When searching for reputable hernia repair surgeons, how frequently a surgeon performs the operation can indicate high-quality service, according to Consumer Reports. Studies show that the more surgeries a surgeon performs, the lower the number of serious complications. Successful surgeons and hospitals also follow established protocols and prescribe proper medications.
Patients should look for surgeons who are board-certified in their specialty. They should ask questions about the number of surgeries performed in the previous year and the surgeon's success, failure and complication rates, notes Consumer Reports. Patients should also ask about the infection rate of the surgical hospital. As of 2015, about 17 states make hospital infection rates information public, and many hospitals provide the data voluntarily.