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Hernia's > What preparation is required for surgery?

Most hernia operations are performed on an outpatient basis, and therefore you will probably go home on the same day that the operation is performed.

Preoperative preparation includes blood work, medical evaluation, chest x-ray and an EKG depending on your age and medical condition.

After your surgeon reviews with you the potential risks and benefits of the operation, you will need to provide written consent for surgery.

It is recommended that you shower the night before or morning of the operation.

If you have difficulties moving your bowels, an enema or similar preparation may be used after consulting with your surgeon.

After midnight the night before the operation, you should not eat or drink anything except medications that your surgeon has told you are permissible to take with a sip of water the morning of surgery.

Drugs such as aspirin, blood thinners, anti-inflammatory medications (arthritis medications) and Vitamin E will need to be stopped temporarily for several days to a week prior to surgery.

Diet medication or St. John’s Wort should not be used for the two weeks prior to surgery.

Quit smoking and arrange for any help you may need at home. You will need someone to drive you home after your surgery.

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