Anesthesia for Hernia Repair

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
A woman who may need anesthesia for hernia repair sits with family.

If you need a hernia repair, you may be asked whether you'd prefer to have it done while you are awake or asleep. This is an important factor to discuss before your operation with your anesthesiologist, who will talk to you about the best way to control your pain.

Anesthesiologists work alongside surgeons on both routine and highly complex hernia repairs to make sure patients are comfortable and safe. “We take care of the patient so that the surgeon can concentrate on just repairing the hernia,” says Yale Medicine's anesthesiologist Robert Stout, MD.