General FAQs

How much does it cost to repair a hernia?

There is a wide range of costs for hernia repair and it depends on factors such as the type of hernia repaired, where the procedure is performed, and insurance coverage. The most expensive cost of hernia surgery is the facility (hospital or surgery center) and anesthesia. 

At Center for Hernia Repair, we have worked hard at minimizing all of the costs associated with surgery.

Is hernia surgery covered by insurance?

Insurance companies typically cover the costs of the facility where the surgery takes place (hospital or surgery center) and anesthesia services.

What if I don’t have insurance?

Our office is dedicated to making hernia surgery as affordable as possible, even if you don’t have insurance. No insurance? No problem!

What questions should I ask my surgeon before surgery?

Most things will be discussed with you in consultation, however, be sure you ask questions about pain management, what to expect after surgery and when you can resume normal or strenuous activities.

Do I need a referral to visit the Center for Hernia Repair?

We do not require a referral to our center.  We are happy to see any patient with a need to be seen.

What happens at my first visit?

During your initial visit, we help to clarify your diagnosis and treatment options through an in-depth interview and physical exam. Learn more about what to expect during your first visit.

Where will I have surgery?

Depending on the type of repair that you need, your surgery can be performed in a surgery center or a hospital.
Dr Yunis operates at a surgery center called Sarasota Physicians Surgery Center and is 1 mile from his office in Sarasota.
Dr Yunis operates at 2 highly regarded hospitals. 
Sarasota Memorial Hospital smh.com and HCA Florida Doctors Hospital Sarasota

How quickly can I arrange for an operation?

Smaller hernia operations scheduled at a surgery center can often be within 2 weeks of an office or telemedicine visit. 
Hernia repair operations that require a hospital may require ups to 6 weeks after the initial visit.

Which surgeon is best for hernia repair?

General surgeons and some plastic surgeons can help with hernia repair. If you are interested in a specialist, you may wish to consult with a hernia surgeon who spends most, or all of their time on hernia repair. Dr Yunis is among many excellent hernia specialists all over the country.

How long does hernia surgery take?

Some hernia operations can be less than an hour. Some larger and more complicated hernias may require 3 hours to complete. There are many different types and locations of hernias which will determine the length of time required for surgery. Your surgeon will be able to make a personalized estimation based on your case.

Can hernia surgery take 3 hours?

A routine hernia operation can take 30 minutes to 1.5 hours, but this depends on the size and type of hernia being repaired. Some very large recurrent hernias may require 3-4 hours of surgery for repair.

How long will I be off work after a hernia operation?

Depending on the type and severity of the hernia being repaired, you may return to work in as few as two or three days. Learn more about what to expect after hernia surgery in this article.

Do you lose weight after hernia surgery?

Several factors can influence weight loss after hernia surgery, including dietary recommendations after hernia repair and/or anesthesia used during surgery.

FAQs About Hernia Mesh

How long does hernia mesh last?

Most mesh in hernia surgery is permanent and lasts longer than a human lifespan. The mesh is usually a very fine and light weight material. It is placed in a position that rarely causes any problem for the patient.
Some newer meshes are absorbable and will disintegrate over 6 - 12 months. Despite the attractive nature of these materials, it is still unclear whether these meshes function as well as permanent meshes to reduce the risk of hernia recurrence.

Can you feel hernia mesh?

Because hernia mesh is usually placed on the inside of the muscular abdominal wall, you will not be able to feel it. Some types of mesh when placed in certain ways can lead to chronic discomfort or even pain.  A Hernia Specialist is capable of avoiding this problem.

How do I know if I have hernia mesh?

The hernia surgeon who performs your hernia repair will discuss your repair options including whether or not he/she will use hernia mesh and the type chosen for your circumstances.

How big is the mesh used in hernia surgery?

The size of hernia mesh used in your surgical procedure depends on the size of your hernia and repair site.

What are the symptoms of hernia mesh problems?

Often referred to as hernia mesh failure, a few signs of hernia mesh problems include:
  • Pain that does not resolve over time
  • Flu-like symptoms that can indicate infection
  • Bowel obstruction that leads to difficulty urinating and passing stools or gas
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