Simple (But Important) Things to Know About Hernia Surgery

If you suspect you have a hernia or have already been diagnosed with one, you’re not alone. According to statistics, hernias are quite common, with inguinal hernias being the most frequent, accounting for 75% of all abdominal wall hernias.

At General and Vascular Surgery (GVS), we routinely help people just like you, by providing specialized, patient-centered care. We are here to answer your questions regarding hernia surgery and to make sure you feel comfortable and informed about your procedure. Take a look at some of the frequently asked questions we receive at GVS regarding hernias and the next steps for preparing for your surgery.

Answering Your FAQs About Hernia Repair Surgery

If hernia surgery has been recommended to you, you likely have several questions. Take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about hernia procedures and recovery below.

How long can you wait to have hernia surgery?

The answer depends. Some physicians may suggest a “wait-and-watch approach” if a hernia is asymptomatic. But, because hernias do not heal on their own, it’s likely that surgery will eventually be required. This is why it’s always important to consult with an expert specializing in hernia repair. In certain cases—such as an obstructed hernia—delaying surgery can be extremely dangerous and even life-threatening.

Are there different hernia surgery types?

Yes. Inguinal hernia surgery, for example, focuses on repairing a protrusion created by an organ that has slipped through the abdominal wall. Alternately, a hiatal hernia surgery repair involves pulling the stomach down into the abdomen, requiring surgery in the chest area (versus the abdomen).

In addition to different surgeries based on the type of hernia, there are also different surgical approaches. Open surgery, for example, requires larger incisions, whereas minimally invasive surgical techniques can be performed laparoscopically, with little scarring. Your surgeon will be able to tell you which surgical approach is best for you.

What is hernia surgery recovery time?

The recovery period largely varies, based on what type of surgery was performed. Your overall health, along with other factors, will also determine how long your recovery lasts. Typically, however, such as in the case of inguinal hernia surgery recovery time, most people resume light activity (like going back to work) within three to five days after surgery.

How much does hernia surgery cost?

The answer depends. Fees for hernia surgery vary depending on the region you live in and the particular surgeon you choose. Your out-of-pocket expenses will also depend upon whether you have insurance, and what type of medical coverage you have. The surgical practice you choose to partner with will be able to help you determine surgery cost(s) prior to committing to a surgery date.

To learn more about hernia surgery, set up a consultation. Or, call us any time with questions at 574-236-1888.

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