Sedation During Hernia Surgery

At the Columbia Hernia Center, virtually all inguinal hernia repairs are conducted using a conscious sedation anesthesia technique in which local anesthetic is injected into the area, and intravenous anesthetic is used to create a sedated, relaxed state.

Ventral and incisional hernias are unique in their surgical management and may require general anesthesia. The Hernia Center is oriented to managing these more complex or recurrent conditions as well as more routine hernias.

Post Surgical Experience

Patients may expect to resume normal activity within a week of hernia surgery. Inguinal hernia surgery patients are able to go home the same day, while ventral surgery patients sometimes stay one night in the hospital.