Inguinal Hernia FAQ Detroit

Inguinal Hernia Repair

  1. Which approach is better, open or laparoscopic ?
    It depends on the individual. You will discuss this during your visit. Briefly, first time inguinal hernia limited to one side is done via open approach through a small incision. Bilateral (hernia on both left and right sides) and Recurrent inguinal hernias (one or both sides) are often done laparoscopically.
  2. How long does the procedure ususally take?
    Most inguinal hernia repairs take less than an hour. You will likely be at the hospital for about 4 hours total.
  3. How many has Dr. Chengelis peformed?
    Several hundred.
  4. How much pain should one expect?
    Pain can differ between people.
    Younger men tend to have more pain than older men.
    All patients will need oral pain medication.
    Frequently, Ibuprofen every 6 hours is recommend.
    Vicodin every 4-6 hours as needed for about a week.
    Do not take Vicodin and Tylenol at the same time.
    Take a stool softner the first few days.
    Ice the first 24 hours is helpful.
  5. How long do I need to take off work?
    A desk job, about a week. A job with heavy lifting, 3-6 weeks.
  6. When can I exercise again?
    Usually a minimum of 2 -3 weeks.
  7. When can I drive?
    When you are comfortable and not taking any narcotic pain medication. 5-7 days is common.
  8. Is Bruising common?
    Bruising and swellling is not uncommon but will resolve. In men, it often involves the scrotum and penis.
  9. What is the care of my incision?
    Usually, any incision is closed with absorbable suture beneath the skin and then covered with Steri-strips. You may shower the day after surgery and get the Steri-strips wet but avoid a bath for a week. The Strips usually remain in place until removed during your post operative visit.
  10. When do I see the surgeon after surgery?
    Routine post operative visit to the office should be scheduled promptly by the patient for approximately two weeks after the surgery.