How To Prepare For Umbilical Hernia Surgery

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It is normal for you to feel anxious and not know what to do before surgery. Whether it is a minor or a major surgery, you will have some level of uncertainty as you don’t know what to expect from it.

Hernias are very common and are fairly easy to treat today. And in the hands of an expert surgeon, the procedure will be done before you even know it. So there is nothing for you to worry about.

But there are some precautions you can take to better your surgery and speed up your recovery process. These tips will help with your surgery and keep your overall health from getting affected by its aftermath.

Top 8 Things to do while preparing for Hernia Surgery

Below are some tips you can follow if you are going to undergo an umbilical hernia surgery in the coming days. These tips will ensure that you will be at your best during the surgery and recover soon after.

1. Avoid Alcohol and Tobacco

It’s crucial to abstain from alcohol and smoking a few days before your surgery. Both of them can interfere with your body’s healing ability and increase the risk of complications during or after surgery.

This period of abstinence contributes to a healthier, more responsive body during and after the surgery.

2. Start Eating Healthy, light Food

Opting for a diet rich in nutrients and easy on the digestive system aids in preparing the body for surgery. Add fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains to your meals.

Also, drink more water and keep your body hydrated all the time. This supports overall health and provides essential nutrients required for optimal recovery, Your doctor will instruct you on your diet before and after hernia repair.

3. Cut down on over-the-counter herbs

Certain herbs and supplements can impact blood clotting and anesthesia. It’s advisable to cut down on over-the-counter herbs and supplements in the weeks leading up to surgery. Consult with your healthcare provider to identify which supplements should be temporarily discontinued.

4. Stop taking certain medicines to avoid Bleeding

Certain medications, such as blood thinners, can increase the risk of bleeding during surgery. It’s best to follow your healthcare provider’s guidance on temporarily stopping these medications before the scheduled surgery date. This step minimizes the risk of complications during the procedure.

5. Wear Comfortable Clothes on the day of Surgery

Opt for loose, comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the surgical site on the day of surgery. This facilitates a smoother pre-surgery preparation process and ensures comfort as you transition into the post-surgery recovery phase.

6. Medical Insurance

Understanding your medical insurance coverage is vital before undergoing hernia surgery. Confirm the details of your insurance plan, including coverage for the surgical procedure, associated costs, and any out-of-pocket expenses. This proactive step helps manage expectations and ensures financial preparedness.

7. Prepare yourself Mentally

Mental preparation is a crucial aspect of getting ready for surgery. Acknowledge any anxieties or concerns you may have and communicate them with your healthcare team. Consider incorporating relaxation techniques, meditation, or mindfulness practices to cultivate a positive and calm mindset before the surgery.

8. Have a Caretaker

Having a caretaker to assist you after surgery is recommended. Whether it’s a family member, friend, or hired caregiver, having someone available to support, help with daily tasks, and ensure a smooth recovery contributes significantly to your overall well-being.


Preparing for umbilical hernia surgery involves a multifaceted approach encompassing physical, nutritional, and emotional aspects. Following these eight essential steps lays the foundation for a more comfortable and successful surgical experience.

Remember, open communication with your healthcare team is essential to ensure you are well-informed and confident as you embark on the journey to improved health.


1. What should you not do before an umbilical hernia surgery?

Here are some things patients should not do before an umbilical hernia surgery. 1.Don’t drink or eat anything the night before the surgery 2.Take a shower before you come for your surgery 3.Don’t apply perfumes, body lotions, nail polish, or deodorants before the surgery.

2. Is umbilical surgery very painful?

No, an umbilical hernia surgery is not painful. The surgery will be performed under general anesthesia. So, you will mostly be unconscious and feel no pain during the procedure.

3. What are some recovery tips for umbilical hernia surgery?

With the help of modern technology, you can mostly resume your daily normal activities around 2 days after the surgery. Doing mild exercises like walking can keep your body active and help speed up recovery. Avoid doing strenuous exercises or heavy lifting for some weeks after the surgery.

Dr. K. Amilthan MBBS., MS., FMAS., FALS.

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Dr. Amilthan

Dr. Amilthan is a renowned laparoscopic hernia surgeon based in Chennai, with over 20 years of experience in general surgery. He completed his MBBS and MS in General Surgery at Kilpauk Medical College and Government Royapettah Hospital in Chennai.

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