During the Surgery:
- An anesthesiologist (a physician who specializes in pain relief) will recommend a type of anesthesia according to your condition and health status. You will not feel pain during the surgery.
- A small incision or cut is made in the skin.
- The hernia “sac” containing the bulging intestine is identified.
- The surgeon pushes the intestine inside the hernia sac back into its proper position behind the muscle wall.
- The muscle wall is reinforced with stitches or synthetic mesh to complete the repair.
After the Surgery:
Most patients will be able to go home a few hours after surgery. If needed, a 23 hour extended recovery area is available. Typically, most patients feel fine within a few days after the surgery and resume normal eating habits and activities. Strenuous activity and exercise are restricted for four to six weeks after surgery.