GVS Elkhart Surgical Practice Guide to Hernia Repairs

When patients visit our General & Vascular Surgery (GVS) Elkhart Surgical Practice for a hernia repair, it’s natural for them to have many questions. What type of hernia surgeries do we offer? How should they prepare for hernia surgery? What should they expect in terms of hernia surgery recovery?

In addition to offering compassionate, patient-centered care, our GVS surgeons are dedicated to providing each patient with educational resources and personalized treatment for the best outcomes. For this very reason, we are happy to answer the previously mentioned questions (and more)!

A male hernia surgeon answers a mature male’s questions about hernia surgery.Elkhart Surgical Practice Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

As the best hernia surgeons in Indiana, our GVS Elkhart clinic experts answer your most-asked questions.

What Kind of Doctor Repairs Hernias?

A board-certified general surgeon is qualified to perform hernia repairs. Some surgeons, such our Elkhart Surgical Practice surgeons, specialize in hernia repair. Typically they will be able to offer different types of hernia procedures, which you can read more about below.

What Types of Hernia Surgeries are Available Through GVS?

Our Elkhart hernia surgeons most commonly perform three types of hernia surgeries: laparoscopic, advanced-robotic, and open hernia repairs. Laparoscopic hernia surgery and advanced-robotic hernia repair are more advanced procedures, with smaller incisions and reduced recovery times. Open hernia surgery is a more traditional approach to repairing hernias and require longer recovery periods.

How do I Prepare for My Hernia Surgery?

Your GVS Elkhart surgeon will provide you with instructions prior to your hernia surgery. Typically however, the following pre-surgery steps are recommended:

  • Abstain from eating or drinking six hours prior to your procedure
  • Shower with an antibacterial soap
  • Shave the incision site (if needed)
  • Brush your teeth without the aid of a mouthwash
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes that are comfortable
  • Leave jewelry at home

What is the Typical Hernia Surgery Recovery Time?

Individual recovery time varies, especially depending on what type of hernia surgery you have. Typically, however, laparoscopic and advanced-robotic surgery recovery can last anywhere from one to two weeks. Open surgery recovery time is closer to three weeks.

Is There a Way to Encourage a Safe and Rapid Hernia Repair Recovery?

Yes! It’s important to follow the post-surgical recommendations of your hernia surgeon. It’s equally vital to report any signs of infection or problems immediately to avoid complications. Make sure to not lift anything heavy (upwards of 10 pounds until you are cleared by your doctor). And, get plenty of rest!

Do you have another question you’d like to ask? Consult with our physicians now! Or, call us to learn more at 574-236-1888—it’s time!

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500 Arcade Ave., Suite 320
Elkhart, IN 46514