A Guide on Hernia Surgery

There are five major types of hernias: inguinal, incisional, femoral, umbilical, and hiatal. A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue pushes its way through muscles or connective tissue.

A hernia won’t resolve on their own and require surgery to repair. If you’re considering surgery, you might feel a little anxious. Information is the best way to ease your mind. Here’s a look at the most commonly asked questions about hernia surgery:

What Is Hernia Surgery?

Hernia surgery is performed to place a section of an organ or fatty tissue into the space where it’s meant to be. This surgery can be done in the traditional “open” method, or in some cases, laparoscopically to minimize scarring, trauma to the body, and facilitate a faster recovery time. Your doctor will access your condition and discuss your best course of action.

How Long Does Hernia Surgery Take?

Depending on the type of hernia, and the surgical method used, hernia surgery can take between 45 minutes to two hours to complete.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From Hernia Surgery?

Once again, it depends on the type of hernia and surgical method. If you have a traditional “open” surgery, you should be recovered enough to resume light activities in around three weeks and more strenuous ones in six weeks.  With laparoscopic surgery, you can expect to recover in around half the time as traditional surgery.

What Are the Do’s and Don’t’s After Inguinal Surgery?

There aren’t any major restrictions after inguinal surgery. You can resume your normal activities as long as you don’t experience any pain. In fact, resuming your normal activities will help aid the healing process.

What’s the Best Sleep Position After an Umbilical Hernia Repair?

After an umbilical hernia repair, it’s best to sleep with your upper body raised above the rest. If you normally sleep on your side, you can discuss it with your doctor and get permission to do so as long as you use a support mechanism, such as a pillow tucked between your knees.

Why Is My Stomach Bigger After Hernia Surgery?

This is due to swelling in the abdominal wall after surgery. It’s typically caused by the bulging mesh. It should resolve itself in a few days. If it doesn’t, contact your doctor.

How Much Does Hernia Surgery Cost?

Several factors go into the cost of hernia surgery, such as the type of hernia and type of surgery. In some cases, you can have the surgery done as outpatient surgery, while others require hospitalization.

In the United States, the national average for hernia surgery is around $7,750 with a range of $3,900 to $12,500 or more. For outpatient surgery, the average is around $6,400 while inpatient surgery runs around $11,500.

Is Hernia Surgery Painful?

You can expect to feel some pain and discomfort after hernia surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is less invasive and may offer less pain and discomfort than traditional surgery.

When you experience pain and discomfort, it’s essential to discuss it with your doctor. They can prescribe medication to help alleviate the worst of your pain.

Is Hernia Surgery Dangerous?

Although hernia surgery is common, it’s still considered major surgery, and all major surgeries come with risks. Infection and bleeding are the most common complications following a hernia repair. However, the risk of these complications is reduced with laparoscopic hernia repair.

The risks of complications after surgery vary depending on the type of hernia. For example, an inguinal hernia repair might lead to problems with urination and require a tube to be placed in your bladder for up to a week.

The specific risks for your type of hernia surgery need to be discussed with your doctor. You want to make a list of questions and make sure you get an answer to all of them.

How Long Can You Wait to Have Hernia Surgery?

Again, it depends on the type of hernia, and also, the size of it. Some people can wait months or years before having hernia surgery a small hernia that isn’t presenting with many symptoms. However, the longer you wait for surgery increases the chance that the hernia will grow and become more painful.

Delaying surgery may create other problems, such as incarceration, where the hernia gets encapsulated by the connective tissue, increasing the risks during surgery or even the type of surgery available to you. Another factor to consider is your age. If you wait for surgery, your health might decline, increasing the risks and recovery time.

A hernia will not resolve without surgical intervention.  When you’re diagnosed with a hernia, it’s a good idea to discuss the possible timeframe before you must have the surgical procedure done.

How Long After Hernia Surgery Can You Have Sex?

Depending on the type of hernia and the selected type of surgical procedure, your doctor might advise you to wait a couple of days or weeks before resuming sexual activity.  With laparoscopic surgery, it might only be a couple of days.

However, hernia surgery is major surgery. After the surgery and anesthesia, you might feel groggy and lack your normal energy level, which means you might not even be interested in having sex in the first few days or weeks.

What Can You Expect After Hernia Surgery?

It depends on the type of hernia and the surgical procedure used to correct it. If the procedure is done as an outpatient procedure, you can expect to go home within two to three hours of surgery. Inpatient surgery for a hernia repair can lead to an overnight stay or a couple of days.

You can expect some soreness and discomfort along with swelling in the area. You might feel tired and foggy if your surgery was done under anesthesia. With most hernia surgeries, the doctor expects you to be up and moving the next day.

The idea of any surgery, including hernia surgery, can be unsettling. However, your doctor should be able to answer all of your questions and help ease your concerns. At Orange County Robotic General Surgery, our team is ready to help make the process easier. Contact us today to learn more.