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Getting Ready for Hernia surgery

The success of hernia surgery is frequently determined by how you prepare for surgery and what condition your body is in before surgery.  Many complications after surgery can be prevented by modifying risks factors before surgery.

Rehabilitation before surgery

The medical term "prehabilitation" comes from combining "pre" and "rehabilitation."  "Rehabilitation" is what we do after surgery to speed up recovery.  "Prehabilitation" is what we do before surgery to speed up recovery.

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Preparation before surgery can ensure success like giving an important presentation or running a race. Many complications after surgery can be prevented by you.  Taking an active role in your own care is very important for a fast and smooth recovery.

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We don't just offer hernia surgery.  We are serious about prehabilitation.  We will work closely with your family doctor and the preop anesthesia clinic to improve your medical condition and overall health before surgery.


Cigarette smoking and nicotine use in any form will reduce your ability to heal, and increases your risk of complications such as infections, wound separation, heart attacks, pneumonia and stroke. You should stop smoking at least 4 weeks before surgery.


Obesity increases complications. We measure obesity by the BMI (body mass index). A BMI of 30kg/m2 or less is ideal for hernia surgery. A BMI over 35kg/m2 is associated with more complications. If obesity makes surgery too risky to proceed, we will ask you to work with your medical doctor or dietitian to lose weight.  In some circumstances, we can offer weight loss surgery before hernia surgery.


Poorly controlled diabetes is a major reason patients have complications with surgery. If your HgA1C is above 7.5%, surgery should be postponed.


Eating a healthy balanced diet is good for your overall health, but it also helps your body heal faster after surgery.  Increase fresh fruits and vegetables, and reduce processed foods and sugary drinks.


Major hernia repair surgery is like running a marathon. The success of surgery frequently depends on your physical and mental condition going into surgery. Regular exercise and learning stress-reduction techniques before surgery will reduce your risks of complications.

Dr. Rockson Liu is One of the Best General and Hernia Surgeons in the United States

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“Dr. Rockson Liu performed colon surgery on me. I had full confidence in his skills and was very pleased with his performance. He explained thoroughly about using the robot in surgery as I was hesitant about its use. His bedisde manner is extraordinary and the way he cares for his patients is outstanding. He came to visit me on his day off in the hospital after surgery, as I was recovering. I was very pleased that I got such a skilled surgeon who is also a wonderful person.”

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Meet Dr. Rockson Liu, MD, FACS

The leading minimally-invasive, robotics-assisted general surgeon in the country

With 1000+ minimally-invasive, robotics-assisted surgeries completed, and a 100% success rate in ending recurrent hernias other surgeons were unable to solve, Dr. Liu has made a name for himself as the premier minimally-invasive general surgeon in the United States. 

Dr. Liu approaches every surgery with technical mastery and creative problem-solving. Those two skills allow for a faster recovery, minimal pain, and reduced scarring. 

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The leading minimally-invasive general and hernia repair surgeon on the West Coast, serving patients in the greater SF Bay Area. 

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(510) 465-5523

Oakland Office:
365 Hawthorne Ave. Ste 101
Oakland, CA 94609

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3010 Colby St. Ste 118
Berkeley, CA 94705


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