Because the hernia or hydrocele repair will probably be done under a general anaesthetic, you may need to undergo some basic tests to ensure your overall health is suitable for the procedure.
This will depend on your age and health, and could include an ECG (recording of your heart rhythm), chest x-ray and blood tests.
Your doctor will probably ask you to stop taking any aspirin and anti-inflammatory medication to ensure they’re out of your bloodstream before the procedure. This allows for bleeding and clotting times to return to normal.
You'll normally need to fast for six hours beforehand, but your doctor will have their own specific preparation requirements. These instructions should be strictly followed.
What do I take with me on the day?
- Any relevant x-rays or scans
- Medication you usually take during the day; you'll usually be able to take it
- Remove all nail polish and don’t wear make-up
- Leave valuables and jewellery at home (a plain band on your finger may be ok)
- Toiletries and nightclothes
- Comfortable clothes to go home in
- Men should bring firm underpants