Patient Information

Preparing for Surgery

Your surgeon will go over specific instructions with you prior to surgery. General instructions often include:

  • Review your medications with your physician prior to the date of the surgery. You may be instructed not to take certain ones the morning of your hernia repair. Your physician may also instruct you not to eat or drink after a certain time prior to your surgery.
  • Smoking cessation is always recommended. Smoking can cause problems with recovery in regards to slow healing and increased risk of infection.
  • You should clean the area before surgery. Some physicians may suggest that you use an antibacterial soap. Do not shave the area unless you are told to do so.
  • Arrange to have a family or friend drive you home after surgery. The medications used during surgery may cause drowsiness.


Your surgeon will go over what you can expect after surgery and any specific instructions regarding return to work and daily activity. General instructions often include:

  • You may experience some pain, swelling, and/or bruising in the days following your surgery.
  • It is important to your recovery that you are up and walking as soon as you feel able- this help to prevent blood clots and speeds up the healing process.
  • Be sure to attend your follow up appointment. This allows your surgeon to track progress and answer any questions you may have.

Call your physicians office if you have any questions or concerns following your surgery.