Bleeding after Hernia Repair
Bleeding is an uncommon risk after hernia repair. Small hematomas (localized bleeding into the wound) are not uncommon and self-resolves within a few weeks. Bleeding is most worrisome in patients that need to stay on aspirin during surgery due to heart risk, or take blood thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin), Lovenox (enoxaparin), Plavix (clopidrogel), Xarelto (rivaroxaban), Pradaxa (dabigatran). The risk of having a heart attack or blood clot while off the blood thinner should be balanced against the risk of bleeding from the operation.
In cases where bleeding is a high risk for you, Dr. Towfigh will always recommend the procedure which is safest if you are prone to bleeding.