There are risks associated with any surgery. In rare circumstances this procedure may cause bleeding, infection, damage to the testicles or testicular function, urination difficulty or inability, numbness or pain in the groin or leg, mesh complications and anesthesia risks. Additionally, there is also the risk that the hernia may reoccur.
Preparing for Surgery
Prior to scheduling a date for surgery, you will have at least one meeting with your physician. At this meeting you should discuss the current medications, vitamins and other supplements that you are currently taking. You will most likely undergo a physical exam and discuss your medical history with your physician to ensure that you are healthy enough for surgery.
Your physician may also ask you to refrain from taking naproxen, aspirin, and ibuprofen if you are close to your surgery date. These medications tend to increase bleeding and therefore, should not be taken for approximately 7-10 days before surgery. Your physician will discuss your surgical options and let you know specifics about your surgery such as the level of anesthesia that is recommended as well as other precautions you should be aware of.
While your physician will review the entire list of precautions with you, below are some guidelines to adhere to:
- Make all transportation arrangements days before surgery. Be sure that you have an adult available to take you to and from the hospital.
- If your physician has provided you a prescription for pain medication, fill it prior to your surgery.
- Remember to wash the surgical area the night before your surgery.
- Do not eat or drink after midnight, the night before your surgery.
The Day of Surgery
One the day of your surgery, you'll most likely arrive at the hospital in the morning. You'll be asked to sign consent forms and then change into a hospital cap and gown. A nurse will take your blood pressure and you will be given an IV to provide fluids and medication. The surgical area will be scrubbed down and shaved if necessary, in order to prevent infection.
An anesthesiologist will meet with you in order to review and administer the type of anesthesia that you and your surgeon have decided on. Anesthesia ranges from monitored sedation to an overall general anesthetic that will allow you to remain asleep for the duration of the surgery. Again, this is a decision that you and your surgeon will make with the aid of the anesthesiologist prior to your surgery. Once your surgery is complete, you will transition to a recovery area. Your heart rate and your blood pressure will be monitored, and you will most likely be given pain medication for your comfort. After you are stable, you will be asked to walk around in order to reduce your risk of blood clots.