What happens before the ventral hernia operation?
Your surgeon will discuss the various types of operation and anesthesia available and then suggest what is best suitable to you. Before
surgery, an evaluation of your general state of health, including a medical history and physical examination is performed. You will be
asked to perform some routine investigations (blood tests, chest x-ray, ECG etc.). After your surgeon discusses all the potential risks
and benefits of the operation, you will need to sign a written informed consent form for surgery.
The costing will be discussed with you, depending on the type (class) of hospital room you choose to stay in (e.g. general ward,
twin-sharing, single, deluxe, suite etc.) and the choice of mesh. In case your medical insurance company or your employer is covering your
medical expenses, you will have to get the necessary paperwork sorted out and sanctioned before admission.
Certain medicines such as aspirin, blood thinners, anti-inflammatory medications (arthritis medications) require to be stopped temporarily
for 5-7 days prior to surgery, after consultation with your surgeon.
Quit smoking and arrange for any help you may need at home. Request a friend or relative to accompany you to hospital and take you home
What anesthesia is used for a ventral hernia?
An abdominal wall hernia can be repaired under general, regional or local anesthesia. During the surgery, an anesthesiologist (a physician
who specializes in anesthesia and pain relief) will recommend a type of anesthesia according to your condition and health status. Most
ventral hernias are repaired under general anesthesia. You will not feel pain during the surgery.
What is involved in the ventral hernia operation?
You will be admitted on the morning of surgery (or on the previous night). You will be requested not to eat or drink anything for about 8
hours before surgery. The area to be operated upon may require to be shaved. It is recommended that you shower the night before and on the
morning of the surgery. If you are constipated or have difficulties moving your bowels, an enema or laxative may be used after consulting
with your surgeon. You will be given medications (e.g. antibiotics, pain killers etc.) during your hospital stay.
What are the different surgical options for ventral hernia?
Different methods of surgical methods are available for the repair of an abdominal wall hernia. The aim of all these methods is the same,
but the approach differs, depending on whether it is performed by keyhole surgery (laparoscopy) or by conventional
methods (open repair).