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Before Hernia Surgery

The week before surgery

  • If you regularly use blood thinners or aspirin, you should talk to your family doctor (primary care physician, or PCP) and surgeon to discuss temporarily stopping these medications before surgery. Some patients will need an alternative blood thinner before the procedure. In general, do not take any aspirin or any medications containing aspirin, as it can cause excessive bleeding at the time of surgery. You may take acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain.
  • Do not take diet medications, the herbal supplement St. John's Wort, or Vitamin E.
  • If you have a heart condition and take heart medication, please call the Hernia Surgery Center at (603) 650-8113 to discuss your condition.

The day of your surgery

  • Do not eat anything after midnight before your surgery. If you are required to take medications, take them with only a sip of water.
  • Please shower the night before, or the morning of, your surgery. This reduces the chance of infection during surgery.
  • You do not need to shave your groin region before coming to the hospital for your surgery.
  • You will not be alert enough to drive on your own after your surgery, so make sure a family member or friend can take you home from the hospital.

Some hernia operations are performed on an outpatient basis, which means that you will return home the same day of your surgery. In some cases, a patient may need to stay in the hospital overnight, especially for repair of a ventral hernia.

Ask your doctor how much time you should plan to take off work because of your surgery.

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