What to expect on the day of surgery and after?

On the day of surgery, you are required to come to the hospital approximately 90 minutes before your scheduled operation. This is necessary to allow time for you to change, have an intravenous started, speak with the nurses, anesthesiologist and me. I suggest you wear loose comfortable clothing.

Surgery can take approximately 1 hour for a single hernia. Depending on the complexity of the hernia and its size, surgery may take more or less time.

Most people spend 1- 2 hours recovering from surgery in the hospital.

Once home, it is important to stay ahead of any pain or discomfort. 90% of our patients successfully treat their post-operative pain with Tylenol and Ibuprofen (aka Advil, Motrin) alone. Some patients also require opioid pain medication after surgery. Most people will feel the most discomfort over the first 48 hours after surgery. This is typically the time when there is the most swelling and black and blue discoloration.

By 2 weeks, almost everyone is back doing everything they did before surgery.


About Dr. Reinhorn & Dr. Fullington

Dr. Michael Reinhorn is a specialist in inguinal hernia and umbilical hernia.  Dr. Reinhorn started his practice as a full service general surgeon in 2001. In 2012 Dr. Reinhorn started to focus on the care of hernia and pilonidal patients. In 2020, Dr. Nora Fullington was recruited from her work as a general surgeon performing hundreds of laparoscopic hernia repairs to Boston Hernia. Together with their physician assistant team, they provide a focused practice designed to provide a superior clinical experience. The team performs approximately 700 hernia surgeries every year and offers a tailored approach for each patient from anesthesia type to consideration of mesh and no mesh repairs, laparoscopic and open surgery. We have published outcomes and continue to participate in hernia and surgery societies.  Our research led to a reduction in opioid prescribing after hernia surgery. Currently, Dr. Reinhorn serves as the chair of the Opioid Reduction Task Force of the Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative.