Frequently Asked Questions About Hernia Surgery

What is Hernia?

A hernia is an abnormal exit of an organ or tissue through the abdominal wall in the groin area. It can result from a congenital disability or occur as the muscle experiences acute or repetitive stress or anxiety. 

Is It Dangerous to Ignore Hernia? 

Generally, hernias gradually increase in size if not treated at the proper time. Sometimes, hernias can get very painful, which can demand an ambulance as well as immediate emergency surgery. If not treated on time, the consequences could be extreme. 

How do I Schedule Hernia Surgery? 

Your hernia surgeon will help you to schedule your hernia surgery after consultation.

My Surgeon Mentioned Hernia Mesh. What Is It and Is It Necessary? 

The use of surgical mesh for hernia treatment is widespread. It helps to reduce the growth of another hernia after the surgery. 

How Does Hernia Mesh Work?

Hernia mesh strengthens tissue around the hernia. Surgeons connect it with staples, sutures, or tacks. Over time the tissue develops into the mesh’s pores which reinforces the repair. 

Is Recovery from Hernia Surgery with the Help of Hernia Mesh is Different from Hernia Treatment Without Mesh? 

For most hernia patients, mesh reduces the actual time required for hernia surgery and helps to reduce the post-surgery recovery time. 

What are the Most Common Difficultiesof Hernia Mesh Surgery? 

The five most common complications are – 

  • Pain 
  • Infection 
  • Adhesion (the hernia mesh gets stuck to an internal organ) 
  • Recurrence (the hernia returning)
  • Bowel obstruction 

What is the Difference Between A Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery and An Open HerniaSurgery?

For laparoscopic hernia surgery, a small incision and minuscule surgical tool are required. This surgery is considered slightly invasive, has less chance of producing post-surgery infections and often decreases recovery time. Alternatively, an open hernia surgery requires an incision to let the surgeon put the protruding tissue back in place with or without the help of the hernia mesh.

How Do I Know Which Surgery Is Best for Me? 

Before consulting any hernia surgeon, check their reviews and experience. Also, during your consultation, your surgeon will ensure that the surgical plan in place will be optimal for your health. 

Will I be Able to Drive After My Surgery? 

Hernia surgeons generally suggest hernia mesh patients rest for few days after the surgery as sitting or getting in and out of the car may cause pain or any other issues. Hence, the patients should not drive until the wound heals. 

Most hernia patients are usually able to drive within a few days. However, patients should not drive if they are consuming painkillers or any other sedatives. 

Most hernia patients are usually able to drive within a few days. However, patients should not drive if they are consuming painkillers or any other sedatives. 

Will Hernia Mesh Affect Future X-Rays and MRIs? 

Different hernia meshes affect imaging techniques in different ways. For example, some meshes are invisible to some devices, whereas others will show up in any imaging device. So, it would help if you ask your hernia surgeon how their mesh interacts with imaging devices.