This is surgery in which a surgeon repairs a bulging in the groin area through a cut, or incision, made in the groin.
An open inguinal hernia repair is surgery in which a surgeon repairs a bulging in the groin area through a cut, or incision made in the groin. The bulging is caused by a gap in some of the tissue that supports other parts of the body (connective tissue). The bulging in the groin is called an inguinal hernia.
An inguinal hernia repair may be needed if the hernia is painful or stops you from participating in your normal activities. An open inguinal hernia repair may be necessary if the hernia is large or there are complications. If surgery is necessary, prior to the surgery you should tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before surgery. These may include:
If you are a smoker, you should quit. Smoking can interfere with your recovery.
During your surgery, you will receive anesthesia to keep you comfortable and pain free.
You will most likely go home the day of your surgery. However, some people need to stay in the hospital overnight.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having an open inguinal hernia repair?
After your surgery, you should know what you had done, what medication was given and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider. You should also understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans. Do not forget to arrange for transportation to and from the facility and help at home.
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