeon moves the hernia into its proper place, a mesh patch is placed over the opening and is secured with sutures or staples. Afterward the stomach is deflated, and the small incisions are closed with surgical tape or sutures.
Once surgery is complete, patients are placed in a recovery room where their vitals can be monitored, including their blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen levels and urine production.
Once everything is stable, you may be allowed to go home.
Blood clots, bleeding and infections are unlikely but serious post surgical complications. Patients are instructed to begin walking as soon as possible and call their doctor with any changes like a fever, if the incision becomes red and swollen, or if they have severe pain.
You will be given instructions about when you can return to work and other activities, and when to see your doctor for follow up
Contact Dr. Vasdekas if you are scheduled for a hernia repair and have questions or concerns not already addressed.