Five Frequently Asked Questions About Hernia Surgery

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with a hernia requiring surgical repair, you likely have a lot of questions. When can you resume normal activity after surgery? What are the do’s and don’ts after inguinal hernia surgery? These queries and similar frequently asked questions about hernia surgery are often asked of our General and Vascular Surgery surgeons. And who better to answer them, than Michiana’s most trusted, experienced physician-owned surgical practice?

Five Questions to Ask About Hernia Surgery (and the Answers!)

Whether you have already been diagnosed with a hernia, or suspect you may need surgery for one, preparing a few questions to ask during your consultation can help put your mind at ease and provide valuable insight. 

Take a look at five common questions fielded by our GVS board-certified hernia surgeons:

  • A surgeon holds a square piece of hernia repair mesh on a pair of surgical scissors.My surgeon mentioned the need for hernia mesh. What is it and why is it required?

Surgical mesh used for hernia repair is quite common. In fact, as of 2000, fewer than 10% of groin hernia repairs were performed without the use of mesh implants. The surgical mesh helps to reduce the development of another hernia after surgery. It also reinforces and strengthens the damaged area in need of repair. 

  • Is recovery from hernia surgery with mesh different than hernia repair without mesh?

For many patients, surgical mesh reduces the actual time required in surgery and helps decrease post-surgery recovery time.  

  • What is the difference between an open hernia repair and a laparoscopic hernia surgery?

An open hernia repair requires an incision to allow the surgeon to put the bulging tissue back in place (with or without the aid of hernia repair mesh). Alternately, minuscule surgical tools and a small incision is required for laparoscopic hernia surgery. Laparoscopic hernia repair is considered minimally-invasive, often reduces recovery time, and has less chance of producing post-surgery infection

  • How do I know which surgery is right for me?

Our GVS surgeons perform thousands of hernia surgeries every year! And, our close-to-perfect patient satisfaction scores reinforce our commitment to personalized treatment and care. During your consultation, your hernia surgeon will ensure that the surgical plan in place will be optimal for your health, safety, and recovery. 

  • What are the do’s and don’ts after inguinal hernia surgery?

Since inguinal hernias are the most common type of hernia, the do’s and don’ts of post-surgery are extremely important to follow for best outcomes.

When it comes to “do.” Allow yourself one to two weeks before returning to work, two to three weeks before resuming normal activities, and be sure to follow ALL of your surgeon’s post-operative recovery nutrition, exercise, and overall personal care guidelines. 

When it comes to “dont’s.” Avoid lifting anything over 10 pounds for four to six weeks (or otherwise instructed by your surgeon), don’t have sexual activity prior to 14 days, or strain during bowel movements (continue to consume as much fiber as your surgeon directs).

Commitment to Answers and Education

At GVS we always encourage questions and hold the highest commitment to educating patients. 

You are bound to find a wealth of information on the GVS website, but if you have a specific question, call us any time at 574-236-1888. Or, if you suspect you have a hernia set up a consultation now for FREE!

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