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Our renowned hernia team treats all types of hernias. To learn more about our hernia services at the Lichtenstein Hernia Institute, call 310-319-4080.

What to expect

Your initial consultation
At your initial consultation, we will discuss your symptoms and presentation, examine you and present options for management and repair. The benefits and risks of each procedure will be discussed with you. Resources are available on our website to help answer any additional questions. You may contact us by phone or email should other questions arise.

Your choice
When it comes to deciding which type of operation you prefer, we will give you plenty of time to ask questions and make up your own mind. You are free to decide on the method of repair up until the time of surgery.

Before surgery
You will receive a letter containing details of what you need to do to prepare for surgery. For most patients, this will include details on where to go, what time to arrive, when you will be able to leave the hospital and anything you will need to bring with you. You will also be informed of the last time you can safely eat and drink prior to surgery. Typically, a pre-operative clearance from your primary physician is recommended.

The day of the procedure
On the day of surgery, before you go to the operating room, you will be seen by your surgeon, the anesthesiologist and the operating room nursing staff. Your surgeon will explain the procedure and you can ask any questions you might have. We will do everything we can to help you feel safe and comfortable.

After the operation
Most patients will go home the same day. A few patients require a longer hospital stay. If this is the case, your surgeon and the surgical team will see you daily until you are well enough to go home.

Experts around the clock
Following discharge, you will always have access to expert medical advice and can contact the hospital, the surgical team, or your surgeon at any time. If you have any concerns, it is important you let us know since we can often address any issues or problems over the phone or arrange for you to be seen, day or night.