How Dr. Doerhoff will tailor your repair.
A tailored repair means using the best technical approach, the best mesh, the best fixation, and the best anesthesia based on each patient’s hernia size and location, patient’s age and patient’s activity level.
Tailored repairs require the patient’s participation in providing a thorough health history, including previous operations, previous hernia repairs, and operative notes detailing whether mesh was used for the repair. Prior the appointment, patients should take the time to gather their health history by reviewing previous surgeries, names of hospitals and dates of past surgeries. If imaging studies have been performed, for example, a CT scan, patients should bring a copy of the imaging report and a CD of the images to their appointment. On the day of the appointment, if necessary, a release of records will be obtained in order for Dr. Doerhoff to review.
After physical exam and consultation with the patient, the critical element to a successful repair is the planning which includes matching the mesh, fixation and anesthetic to fit each patient’s unique needs.