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Hernia Repair

The specialists at Hernia Center Los Angeles have considerable experience with hernia repair and an unwavering commitment to providing the highest quality of patient care.

Why Choose Hernia Center Los Angeles?

At Hernia Center Los Angeles, we pride ourselves on recommending to our patients the best hernia repair procedures for them. Because of the depth and breadth of our surgeons, you won't have to settle for a certain type of procedure because that is what a single surgeon does best.

Our hernia surgeons believe that since it's your surgery, you should be empowered to make decisions about your treatment. Make no mistake: our doctors will make recommendations and suggestions to you about your hernia repair. But they will also explain to you fully the reasons for their recommendations, and you can be certain that those reasons will be medically sound and based on your needs, not their convenience.

Preparing for Hernia Surgery

The most important step in preparing for hernia surgery is getting to know your doctor during a consultation. During this appointment, your hernia surgeon will conduct a physical examination, ultrasound, and review of your medical history before educating you about your treatment options. It is our goal to help each of our patients make confident and informed decisions about their hernia surgery, so please don't hesitate to ask questions!

Your surgeon will give you instructions about how to prepare for your hernia repair procedure. You may be asked to fast before your surgery, and you may also be instructed to stop taking certain medications, vitamins, and supplements. You will certainly be instructed to stop smoking!

During your pre-surgical consultation, we will also help you establish realistic expectations for the recovery period after your surgery as well as instructions for wound care and limiting your activities.

How Hernia Repair Surgery Works

No two hernias are alike, so hernia surgery is different for each patient: your hernia surgeon will go over your unique procedure in detail. Still, there are some aspects of hernia surgery that are universal.

Thanks to advances in surgical technology, the great majority of hernia repair surgeries are rapid, outpatient procedures. Hernia surgery is performed under general anesthesia in our state-of-the-art surgical facility in Los Angeles. During this procedure, the surgeon will make a small, precise incision. The herniated tissues are gently put back into the proper position, then held in place with sutures or surgical mesh.1

Sometimes, hernia patients have a condition called “rectus diastasis,” which is when the muscles on either side of the abdomen separate. When this is the case, weaknesses in the abdominal wall can lead to a higher rate of hernia recurrence, so our hernia surgeons will repair the weakened area during the hernia repair procedure.

At Hernia Center Los Angeles, we always perform open surgery for hernia repair because we firmly believe it is in our patients' best interests. While some hernia surgeons tout benefits of laparoscopic or robotic surgery such as reduced scarring and a shorter recovery period, we have found that the recurrence rate is higher with minimally invasive hernia surgery. Our surgeons have extensive experience, and specialize in small incision surgery. This allows for the most effective hernia repair with reduced rates of recurrence.

Recovery After Hernia Surgery

Following your hernia surgery, we will make sure your pain is well managed and you will be monitored by our team for a short time before you are released to recover at home. You will have received instructions for the recovery period during your pre-surgical consultation, but we'll make sure you feel confident about your recovery before you go home. A nurse will teach you how to care for your incision, and you will receive a prescription for pain medication to help make your recovery more comfortable.

One of the most important things to keep in mind as you recover from hernia surgery is that you need to be patient and let your body heal at its own pace. Recovery time is different for each patient. Your surgeon will have you up and walking before you are discharged to go home, but you will need to refrain from strenuous activities and athletics for 4-6 weeks. Your hernia doctor will let you know when you can get back to your normal activities during one of your follow-up appointments.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hernia Repair

Is surgery necessary for my hernia?

In some cases, doctors may recommend a watch and wait approach for hernia patients. That said, the only way to truly repair a hernia is with surgery.

When is hernia surgery urgent?

Our patients are frequently able to schedule their hernia repair ahead, so they can make arrangements for time off work and enlist support for their recovery. However, if a hernia has become incarcerated or strangulated or if the patient is experiencing severe pain, emergency hernia surgery is necessary.3

What are the risks of hernia surgery?

Hernia repair is considered to be a safe surgical procedure, especially when performed by a highly experienced surgeon. However, there are risks and complications associated with any surgical procedure. Risks of hernia surgery may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Damage to nearby organs or tissues
  • Hernia recurrence3

Contact Us

If you have been diagnosed with a hernia, don't wait. Contact us to schedule an appointment with an expert surgeon at Hernia Center Los Angeles so you can learn more about your treatment options.

1 Cleveland Clinic. Hernia Repair Surgery. Available: Accessed May 2, 2023.
2 American Society of Anesthesiologists. Hernia Surgery. Available: Accessed May 2, 2023.
3 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Hernia Surgery Benefits, Risks, and What to Expect. Available: Accessed May 2, 2023.