If you or your child needs surgery to repair an
inguinal hernia, answers to the following questions
will help you make the decision that is right for you.
Ask the surgeon how many hernia repairs he or she
has done using the type of surgery you will have. The risk of a hernia coming
back is lower with an experienced surgeon.
Ask whether a synthetic patch will be used to repair your hernia.
Patch use is becoming widespread in repairing hernias in adults. A patch may
strengthen your abdominal wall, reduce your discomfort after surgery, and
reduce the chance that your hernia repair will have to be done
Find out what kind of hernia repair is performed most at the
hospital or clinic. If laparoscopy or local anesthesia is being proposed, you
will want to know whether the doctor who will be giving the anesthesia
(anesthesiologist) and the surgical team are experienced in these areas.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery