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Before Surgery

Information for Patients

  • What type of hernia do I have?
  • What treatment options do you recommend for my hernia?
  • What are the nonsurgical and surgical treatment options?
  • What types of things should I consider in the decision to have surgery now or to wait?
  • Why are you recommending a particular treatment option over another?
  • What are the risks and side effects of this surgery?
  • What is your experience with the recommended surgery?
  • What is the anticipated outcome?
  • What are my options for anesthesia?
  • Will my surgery require a hospital stay?
  • What medications should I stop taking before my operation and what medications may I need to take the day of my operation?
  • Is there anything I should do to prepare for my operation?
  • How long will the surgery take?
  • How will I feel after surgery?
  • Will I need pain medication?
  • How much time should I allow for recovery?
  • What kind of incision will I have?
  • What is the chance my hernia will recur?
  • Will my medical insurance cover all charges from you and the hospital?