MemberJune 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm
i have travelled for hernia repair several times and am getting ready to travel to CA from VA for mesh removal and repair. None of my surgeries have been standard because I have had recurrences and problems with my mesh. When I had laparoscopic mesh removal and open repair in Maryland, I stayed in the hospital one night and in a hotel, that is run by the hospital and only costs $60/night, for three nights. I was able to make the 4 1/2 hour car ride home without a problem. I have never had a problem with infections either. I would think the doctor could tell you if you are at increased risk for infection. Since having problems after an abdominal wall reconstruction, I was referred to Dr. Towfigh and we flew from VA to CA for a consult. The trip was difficult because of the pain I have but it was worth it for her expertise. It was the best doctor appointment I have ever had and the first one where the doctor was interested in why I am having so many problems and rare hernias and how best to address these problems. It is definitely overwhelming to think of having surgery so far from home, but so worth it for expert care! I understand that if the doctor has lot of out of town patients, like Dr. Towfigh, the office staff are very helpful with making arrangements for your stay and following up after surgery. In my opinion, if you don’t have a hernia specialist close to home, it is worth it to travel and get the best care possible the first time. Like dr. Towfigh says #Itisnotjustahernia!! I hope this helps.