(Herniorrhaphy; Repair, Hernia)
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Reasons for Procedure
- Damage to neighboring organs or structures (such as, intestine or bladder)
- Reaction to anesthesia
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)—A test that records the heart’s activity by measuring electrical currents through the heart muscle.
- Talk to your doctor about your medications. You may be asked to stop taking some medications up to one week before the procedure.
- Follow a special diet.
- Take antibiotics.
- 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—you will be asleep during the procedure
Description of Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
- Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you've 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
Hernia. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Accessed January 30, 2015.
Inguinal hernia. Hopkins Medicine website. Available at: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/adult/digestive%5Fdisorders/inguinal%5Fhernia%5F85,p00387. Accessed January 30, 2015.
Laparoscopic surgery for hernia repair. Cleveland Clinic website. Available at: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments%5Fand%5Fprocedures/laparoscopic-surgery/hic%5FLaparoscopic%5FSurgery%5Ffor%5FHernia%5FRepair. Updated February 27, 2013. Accessed January 30, 2015.
- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/01/2014 -