(Herniorrhaphy; Repair, Hernia)
- Groin (called inguinal hernia)—the most common site
- The site of a surgical incision
- The upper-middle abdomen
- Between the abdomen and thigh (called femoral hernia)
- Where the esophagus joins the stomach (called hiatal hernia)
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Reasons for Procedure
- Damage to neighboring organs or structures (such as, intestine or bladder)
- Pneumonia and other risks of general anesthesia
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- Electrocardiogram (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)
- 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.
- Local anesthesia—the area will be numbed
- General anesthesia—used most often, you will be asleep
Description of Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- 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 (such as driving, sexual activity). You may need to wait 1-2 weeks.
- Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
- Avoid excess strain (such as vigorous exercise and lifting) for 6-8 weeks.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
- Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery, or which persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
- Pain, burning, urgency or frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
- Excessive tenderness or swelling
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
Hernia Information http://www.hernia.org
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov
The Canadian Association of Gastroenterology http://www.cag-acg.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index-eng.php
The causes and surgical treatment of abdominal hernia. American Medical Association website. Available at: http://www.medem.com/medlb/article%5Fdetaillb.cfm?article%5FID=ZZZESG4TWAC&sub%5Fcat=195. Accessed November 10, 2005.
Hernia. Cleveland Clinic website. Available at: http://www.clevelandclinic.org/health/health-info/docs/3600/3619.asp. Updated June 2008. Accessed June 9, 2008.
Hernia repair. American College of Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.medem.com/medlb/article%5Fdetaillb.cfm?article%5FID=ZZZBTQW1RWC&sub%5Fcat=195. Accessed November 10, 2005.
- Reviewer: Peter Lucas, MD
- Review Date: 10/2012 -
- Update Date: 10/11/2012 -