Hernia Repair: What to Expect
Although choosing whether to undergo hernia repair can be a tough decision, it’s better to do so while it’s elective — and before it becomes an emergency.
If you’re considering hernia repair, you might be wondering what the process involves: Is hernia surgery painful? How long will it take to recover?
At Memorial Healthcare System, we aim to make the hernia treatment process as transparent as possible – answering any and all questions you may have at any point in the process.
Our Hernia Repair Process: Why Choose Us
Our hernia program offers a streamlined process that considers your needs every step of the way. Here’s what we offer:
- Time-saving approach: After you schedule an appointment, you’ll fill out a form with your symptoms and concerns. That way, we can create a tentative care plan that we’re able to discuss and fine-tune during and after your first appointment. This care plan allows us to spend more time treating you. And, because we have multiple surgeons, you can often schedule your surgery in a matter of weeks.
- Specialized team: Our whole team, from physician assistants to nurses to surgeons, focuses on hernia repair. Our surgeons collaborate on each patient’s case, so you’ll receive multiple opinions – minus the additional travel – when you come to us. Find the right hernia doctor for you.
- Advanced reconstruction techniques: If you have a large hernia, or have already had multiple hernia surgeries, you may need total abdominal wall reconstruction. We use advanced reconstruction techniques and aim to completely repair your abdominal wall with just one surgery. Read more about the types of hernias we treat or our hernia treatments and surgeries.
Hernia Surgery Recovery
While more than 50% of hernia surgeries in the U.S. are open, most of our surgeries are minimally invasive. Because we use a minimally invasive approach, our hernia surgery recovery times are often minimized.
With a traditional, open ventral hernia surgery, for example, patients usually spend three nights in the hospital. With our robotic approach, some patients can leave the same day.
Here’s what else you can expect while recovering from hernia surgery:
- Personalized experience: Memorial's hospitals often feel more like a private surgery center than a high-volume facility. And if you need to stay overnight after your treatment, you’ll stay in a private room.
- On-site, post-operative care: Though most of our surgeries are minimally invasive and don’t require a great deal of follow-up care, it’s easily accessible when you need it. Our wound care center offers a hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help speed the healing of open wounds. Plastic surgeons are also available to help complete your abdominal wall reconstruction.
- Easy access to surgeons: We’re here for you during your hernia surgery recovery. You can call our 24/7 helpline at any time, day or night, to speak to the hernia surgeon on call.
To schedule an appointment or learn more about our hernia and abdominal wall reconstruction program, call 954-276-0898.
If you’re a physician and would like to refer a patient to our hernia program, call 954-276-0898.