Preparation for surgery starts with a medical history and a physical examination to confirm the diagnosis. In some cases, imaging tests are ordered for diagnosis or to help plan surgery. The potential risks and benefits of surgery are discussed, as well the planned surgical and anesthetic technique. This is the best opportunity for you to ask any questions you may still have.
Once a course of action is decided upon, preoperative tests may be ordered, a tentative date for surgery is scheduled, and you are instructed on the steps needed to prepare for the operation. Most hernia repairs require complete fasting, including liquids, starting from midnight before the day of the operation. In some cases, bowel cleansing is also prescribed.
On the day of surgery, you will meet a surgical nurse, your surgeon and an anesthesiologist in the preoperative area and any additional questions can be answered before you are asked to give written consent for the operation. A nurse or the surgeon will then take you to the operating room for the procedure.
To make an appointment with one of our surgeons at the Beth Israel Hernia Center, please call 212.844.1555.
If you have questions about the Hernia Center and our doctors please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are glad to answer your questions but please do not send pictures of your hernia to the center.