What Should I Do Before a Hernia Surgery?

Q:
What should I do before a hernia surgery?

A:
A few days before surgery:

  • Your surgeon may order an exam consisting of blood tests, an EKG (electrocardiogram), and a chest X-ray to be sure your heart and lungs are in good condition.
  • You may be instructed to stop taking some over-the-counter medications for a week to 10 days before surgery, such as aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil).
  • You may also be given a prescription for pain medication to take after surgery, in case you need it.

Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

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