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What to Expect

UNDERSTANDING HERNIAS                         TYPES OF HERNIAS                         HERNIA TREATMENT


While hernia repairs are common, patients are not. Understanding hernias and the different types of hernias is important. Our goal is to make each patient feel comfortable with their diagnosis and treatment options. Dr. Lisle and his team will guide you on what to expect before, during and after hernia repair. Following are a few things to consider:

Initial Consultation

This is your opportunity to meet Dr. Lisle and his team. You can expect an in-depth review of your health history during this appointment. Dr. Lisle will assess your hernia and make personalized recommendations for treatment. Together, you will determine the best next steps for your lifestyle and goals. Patients traveling from outside of Eagle County should arrive the day before surgery for an in-person consultation. For lodging and information, visit our Travel to Vail page. We ask that all patients please fill out a patient health form and email it back to prior to their appointment.  

Preoperative Rehabilitation

An individualized preoperative rehabilitation plan will be developed for you to ensure the best recovery possible. This may include smoking cessation, a visit with an endocrinologist to determine your endocrine health and meeting with a physical therapist from Howard Head Sports Medicine for some at-home exercises and stretches. 

Day Of Surgery

The Pre-Surgical Planning team will call you ahead of your surgery date with the time of your surgery and instructions for preparation. Patients should arrive an hour and half prior to surgery. A valet will park your car at no cost. Check in at the Admissions department. Dr. Lisle will meet you in the pre-operative area to go over the procedure and make sure you’re comfortable and nothing outstanding needs to be addressed.   

After Surgery

Patients experience varying levels of soreness in the first few days after surgery. You’ll be given pain medication as needed. It’s important for you to follow all post-surgery care instructions prescribed to you. Physical therapy will be recommended to get you back to the activities you love. 


While a typical recovery for open repair hernia surgery is 6-8 weeks with no strenuous activity, the recovery for laparoscopy surgery is much quicker, closer to 2 weeks. The vast majority of Dr. Lisle’s patients are back to their regular activities in 7-10 days. Our proven protocols and close relationship with Howard Head Sports Medicine will get you back to your baseline.