Your doctor can answer many questions about hernia repair surgery, but do you know what to ask? Here is a helpful list of questions that you can bring to your consultation with your doctor.

  1. What type of hernia do I have?
  2. What kind of surgery do you recommend and why?
  3. What is your experience with the recommended surgery?
  4. What are the risks and side effects of this surgery?
  5. What is the anticipated outcome?
  6. What are my options for anesthesia?
  7. Will my surgery require a hospital stay?
  8. How will I feel after surgery?
  9. Will I need pain medication?
  10. How much time should I allow for recovery?
  11. What kind of incision will I have?
  12. How should I care for my incision after surgery?
  13. When will I see you for follow-up care after surgery?
  14. Is there a chance my hernia will recur?
  15. When will I be able to return to my normal activities or to work?
  16. Will my medical insurance cover all charges from you and the hospital?