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A 57-year-old male asked:

To general surgeons: when a patient should be shaved for inguinal hernia, during anesthesia or before anesthesia (general).

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Fried
General Surgery 41 years experience
Just prior to cut: Either there should be no shave (which makes placing and removing bandages painful) or just prior to the incision being made.
Dr. Denny Rodenberg
General Surgery 31 years experience
Its a lot easier: When you're comfortable, and immediately before the surgical prep in the or. Some places think it's more efficient to shave earlier before, but we do that after anesthesia, and i believe that's best. A few minutes difference shouldn't matter in regard to infection risk.
Dr. David Earle
Dr. David Earle commented
General Surgery 31 years experience
Using a clipper is better than a razor at any stage.
Feb 23, 2013
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Talk to MD: The patient usually has hair clipped after anesthesia. Shaving is not used due to the risk of infection.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Either: Special surgical hair clippers are used in the operating room, not a shaving razor. Clipping the hair just immediately prior to surgery reduces risks of infection. Shaving the day or night before surgery increases risks of infection. Hair clipping can be done just before or after the anesthetic, depends on each surgical facility's policies.

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