PreOp Patient Education
Monday, August 15, 2022

Audio Presentation

Hernia Repair - Inguinal


  Your Body
  Medical Record
  Before Surgery
  Your Procedure
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Your doctor understands that all medical care benefits from close collaboration between physician and patient -- so be sure to review, with your doctor, all risks and alternatives and make sure you understand the reasons behind the recommendation for this particular procedure.

Now let's talk in detail about the procedure your doctor has recommended. That particular recommendation was based on a number of factors:

  • the state of your health,

  • the severity of your condition,

  • an assessment of alternative treatments or procedures and finally,

  • the risks associated with doing nothing at all.

And remember, the final decision is up to you. No one can force you to undergo a surgical procedure against your will.

When it comes to treating a hernia, surgery is almost always the safest and most comfortable option.
When it comes to treating a hernia, surgery is almost always the safest and most comfortable option.

The only alternatives to surgery are trusses and surgical belts. These are support devices worn like undergarments. They work by exerting pressure on the hernia to keep it from extending outward.

The problems with these devices are that they are often uncomfortable and they may not prevent the hernia from increasing in size. But most importantly, they may not protect against the serious complications which can follow the development of an irreducible or strangulated hernia.

Because of these risks, it is rare these days for a physician to recommend any treatment other than surgical repair for hernia.

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