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Hernia - Questions to ask your doctor

BMJ Group Medical Reference

If you've been told you have a hernia, you may want to talk to your doctor to find out more.

Here are some questions that you might want to ask.

Questions about your diagnosis

  • What type of hernia do I have?

  • Why do I have a hernia?

  • Is it OK to push my hernia back into my abdomen?

Questions about your treatment

  • Do I need surgery straight away, or can I wait?

  • What will happen if I don't have my hernia repaired?

  • How will you repair my hernia?

  • How many hernia repairs do you do each year?

  • What are the pros and cons of the different ways to repair a hernia?

  • Am I suitable for keyhole surgery?

  • What type of anaesthetic will I need?

  • What are the risks of surgery? How likely are they?

  • What happens if I've got a hernia on both sides of my groin?

  • How long will I need to stay in hospital?

  • What's the risk that my hernia will come back?

Questions about what happens after surgery

  • Can I expect any problems or side effects after my operation?

  • How should I care for my wound? Can I get it wet?

  • How quickly can I get back to my usual activities (work, sport, sex, housework, shopping)?

  • Should I avoid doing certain things? How long should I avoid these?

  • Do I need a check-up? When?

  • Are there things I can do to stop my hernia coming back?

Glossary

anaesthetic

An anaesthetic is a chemical that blocks the ability to feel sensations like pain or heat. A local anaesthetic blocks the feeling in a specific area of the body. For example, your dentist uses a local anaesthetic like lignocaine in your gums so that you don't feel the pain of having a cavity filled. A general anaesthetic makes you completely unconscious and is usually used only in a carefully controlled environment like an operating room.

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Citations

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Last Updated: October 07, 2013
This information does not replace medical advice.  If you are concerned you might have a medical problem please ask your Boots pharmacy team in your local Boots store, or see your doctor.
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